Preparing for Your Adoption

As you begin the journey to adoption or foster care, consider preparing your heart as you wait.



Ask your agency for resources available to prepare your family. We also recommend these resources from Christian ministries:


Group studies

Fellowship and encouragement on the adoption journey are very important. If possible, try finding an older adoptive couple or parents who are ahead of you in their parenting to mentor and encourage your family. Additionally, consider starting a group for couples/moms/dads/prayer & fellowship, etc., so you can build relationships with other like-minded families. Finally, consider reading and/or leading a Created to Connect study along with reading The Connected Child book.



This is not an exhaustive list of books, but here are a few we recommend–

DVD & Video Training

 Tax Credit Info
  • Becky Wilmoth at Bill’s Tax Service, 501 W. Broadway, Centralia, IL  62801, phone: 618.532.7223 will be glad to answer your questions regarding the Adoption Tax Credit.
  • Research information on the Federal Adoption Tax Credit & State Tax Credits. Click here for a free, downloadable tax credit resource from Adoption Learning Partners that will help adoptive families determine their eligibility for the adoption tax credit.

“Thank you so much! We cannot thank Lifesong enough for helping us get our kids home and now for helping put tools in our hands to parent them and lead them to wholeness.”
Michael & Karla
Adoptive Parents & Empowered to Connect Conference Scholarship Family


The Financial Barrier

  • Be intentional about fundraising – Both Hands projects, events, sales, community – schools and libraries can all be beneficial to raising funds for your adoption.
  • Hesitant to fundraise? Listen in to an adoptive couple’s fundraising journey.
  • Apply for adoption grants, loans, and scholarships.


Please also consider these testimonials from Lifesong families who have brought their children home:


Additional Resources
  • — Ministry of Focus on the Family offering Free Post Adoption Phone Line, FREE service for adoptive families! The phone number is 800-A-FAMILY (232-6459) and is staffed Mon – Fri from 8am – 10pm EST by counselors who have been trained by Dr. Karyn Purvis.
  • —  Non-profit organization providing you with the latest in Adoption Grant Resources, Adoption Education and more.
  • — a comprehensive go-to site for adoptive parents, featuring a step-by-step adoption funding checklist, financial worksheets, a grant matrix (with over 80 adoption grants!), and several other organizational tools.