With the average adoption costing between $20,000 and $30,000 interest-free loans can be helpful but they don’t cover the whole cost. Here are a few creative ideas that other adoptive couples have used and God has provided through to fundraise for their adoption. Feel free to add your own ideas in the comments:
1. Host a Raffle or Online Auction. Have people and local businesses donate goods and services and have an online auction through Ebay or on your website.
2. If traveling internationally ask people to donate Frequent Flyer Miles.
3. Fund raising events Host a ticketed event with a theme and a meal (Valentines, Crazy 80’s night, Mexican Fiesta, etc). Consider hosting this at a community center, church, or restaurant, etc. Tracie Loux, an adoption consultant in Kansas City, also suggests giving people options for their ticket prices and holding a silent or live auction as part of the evening (get local businesses to donate gift certificates, gift baskets, products or services, and local artists to donate photography and artwork)
4. Set up a blog, website, or Facebook Group to journal about your adoption journey and include a DONATE link through Paypal for people wanting to give to your adoption fund.
5. Fundraising Sales. Do a fundraiser similar to what youth groups or schools do to raise funds for mission trips, band trips, senior trips, (ie. car wash, bake sale, etc)
6. Yard Sales. Have friends and church family donate items and have a huge yard sale with all proceeds going towards your adoption.
7. Donate your old cell phones and print cartridges. Every print cartridge is worth $1.00, and cell phones can be redeemed for a few dollars all the way up to a couple hundred dollars each.
8. A Child’s Desire has developed a fundraiser selling Kidsafe ID cards to your local daycares and preschools. The profits can be used by any adopting family towards their adoption-related expenses.
9. Baby Bottle Campaign. Buy bottles in bulk (or get used ones donated) and design a paper flyer to go in each bottle telling about your adoption. Then distribute them to friends, family, businesses, churches, schools, daycares – whoever is willing to put their spare change in the baby bottle. Give them one month to see if they can fill the bottle and then collect them. One crisis pregnancy center that does this averages $20-25 per bottle so this idea can really add up. It’s also a great way to get kids involved.
10. Mail letters to friends and family telling them about your plans to adopt. Send it out like a birth announcement. Share with them the estimated costs and ask them to consider helping.
11. Use a skill or hobby and sell items online or through your community network. Examples are paintings, crafts, photography, music, greeting cards, etc.
12. Independent Consulting/Sales. Sign up with a cosmetics, Tupperware, or other company where all sales you make through hosting parties, etc will go towards your adoption. Get the whole family involved!
13. Catelog Sales. Sign up with an online or paper catalog program where in many cases 50% of the profit goes towards your adoption. One example is http://www.currentfun.com