Over the past 13 years, Your Adoption Finance Coach has had the honor to work with more than 6,000 prospective adoptive parents. We have assisted them with budgeting, receiving grants and loans, planning successful fundraisers, and understanding the Adoption Tax Credit.
Last year, one dad we worked with was determined to do everything he could to bring his 2 sons home from Colombia – and to make sure that once they were home, that he still had money in his savings to adequately care for them and provide for their future.
Stephen worked hard to procure grants – he utilized all of YAFC’s resources and achieved a great deal of success. We are sharing his story here with you this month with the hope that it will inspire you to seek out YAFC’s help with YOUR adoption journey.
How did YOUR ADOPTION FINANCE COACH assist you in writing grants?
Everything YAFC offered, I took advantage of – and everything helped! I immediately logged into their online portal and watched ALL the videos – even the ones that I wasn’t sure applied to me. I think all the information that I took in was ultimately very helpful, even if it didn’t seem like it applied to my situation at the time.
After viewing the videos, I called my personal coach, and the help she provided was key to my success. If I had only watched the videos and just looked at the grants and loans template, I would have likely concluded that I wasn’t eligible for any grants and probably wouldn’t have applied for anything. However, my coach listened to the details of my unique situation and helped me to compose my story in such a compelling way that I received $32,000 in grants! She also recommended the foundations to which I should apply and I am glad to say that I followed her advice – it paid off!
So from your experience, you believe there is value in utilizing both the online portal AND the personal coaching?
Definitely. The portal offered a great deal of helpful information. However, having a personal coach, a human being, I could talk to and bounce ideas off of helped me understand how the information from the portal applied to me and more importantly, put it to good use.
My coach was readily available - I appreciated that I could both email her quick questions AND jump on the phone with her to talk through more complex inquiries; and I always had the portal there as a reference point with best practices, helps and templates. The assistance I got from YAFC was invaluable.
Anything else to say about your experience with YAFC?
I fear there are prospective adoptive families out there who believe they make too much money or don’t need help – and so when offered the services of YAFC by their agency or attorney, they look the other way. I think this is a mistake. I would urge families to give YAFC the opportunity to ease the financial burden of your adoption journey; it will make both a short-term and long-term difference. Because of YAFC’s help, I was in a much better financial position when my teen and preteen sons came home than I would have been without utilizing their services. I am grateful.
GUIDING AND SUPPORTING FAMILIES THROUGH THE FINANCIAL HURDLES OF THE ADOPTION JOURNEY
It was our pleasure to help Stephen complete the adoption of his 2 amazing sons, Santiago and Julian.
We know that adoption is complicated! There are many plates spinning at the same time. Our famous line, “paperwork, politics, and finances” - it’s all too true!
We created Your Adoption Finance Coach to help families like YOU raise the money you need to complete your adoption journey and bring your child home. We consider it a privilege to work closely with families on such a personal journey and we’d welcome the opportunity to assist you.
If you are interested in learning more about our services and how we can help your family, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.