Grants for Adopted Children

Being an adopted child and knowing it will already have its own challenges and if you are planning to pursue higher education and are faced with financial difficulties, you’ll be glad to know that there are grants for adopted children that can help you find resources that can fund your quest for a better future through education.

Orphan Foundation of America (OFA) – since its beginnings in 1986, OFA, founded by Joseph Rivers, is now the largest provider of scholarships to foster children in the country. There are now more than 3,500 adopted children in all 50 states who receive college funding and other related support services. You can visit the OFA website to get more details about eligibility and other important requirements for their scholarship grants.

National Foster Parent Association (NFPA) – established in 1972, the NFPA today represents foster families throughout the country. It supports the development of quality foster care through education and training, and dissemination of information. It also promotes the positive image of foster care by encouraging involvement of the public in their activities. The association offers NFPA scholarships for adopted youth, and foster youth, including the biological children of licensed foster parents who are members of NFPA. Scholarships are available for university or college courses, correspondence courses and vocational or job training, and including GED. You can get more information about these scholarships through the NFPA webpage or through this address:

NFPA Scholarship Committee
National Foster Parent Association
2307 Tacoma Ave. S.
Tacoma, WA 98402

College Tuition Waivers – Not all states have this program or grants for adoptive children or any person who has been in the foster care system. This program allows adopted children to be exempt from undergraduate fees, matriculation, registration and laboratory fees. You need to search and find out if your state has this program. Look for it at your state’s education department or health and family services. Each state will have different eligibility requirements. States with confirmed college tuition waiver programs are Florida, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Texas and Virginia.

Adoption Assistance – This assistance program is administered by the US Department of Health and Human Services through the Office of the Administration for Children and Families. The objective of this program is to give financial aid to States, Tribal Organizations, and Indian Tribes so they in turn can provide subsidy assistance for the adoption of special needs children. The funds are to be given to the adoptive parents through the appropriate agency. Average grant amount is $45,839,919. You can get more information from your state’s regional DHHS, ACF office or through their headquarters at this address:

1250 Maryland Ave, SW
Washington, District of Columbia 20024
Telephone: 202-205-8438

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