By Shelley Skuster // Guest Writer
The cost of the adoption process can be daunting, but there are clever ways to afford it.
Not only are there grant opportunities for families, there are also resources like “How to Adopt Without Debt,” and interest-free loans available to help make the process more affordable.
In addition to these avenues, families may opt to host a fundraiser as well.
Here are six creative adoption fundraising ideas:
1. Host a Multi-Family Garage Sale
Hosting a multi-family garage sale is a great way for people to join your village. Ask neighbors, friends and family members to go through their closets and donate items for you to sell at a garage sale. Give yourself plenty of time to organize, price items to sell and solicit family members and friends to help the day-of.
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2. Collect Cans
If your state has a bottle or can deposit, ask people to collect their beverage containers and drop ‘em off in your yard on a specified weekend instead of taking them in for redemption themselves. Most states that offer a deposit only provide a small amount for each can or bottle, but the total can add up fast when people participate!
3. Host a Bake Sale
Host a bake sale at your church or community center. Ask colleagues, neighbors, friends and family members to whip up their favorite baked items. A great time to consider hosting a bake sale is before any holiday when people are looking for ways to feed a crowd.
4. Sell Homemade Items
Whether it’s sewing custom headbands on Etsy.com or canning jars of your family’s homemade salsa, selling homemade items can bring in a lot of money. Plus, the customer gets something in return for their donation! It’s a win-win.
5. Organize a Breakfast or Dinner Benefit
Pancake breakfasts or spaghetti dinners at your local church or community center can generate a lot of people looking to dine out with a purpose. You can charge a set price per plate, or you may consider opting for free-will donations instead. Either way, hosting a breakfast or dinner benefit can provide a great avenue for people to socialize, enjoy good food and support your family.
6. Set up Mini Photo Sessions
Partner up with a local photographer who can offer mini sessions for clients at a discounted price with proceeds going to your adoption fund. If you dabble in professional photography yourself, consider spending an afternoon taking photos for families at a set price.
Shelley is a former award-winning television journalist turned stay-at-home mom. She’s the writer behind This Family’s Journey, a candid blog about surviving infertility and the privilege of being an adoptive mom. Shelley is a well-known adoption advocate in Iowa who enjoys spending time with family and friends, a strong cup of coffee, and the occasional happy hour. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook!