Process Overview

In following with the policies of our grant partner, Lifesong for Orphans, our goal is for children to be adopted into traditional, 2-parent Christian families. We determine what financial assistance will be offered based on the following criteria:

  1. Leading of the Holy Spirit as the selection committee prays for wisdom
  2. The needs of the child (special needs, older child, etc.)
  3. The financial need of prospective adoptive parents
  4. Letter showing support from the church you attend
  5. Availability of funds


  1. Submit your completed "Say Yes" grant application (download below) after your homestudy is complete.
  2. To comply with IRS guidelines and ECFA best practice, we must receive your complete application before a child is placed in your home.
  3. Due to the volume of applications received, please allow 4 to 6 weeks for processing.
  4. We will prayerfully consider your request and make a determination, indicating the specific amount (if approved). You will receive notification from Open Hearts for Orphans via email at that time.
  5. If you requested any of the additional funding resources through Lifesong, they will make contact with you directly.
  6. Any questions or status updates can be sent to 


"Say Yes" Adoption Grant Application



We've aligned ourselves with Lifesong for these reasons:

  • They are a trustworthy organization with a history of being good stewards with ECFA Accreditation.
  • They share our same belief system.
  • They are committed to giving 100% of our donations to the families who need the funds. 
  • Aligning with Lifesong allows our grant families to additionally apply for financial assistance through interest-free loans, matching grants, and personal crowdfunding sites.


The History of our "Say Yes" grant

  • In 2016,  our "Say Yes" adoption grants started as a $300 reimbursement for a  family's application fee - one of the initial points at which they gave  their YES to the adoption process.  
  • In 2017, we were able to increase that amount to $350. In 2018, as agency application fees rose, our grants grew to $500 PLUS a strategic prayer partner from Ignite Hope, a special ministry devoted to prayer in the process.  
  • In  2019, we were able to double our impact and give families $1,000 that will not only offset their application fee, but will also begin helping them chip away at those next steps in the process..
  • In 2020, our grants will range from $1,000 - $2,000 and families will have access to many additional funding opportunities through Lifesong for Orphans, our grant partner.

Help families say YES.

Your support and contributions will enable us to help more families break down the financial barriers and say yes to adoption

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Downright Lovable

Your support and contributions will enable us to help more families adopt children with Down syndrome.

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"Say Yes" 2018

"Say Yes" 2017