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“ The Financial Challenge of Adoption  and  How the Local Church Can Respond” Equipping churches to help adoptive families...
 
Overview Serving the fatherless, one need at a time
Who is Orphan Care Alliance? <ul><li>The Orphan Care Alliance (OCA) is a network of families, churches, and agencies that ...
A Variety of Ways to Serve Serving the fatherless is not just for those who can foster or adopt. All are called to serve t...
Our Approach <ul><li>Christian Family Advocacy Ministry </li></ul><ul><li>Adoption Seminars </li></ul><ul><li>Church Spons...
Community/Church Adoption Funds
Biblical Perspective <ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I. God’s Pull </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Romans 8:15-17:  “...
Financial Need & Resources <ul><ul><li>Often the greatest challenge –  cost of adoption </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ado...
Direct Grants <ul><ul><li>Directly awarded to family for adoption expenses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Given without repaym...
Adoption Matching Grants <ul><li>Matching Grants of up to $4,000/per child ($1-for-$1 match) </li></ul><ul><li>Kingdom act...
Federal Adoption Tax Credit <ul><li>Currently there is a federal adoption tax credit of up to $13,170 per child (for 2010-...
Interest-Free Loan <ul><li>Reduces initial, upfront ‘cash-flow crunch’ </li></ul><ul><li>Maximizes stewardship by allowing...
Other Helps <ul><ul><ul><li>Tax Credits </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Federal (as mentioned previously) </li...
How does  “Adoption Fund”  fit with church mission/vision? <ul><li>Evangelize  the lost </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adoption...
<ul><li>3 Options - in Creating an Adoption Fund  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Church  CREATES  own 501c3 (non-profit organizatio...
Option #1:  Creating own 501(c)3  organization /  the BENEFITS <ul><ul><ul><li>Building from ground up gives total ownersh...
Option #1 -  Creating own 501(c)3  organization /  the PROCESS
Option #2 –  Manage Fund in-house  /  the BENEFITS <ul><li>Gives the church complete ownership </li></ul><ul><li>Gets chur...
Option #2 –  Manage Fund in-house  /  the PROCESS <ul><li>Build your team / Choose the right model </li></ul><ul><li>Creat...
Option # 3 –  Church uses PARTNER  to facilitate/  BENEFITS <ul><ul><li>Partner can manage/facilitate the Fund & carry adm...
Option # 3 –  Church uses PARTNER  to facilitate/  PROCESS <ul><ul><li>Church & Partner have initial conference call to se...
Community/Church Adoption Funds
“ Both Hands”  Adoption Funding <ul><li>One for the WIDOW & One for the ORPHAN </li></ul><ul><li>Innovative tool to remove...
Real life example – Scott & Jennifer <ul><li>Adopting 1 yr old, cleft lip, India  (already had 2 children in family) </li>...
 
Real life example – Tim & Susan <ul><li>Adopted 2 yr old, China  (already had 5 children in family) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>...
 
Some Grant/Loan Organizations… <ul><li>abbafund.org </li></ul><ul><li>achildwaits.org </li></ul><ul><li>cadmanfoundation.o...
Q & A <ul><ul><ul><li>Darren Washausen,  Orphan Care Alliance (Louisville area churches)  [email_address] / 502-759-3681 <...
To ask a question:   U se the “Questions” bar on your webinar dashboard. Alliance Webinar Series The Christian Alliance fo...
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  • Evangelize the lost: Adoption is evangelism at its core…Bringing the mission field home, where children are loved, cared for, and discipled to know Jesus Christ as their Savior. Edify the saved: Adoption Fund challenges, encourages, and enables Believers to put their faith in action, by stepping out in faith to adopt (fulfilling God’s commands in scripture). The process also provides an opportunity for couples to develop relationships with other Christians as they seek prayer and financial support. Minister to those in need: There are millions of children waiting for forever families who would like to adopt them, but just can’t because of the financial barrier. By helping to reduce that barrier we are helping to rescue those children who are trapped in the cycle of orphan life. Be a Conscience in the community: As the Church becomes obedient to God’s commands concerning the fatherless, the community will see Jesus Christ is alive and working in the lives of His people to care for those children who can’t care for themselves. “As Christians we are often known for what we are against, but the world doesn’t know what we are for. Jesus said ‘Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” – FamilyLife’s Hope for Orphans (Matt 5:16)
  • Evangelize the lost: Adoption is evangelism at its core…Bringing the mission field home, where children are loved, cared for, and discipled to know Jesus Christ as their Savior. Edify the saved: Adoption Fund challenges, encourages, and enables Believers to put their faith in action, by stepping out in faith to adopt (fulfilling God’s commands in scripture). The process also provides an opportunity for couples to develop relationships with other Christians as they seek prayer and financial support. Minister to those in need: There are millions of children waiting for forever families who would like to adopt them, but just can’t because of the financial barrier. By helping to reduce that barrier we are helping to rescue those children who are trapped in the cycle of orphan life. Be a Conscience in the community: As the Church becomes obedient to God’s commands concerning the fatherless, the community will see Jesus Christ is alive and working in the lives of His people to care for those children who can’t care for themselves. “As Christians we are often known for what we are against, but the world doesn’t know what we are for. Jesus said ‘Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” – FamilyLife’s Hope for Orphans (Matt 5:16)
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    1. 1. “ The Financial Challenge of Adoption and How the Local Church Can Respond” Equipping churches to help adoptive families overcome one of the biggest barriers to adoption: money Host Church:  Southeast Christian Church   Presenter:      Darren Washausen, Southeast Christian Church/ Orphan Care Alliance           Andy Lehman, Lifesong for Orphans           Dwain Gullion, Abba Fund           Wendy Cosby, Show Hope Date:  Wednesday, October 27, 2010                    Time:  2:00 PM Eastern Alliance Webinar Series The Christian Alliance for Orphans Webinar Series is designed to help individuals like you create and grow effective adoption, foster care and global orphan ministry in local churches. Welcome to…
    2. 3. Overview Serving the fatherless, one need at a time
    3. 4. Who is Orphan Care Alliance? <ul><li>The Orphan Care Alliance (OCA) is a network of families, churches, and agencies that stand together with one voice, one heart determined to change the world one child at a time. </li></ul>Our Mission is to equip Christian families through the engagement of the local Church to provide loving care and/or homes for the fatherless.
    4. 5. A Variety of Ways to Serve Serving the fatherless is not just for those who can foster or adopt. All are called to serve the fatherless and there are many ways to do so. Increase Awareness Educate Provide Opportunity To Serve Family Recruitment Commitment To Support Foster/Adoptive Families
    5. 6. Our Approach <ul><li>Christian Family Advocacy Ministry </li></ul><ul><li>Adoption Seminars </li></ul><ul><li>Church Sponsorship & Support </li></ul><ul><li>Family Support Ministry </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Pre/Post Adoption Support </li></ul><ul><li>Dignity Bags & Bins </li></ul><ul><li>The Resource Store </li></ul><ul><li>Mentoring Ministry </li></ul><ul><li>Breakthrough Tutoring </li></ul><ul><li>Age-Out Life Coaching Program </li></ul><ul><li>Young Mom’s Program </li></ul><ul><li>Career Connect </li></ul>
    6. 7. Community/Church Adoption Funds
    7. 8. Biblical Perspective <ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I. God’s Pull </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Romans 8:15-17: “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ.” </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>II. God’s Promises </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2 Corinthians 9:8 : “God will generously provide all you need.” </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Philippians 4:19 : “This same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”  </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Matthew 7:11: Jesus said, “If you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him” </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>III. God’s Provision </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Romans 8:32 “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    8. 9. Financial Need & Resources <ul><ul><li>Often the greatest challenge – cost of adoption </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adoption ‘ ransom’ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“… Son of Man gave His life a ransom for many” Matt 20:28 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overview of the Costs of Adoption </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How much will it cost? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>State Foster Care </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Domestic Adoption – $8-25k </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>International Adoption - $20-$35k + </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All tools, ideas & organizations are just instruments in God’s hands… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>God is “Jehovah-Jireh ”! </li></ul></ul>
    9. 10. Direct Grants <ul><ul><li>Directly awarded to family for adoption expenses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Given without repayment or fundraising </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mirrors grace freely given to us </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grants range from $2,000-$10,000+ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disbursed directly to adoption agency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Based on financial need </li></ul></ul>
    10. 11. Adoption Matching Grants <ul><li>Matching Grants of up to $4,000/per child ($1-for-$1 match) </li></ul><ul><li>Kingdom activity: see adoption as “missions in reverse”… bringing the mission field home. (involves family, church, community) </li></ul><ul><li>Families given “turn-key” support raising kit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Biblical act of making needs known (Facebook, blog, letter, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Others donate tax-deductible gifts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. Harlow family - $2500 Matching Grant – raised over $11K </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>100% of donations to adoption expenses (no admin fee deducted) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Church, family friends become engaged financially & prayerfully </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Average Scenario: Matching Grant of $2,500 - mobilizes an additional $5,000 - average total grant funds for your adoption = $7500 </li></ul>
    11. 12. Federal Adoption Tax Credit <ul><li>Currently there is a federal adoption tax credit of up to $13,170 per child (for 2010-11) for unreimbursed “qualified adoption expenses.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>See IRS Tax Topic 607: Adoption Credit (www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc607.html), which provides general information about the current federal adoption tax credit. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Note: Please be sure to consult your tax adviser for additional information and to understand how the federal adoption tax credit works and may impact you. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    12. 13. Interest-Free Loan <ul><li>Reduces initial, upfront ‘cash-flow crunch’ </li></ul><ul><li>Maximizes stewardship by allowing family to capture $13k Federal Adoption Tax Credit </li></ul><ul><li>Couples sign a covenant agreement to repay </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Monthly or Annually </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(can use Fed Adoption Tax Credit to repay loan) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>The $13k is repaid & then circulated through the next family </li></ul><ul><li>Funds can become self-perpetuating, where loan repayments each month/year can help fund NEW families </li></ul>
    13. 14. Other Helps <ul><ul><ul><li>Tax Credits </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Federal (as mentioned previously) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>State </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Employer Adoption Assistance </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A number of companies have adoption assistance programs built into their benefits with some providing between $2,000--$10,000 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The military provides $2,000 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.adoptionfriendlyworkplace.org </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    14. 15. How does “Adoption Fund” fit with church mission/vision? <ul><li>Evangelize the lost </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adoption is evangelism at its core... </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Edify the saved </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Put faith in action; develop relationships/support </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Minister to those in need </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Millions of orphans trapped b/c of financial barrier </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Be a Conscience in the community </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>As Church is involved, the community will see Jesus is alive and working in His people (Matt 5:16) </li></ul></ul></ul>
    15. 16. <ul><li>3 Options - in Creating an Adoption Fund </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Church CREATES own 501c3 (non-profit organization) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Church MANAGES own funds, donations, distributions, screening, qualifying, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Church PARTNERS with an organization who will administer/facilitate the fund on behalf of the Church </li></ul></ul>
    16. 17. Option #1: Creating own 501(c)3 organization / the BENEFITS <ul><ul><ul><li>Building from ground up gives total ownership in vision, opportunity & rewards </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Empowers lay people to get involved / but staff doesn’t administer </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Spins off an entity that can grow nearly unlimited ways </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gives church financial separation between Fund & money </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Freedom to grow; not dependent/drain on church </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Allows the 501c3 responsibility to follow tax laws </li></ul></ul></ul>
    17. 18. Option #1 - Creating own 501(c)3 organization / the PROCESS
    18. 19. Option #2 – Manage Fund in-house / the BENEFITS <ul><li>Gives the church complete ownership </li></ul><ul><li>Gets church clergy, staff, and decision makers involved </li></ul><ul><li>Church an use the benevolence fund to avoid 501c3 </li></ul><ul><li>Funds can be from inside or outside church budget </li></ul><ul><li>Funds are maintained as part of the church budget </li></ul><ul><li>Step-by-step instructions & case studies available </li></ul><ul><li>Church is not dependent on third party </li></ul>
    19. 20. Option #2 – Manage Fund in-house / the PROCESS <ul><li>Build your team / Choose the right model </li></ul><ul><li>Create your grant & loan guidelines </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What types of adoptions will we fund? Who is eligible? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What percentage of the total adoption expenses will this grant supply </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Who on the team will make the grant decisions? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Managing </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Accounting, donation receipting, verifying qualified expenses, funds disbursement, IRS guidelines, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Example/Sample: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Step-by-Step Guide to start in-house fund: www.showhope.org/fund </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lake Pointe Church – www.lpcadoption.org </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    20. 21. Option # 3 – Church uses PARTNER to facilitate/ BENEFITS <ul><ul><li>Partner can manage/facilitate the Fund & carry administrative load on behalf of church </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>All screening, reviewing, approving/denying as partner of the church (agreed criteria) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>All accounting, receipting, disbursement of funds to approved agencies/expenses </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flexible – church can be as involved as desired </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quick – funds can be set up in 1-2 days </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Branding – Church Fund is “branded” as Church desires </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reports – monthly financial reports given to Church (balance, disbursements, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No Cost – no administrative fee / 100% of donations to Fund </li></ul></ul>
    21. 22. Option # 3 – Church uses PARTNER to facilitate/ PROCESS <ul><ul><li>Church & Partner have initial conference call to set up Fund (Q &A) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Church shares criteria/preferences for making decisions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Members of Church apply to Church Fund on church-branded application </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Applications come to Partner, who processes application as Church desires </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grant/Loan decision make in conjunction w/ Church </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Partner handles all disbursements & expenses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ABBA - www.abbafund.org/churchadoptionfunds.htm </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lifesong - www.lifesongfororphans.org/adoptFund.html </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Orphan Care Alliance www.orphancarealliance.org </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Iriving Bible Church (Tapestry) - www.tapestry.irvingbible.org </li></ul></ul></ul>
    22. 23. Community/Church Adoption Funds
    23. 24. “ Both Hands” Adoption Funding <ul><li>One for the WIDOW & One for the ORPHAN </li></ul><ul><li>Innovative tool to remove financial barrier </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A team fixes up a widow’s home </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Renovation provided for free to widow (donated labor & construction materials) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sponsorship donations help fund adoption expenses </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>How does this help fund adoptions? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>100% of donated sponsorships are used for adoption expenses </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Disbursed as Adoption Grant </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://vimeo.com/6483710 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.bothhandsfoundation.org </li></ul></ul></ul>
    24. 25. Real life example – Scott & Jennifer <ul><li>Adopting 1 yr old, cleft lip, India (already had 2 children in family) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adoption Cost: $31,350 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$3,300 - from savings </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$10,000 – adoption loan </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$2,500 – adoption matching grant </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$12,906 - donated, result of matching grant </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$3,000 – direct grant from organization </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$2,000 – unexpected property tax refund </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$300 - garage sale proceeds that friend held </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    25. 27. Real life example – Tim & Susan <ul><li>Adopted 2 yr old, China (already had 5 children in family) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adoption Cost: $25,050 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$2,000 gift from their church </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$2,000 savings </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$2,000 sold personal items </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$3,000 matching grant </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$9,716 donated, result of matching grant </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$1,000 result of giver after reading newsarticle </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$2,000 (2) anonymous givers $1,000 each </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$3,500 sister donated FF miles to pay for flights/airfare </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    26. 29. Some Grant/Loan Organizations… <ul><li>abbafund.org </li></ul><ul><li>achildwaits.org </li></ul><ul><li>cadmanfoundation.org </li></ul><ul><li>carolinespromise4u.org </li></ul><ul><li>ggam.org </li></ul><ul><li>hadassahshope.org </li></ul><ul><li>katelynsfund.org </li></ul><ul><li>lifesongfororphans.org </li></ul><ul><li>lydiafund.org </li></ul><ul><li>micahfund.org </li></ul><ul><li>nafadopt.org </li></ul><ul><li>ourcreatorshope.com </li></ul><ul><li>pathwaysforlittlefeet.org </li></ul><ul><li>showhope.org </li></ul>
    27. 30. Q & A <ul><ul><ul><li>Darren Washausen, Orphan Care Alliance (Louisville area churches) [email_address] / 502-759-3681 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wendy Cosby , Show Hope [email_address] / 615-550-5600 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Direct Grants, Church Fund guides </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dwain Gullion, ABBA Fund [email_address] / 336-345-2369 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Covenant Loans, Administer Church Funds </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Andy Lehman , Lifesong for Orphans [email_address] / 309-747-4515 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Covenant Loans, Matching Grants, Administer Church Funds </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    28. 31. To ask a question: U se the “Questions” bar on your webinar dashboard. Alliance Webinar Series The Christian Alliance for Orphans Webinar Series is designed to help individuals like you create and grow effective adoption, foster care and global orphan ministry in local churches. Save the date for next month’s webinar… Starting and Growing a Church-Based Orphan Ministry Explore the significant decisions, challenges and solutions involved in starting an adoption, foster and/or global orphan care ministry as a part of your church. Date:  Thursday, November 18 th                 Time:  2:00 PM Eastern
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