Kelly Ellison, adoptive mom and founder of Your Adoption Finance Coach, reflects on why she’s thankful this holiday season, and WACAP families top the list. (WACAP is committed to building strong families; partnering with Your Adoption Finance Coach, we offer adopting families coaching support and resources to help them become financially prepared for their adoption, and as a result, even more equipped to focus on the child waiting to be welcomed home.)
A season of celebration and thanks is upon us. As we’ve met with family and friends, and prepare for the holiday gatherings yet to come, we have the opportunity to reflect on the things that we are grateful for, this year and years past. I’m particularly grateful of our work with our WACAP families. Let’s face it, adoption isn’t easy; it requires a strength of heart and dedication that we always find when working with WACAP families.
The financial aspect of an adoption can be one of the most challenging. Our role is to help WACAP families create a comprehensive financial plan for their adoption. Over the years, we’ve seen many WACAP families meet this challenge head on and succeed in bringing their family together forever. Some of the most successful families choose to diversify their approach, whether it’s a crowd funding, grants or special events, it’s never one thing! Working with families one-on-one, our coaches help them to establish the amount of money they will need for their adoption and how to put all the pieces together. Typically, a family will end up receiving a loan and a grant and will then fundraise or receive a family gift for the rest. For those not comfortable raising money, the Adoption Tax Credit serves as a possible refund after the adoption is complete which can apply toward a loan they may have taken out in the beginning.
In our work with WACAP these past couple years, we’ve worked with over 75 WACAP families and each one is unique and special! Your Adoption Finance Coach shares WACAP’s mission to find families for each and every child – regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, number of siblings, or special medical needs. When we work with a family we never give up, and no matter what the circumstances, we strive to find the financial resources that will help families solve the cost-related challenges.
If you’re adopting through WACAP and you haven’t had an opportunity to work with us, we encourage you to ask your case manager how to get in touch with one of our coaches to see how we can assist you with your adoption financial plan.
About Your Adoption Finance Coach:
Your Adoption Finance Coach offers online resources, training and one-on-one coaching helping adoptive families create and implement a financial plan for completing their adoptions. Kelly Ellison is the founder/CEO and is also an adoptive parent. She has over 25-years of experience in the non-profit sector raising millions of dollars for causes from the arts to the environment. Ms. Ellison brings her expertise to the adoption industry creating the adoption finance coaching system which services over 1,200 families from over 25 adoption agencies and professionals across the country.