Got adoption questions?
Please take a moment to review some of the most frequently asked questions. We hope this helps to provide the answers to your questions, but should you have additional questions please contact us. You can and should discuss these and other questions with the agency you work with but we are providing these for general awareness.
What is Sacred Selections?
Sacred Selections is a non profit 501c3 California corporation with a mission to provide financial means for Christian couples in need of assistance for the fees associated with the adoption process. See our home page for the Sacred Selections mission statement.
What are the Sacred Selections grant criteria?
The foundation’s core mission is to provide the financial means for Christian couples who are members of a conservative, non-institutional, non-instrumental, Church of Christ and need financial assistance with the cost of the adoption process, but who otherwise meet the requirements of their state (completed home study) for adoption.
The specifics of the application process can be found under “How to Apply” on the web site. In general terms the foundation will consider the following items in making a determination to grant funds:
- Stated income
- Stated assets
- Successfully completed home study
- Reference letters from the required sources
- Personal letter to the foundation board – your “story”
- Status of any adoption process (current or past)
- Availability of sufficient funds in the foundation
Does a couple need to be a member of a Church of Christ to be considered for a grant?
Yes. The foundations official mission statement filed with the California Secretary of State specifies the funding of couples that are members of a local, non-institutional, non-instrumental, conservative Church of Christ.
How much does adoption cost?
A domestic adoption typically costs between $30,000-$40,000. International adoptions can cost $40,000 – $50,000 plus the additional travel for 1 to 3 trips
How much of the cost are we responsible for?
The typical adoption fees to adoption agencies, attorneys or licensed adoption facilitators are covered by a Sacred Selections grant. Legally allowed expenses are covered by the foundation, but not paid directly to the birth mother. The cost of the home study is not covered by the foundation (if the agency includes this fee in their “package” it will be deducted from the granted funds).
Got donation questions?
Please take a moment to review some of the most frequently asked questions. We hope this helps to provide the answers to your questions, but should you have additional questions please contact us.
Who runs the foundation?
Sacred Selections has twelve board members. The members of the board serve voluntarily and are not compensated for their time, energy or other participation to oversee the foundation’s activities. All of the funds donated to the foundation are used exclusively for the funding of adoptions.
The board meets every four months to cover a specified set of agenda items and topics and to oversee and provide guidance to the foundation’s Director and support service staff.
The board welcomes your calls or emails with any questions you may have about us, our activities, charitable status, financials or related business practices.
Where will my monetary donation go?
100% of all private donations go exclusively to fund the direct costs of adoption. 100% of all net fundraiser donations go directly to cover adoption expenses. Fundraising events-activities do have costs. Many of these costs are covered by event sponsors. After covering event costs all net proceeds are used only for adoptions.
Who will receive a grant from the money I donate?
Sacred Selections only provides grants to couples who are members of the “conversative”, non-instrumental and non-institutional church of Christ.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes all financial donations are tax deductible. SS recognized by the IRS as a “public-charity [501c3] corporation.
How can I donate to Sacred Selections?
We have several ways for you to donate in support of helping children find a home. You can donate HERE. You can attend one of several fundraising events around the country. You can participate in one of our ongoing donor campaigns such as the FUTURE 500, our FIRST RESPONDER Campaign or sign up to become a RECURRING donor.
Or you can mail a check to the following address.
Sacred Selections • 4144 Shores Road • Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Can I donate to help a specific family?
We encourage donations in support of an adopting couple and we document these intentions. We are not allowed by the IRS to exclusively allocate funds for specific families. Your donations will go into a general adoption fund but we make every effort not to over promise what we have financial resources to fulfill.
Can I donate “In Memorium” to a friend or family member who has passed?
Yes, we receive many generous donations in honor and in memory of loved ones that have passed. Click here for more instructions.
How does SS cover its administrative and operating costs?
We have several corporate donors who generously give to help us and give us permission to use their donations to cover the costs of running the foundation. Their generosity and their wisdom is what allows Sacred Selections to ensure that 100% of private donations go only to adoption. Learn more about becoming a corporate donor.
How does Sacred Selections distribute the money to or for the adopting families?
We only send money directly to the adoption agencies, attorneys or parties directly related to the adoption process. We DO NOT send funds to the adopting family. This model prevents any temptation to misuse funds, it allows us to track every expense and helps us build long term and trusted relationships with many adoption agencies and attorneys.
How can I donate to Sacred Selections?
Payments can be made by check, credit card, or PayPal. Donations can be made to the foundation general fund, a tribute or directed donations can also be arranged by contacting a member of the foundation at 916-770-0336.
Still have questions?
Certainly you’re not the first person with questions about adoption. Visit our FAQ (frequently asked questions) page where we hope to provide answers.
Ready to participate?
Thousands have supported Sacred Selections over the years as a way to “care for the fatherless” through the process of adoption. These supporters see their donations as an investment in “Kingdom work”, fulfilling James 1:27, individually giving, caring for the fatherless through adoption.
Sacred Selections, Inc. is incorporated in California as a 501(c)3 charitable organization, EIN 20-0244936.