Staying Encouraged When Your Adoption Profile Isn’t Chosen

Adoptive parents working on adoption profile

The Adoption Wait, Episode 5

“You do not give up on parenthood. If this is something you want to do...there are people like us who will help you. We will encourage you. We will read your story and celebrate you...Every day I want to build more families. I want to take this financial pressure off people. I want to make this an easier road for everybody and by everybody I mean everybody.” –Becky Fawcett

Becky Fawcett,
Becky Fawcett,

If you have already started your adoption journey, you know that adoption can be costly and the adoption wait can be lonely. Many prospective adoptive parents go to great lengths to fund their adoptions. There are many grant programs available, but not all of them are inclusive.

In this episode, we talk with Becky Fawcett, adoptive mother of two, and Founder/President of a national financial grant program that helps couples/individuals with the cost of adoption. was born in her adoption lawyers office when she asked what would happen if she couldn’t write the check. Her lawyer's answer made her realize people were choosing financial ruin to complete their families. has provided 608 adoption grants totaling over $5.69 million since 2007.

Becky created a program that filled a gap by inviting all individuals/couples regardless of ethnicity, gender, marital status, race, religion, or sexual orientation to apply for grants between $4,000 and $20,000 each. Becky says she wants to help everyone and “I mean it.”

Becky lives in NY with her husband and two daughters. Both of her daughters’ birth mothers had a wish for their children to travel the world and her heart explodes every time they get another stamp on the passport.

If you have ever felt alone in your wait and frustrated that you got left behind while your friends were building families or if you have struggled to present yourself genuinely to a birth parent, you’ll want to listen to Becky's story and the advice she shares to help encourage waiting adoptive parents while they wait to be matched.

Here’s what you will hear:

• The importance of mental health and taking care of yourself during the wait.

• How to be genuine in your adoption profiles.

• How & why you should apply for a grant with

• The importance of advocating for yourself with your agency and asking questions.

Links We Talk About & How to Find our Guest:

Instagram: @helpusadopt

About this Podcast

The Adoption Wait podcast was created for waiting adoptive parents looking for ways to feel less alone in their adoption journey. Join author and host Laci Richter (Refuel Your Wait: Find Hope and Overcome Fear While Adopting) as she chats with adoptive parents who have been through the wait. If you are waiting to adopt, these are the conversations that will offer practical advice and emotional support from those who get it.

Laci Richter