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March 2003Vol. 4, No. 2Mini-Grants for Parent Support Groups

The Collaboration to AdoptUSKids is offering grants of up to $4,000 for groups supporting parents of children with special needs. Applicants are encouraged to include plans to involve birth parents, adopted persons, and siblings in their programs.

Grants are intended to fund new or existing support groups in the development of new programs or the expansion of existing programs. Funds can be used for:

  • Incorporation costs
  • Publicity regarding the group's formation
  • Ongoing costs of maintaining regular meetings
  • Scholarships to attend a national conference for adoptive parents
  • Online support groups
  • Development or enhancements of websites
  • Development of support group training or adoption-related curricula

The application deadline is April 1. Recipients will be announced in May, and grants will be distributed by June 1.

Eligibility requirements, grant applications, and instructions can be found on the AdoptUSKids website at dad=portal30&_schema= PORTAL30&_type=site&_fsiteid= 33&_fid=18900&_fnavbarid=2668 &_fnavbarsiteid= 33&_fedit=0&_fmode=2&_fdisplaymode=1&_ fcalledfrom= 1&_fdisplayurl=.

Or contact:
Sylvia R. Franzmeier, Parent Group Manager
Phone: (281) 413-7377
Fax: (281) 353-7459

Related Item

For more about parent groups, read "Starting and Nurturing Adoptive Parent Groups: A Guide for Leaders" in the publications section of this issue of Children's Bureau Express.