Recognizing the fundamental rights of all children, we empower families and communities to make real and lasting change in the lives of orphaned and at-risk children through international special needs adoption grants and humanitarian initiatives.
Our StoryBrittany's Hope is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to aiding and facilitating adoptions of special needs children from around the world. Unicef's latest figures estimate that more than 153 million children languish in institutions and orphanages around the world; typically in countries which are under-developed and plagued by poverty, social restrictions, and war. If you are an abandoned child with special needs of any kind, chances are slim you will receive the medical care you need to reach your potential.
Our organization was created with the hope of building a bridge to unite special waiting children and families who wish to adopt a child but are burdened by the substantial cost associated with adopting a child internationally. Although we assist with advocating for our special children, Brittany's Hope is not an adoption agency. We raise funds and work with adoption agencies to lower the cost of adopting special needs children. One hundred percent of all donations we receive are used to place financial grants or to benefit one of our humanitarian efforts.
Although we are based in the United States, we place financial grants only on international waiting special needs children. There are many grant and scholarship programs available to families wishing to adopt special needs children domestically, however there are few opportunities to receive financial assistance when adopting internationally. We work closely with our Affiliate Agencies, all of which are international adoption agencies. These agencies submit applications on behalf of waiting children who are especially difficult to place with families. They may simply be older than the desirable toddler age, part of a sibling group, physically challenged, or be classified as special needs as a result of a traumatic birth. They may also be healthy children born with the stigma of rape or a family history of mental illness which causes them to be labeled as a special needs child.
Once a child is labeled, regardless of the reasons why, it becomes much harder for agencies to find families who are interested in choosing a child with "special needs" over a healthy child. We have granted children from China, Vietnam, Korea, Russia, Kazakhstan, Guatemala, Haiti, Sierra Leone, Taiwan, Colombia, Philippines, Estonia, Lithuania, India, and Eastern Europe. These grants are child-specific grants, which means the grant is placed on a chosen child; in this way we are unique among granting organizations.
In addition to this, we also sponsor other humanitarian efforts to benefit the children who are left behind, arranging for surgeries, safe cribs, formula, and education and transitional housing for older orphans.
Our InspirationBrittany's Hope was created in January 2000 for the purpose of advocating for orphaned special needs children who are longing for the love of a family. Our organization was inspired by our first adopted child, Brittany who we adopted when she was 12 years old. While Brittany was home for Christmas break in January 1999, during her senior year in college, her life was tragically cut short as a result of a car accident.
She was pursuing a career in social work and hoped to help waiting children find loving families. As we reflected upon the person that Brittany was and the work that she planned to do, we remembered a conversation she shared shortly before her death. She stated she "dreamed of a world where all children know the peace and love only a family can provide."
Although Brittany was unable to pursue her dreams, we wanted to honor her life by beginning the work she intended. As a result, Brittany's Hope was born. We believe every child deserves to know the love and security only a family can provide; our organization reflects this passion. Through our work, we advocate for children who would likely spend their lives in an orphanage as a result of a disability or simply because they are older than the more desirable infant. Sometimes our advocacy means the difference between whether or not the child even survives, such as our heart baby cases. Although we are a small organization, we provide hope and love to children from around the world by helping them find their forever families.