HELPING FAMILIES UNITE THROUGH
ADOPTION ASSISTANCE

THE CHILDREN NEED FAMILIES PROJECT:

As the parents of seven children, Tim Ballard, Founder of Operation Underground Railroad, and his wife, Katherine Ballard, knew that two more must join their already ‘at capacity’ family when Tim phoned home one night from Haiti.

Two little ones, a brother and sister, had pulled Tim’s heartstrings, and their tale soon resounded with Katherine… even though she was over 4000 miles away at the time.

However, deciding to adopt was merely the start of a long and frustrating procedure. Katherine and Tim experienced a tedious and challenging bureaucratic process that spanned almost two years.

Following her experience, Katherine felt a deep urge to help more children unite sooner (rather than later) with their adoptive families. She knew first-hand how waiting children and families were separated not only by distance, but by expenses, government approval, legal fees, and forms.

Something had to be done, and Kathrine knew, “We can do more!”

Emotionally and financially draining for all involved, adopting parents often take a second or third job. Fundraisers, car washes, and yard sales are typically part of the narrative of a family trying to save enough money to bring their children home and complete an adoption.

The Children Need Families Project (CNF) was created almost overnight in response to this obvious need and Katherine’s prompting.

“What do children need?” was the question raised.

The answer?

“Children need families.”

The Children Need Families Project (CNF) is passionately dedicated to meeting the most intrinsic need of a child…to have a permanent loving family and home.

A special project of Operation Underground Railroad, CNF works in partnership with adoption agencies, orphanages, and adoptive families worldwide, offering a grant subsidy to assist families seeking an opportunity to give a caring home to children in need to overcome one of the most prohibitive steps of the adoption process: The cost.

Once families apply and are approved, a substantial one-time grant is gifted from generous CNF donors to the family and/or the adoption agency. CNF grants alleviate the financial stress and burden of the adoption process by offsetting adoption, legal, travel, and other expenses. Once CNF presents grants, adoptions move toward completion more rapidly, and children come home!
Head Quarters:
Provo, UT.
OUTREACH:
4 COUNTRIES
EXPANSION INTO 22 COUNTRIES
founded:
MAY, 2018

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