Timothy Ballard, Founder of Operation Underground Railroad, and his wife, Katherine Ballard, started the process of adopting two children from Haiti. The parents of seven children, Katherine and Tim knew that two more must join their already 'at capacity' family when Tim met a brother and sister on a trip to Haiti. Months into the adoption process, Katherine felt pulled, impressed, to help more children unite sooner (rather than later) with their adoptive families. She knew first hand, how these waiting children and families were separated not only by distance, but by expenses, government approvals, legal fees, and forms. She and Tim knew very well how tedious the 'wait' was, up to two-plus years for them and others. 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. Children Need Families foundation or CNF was created almost overnight, in response to this tremendous need and Katherine's prompting. "What do children need?" was the question raised when this organization was in it’s infancy. The answer: "Children need families."

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Children Need Families (CNF) is passionately dedicated to meeting the most intrinsic need of a child, to have a permanent family and home. CNF works in partnership with adoption agencies, orphanages, and adoptive families, worldwide, offering a grant subsidy to assist with one of the often prohibitive steps of the adoption process, the cost.


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What is Children Need Families (CNF)?

Children Need Families (C.N.F), is a project of O.U.R founded by Katherine Ballard. To further O.U.R. Aftercare efforts,C.N.F works in partnership with adoption agencies, orphanages, and adoptive families worldwide, offering a grant subsidy to families pursuing adoption. We assist with one of the most prohibitive steps of the adoption process, the cost. While we are not an adoption agency, we work with trusted partners to provide information and funding to adoptive and potentially adoptive couples. The work of C.N.F. directly serves children who are at-risk of trafficking and other forms of exploitation to find their loving, forever families. C.N.F. is honored and proud to be part of this amazing process.


What is a CNF grant?

It is a one-time gift of financial assistance to an applicant who is in the process of adopting or about to begin the adoption process. The applicant must be currently working with a licensed, accredited adoption agency and complete the CNF grant application. As with any grant, application for a grant does not guarantee receipt of a CNF grant. Families are chosen on a case by case basis dependent on many factors, including but not exclusive of financial need. Every application is thoughtfully read and carefully considered.

Is CNF an adoption agency?

CNF or Children Need Families is a special project of O.U.R.  We are not an adoption agency. The primary mission of CNF is to assist adoptive families already in the adoption process, by offering a financial assistance grant. We also provide information about the adoption process and answer questions related to adoption. Prospective parents already working with a Hague accredited international adoption agency or a private domestic agency or Foster Care, are invited to apply for a financial assistance grant. 

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