Riverdale YM-YWHA


The Sarah Lily Fund for Adoption

As part of its mission to strengthen families, build community, and promote Jewish identity and continuity, The Riverdale Y has established the Sarah Lily Fund For Adoption. It is understood adoption is an expensive undertaking. The Fund provides two $5,000 grants annually to help Jewish couples or individuals who are committed to building a Jewish family through adoption.

Jewish parents-to-be who have obtained a certificate of court approval to adopt, or approval from an agency to make a foreign adoption, completed a home study allowing them to adopt, can demonstrate financial need and are residents of the New York metropolitan area are eligible for grants from the Fund.

Sarah Lily Fund grants can be used to help cover: adoption fees; adoption agency fees; court costs; legal fees; government certification of forms for foreign adoptions; travel expenses; and birth mothers' medical costs. Grant dollars cannot be used to send money directly to birth mothers or to make donations to foreign countries.

Eligible people seeking a Sarah Lily Fund grant are required to complete a brief application form and write a statement of no more than one page about why they should receive an award. To get an application form, please click hereIf you have questions please email sarahlilyfund@riverdaley.org or call 347-913-4386. Applications are due on November 15* or May 15.


A Word of Thanks:

Initial funding for the Sarah Lily Fund was provided by Alan Genachowski, Jennifer Meller M.D., and Community Funds, Inc. - The Gilbert Kerlin Fund. Additional major support was donated by members of the Genachowski family, the Butterfly Fund of the Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund, several donor-advised funds at the Jewish Communal Fund and at the FJC, and more than 200 other individuals.

If you would like to support the work of the Fund, please go to the Support Us page. You may also send a tax-deductible contribution to:

The Sarah Lily Fund
Riverdale YM-YWHA
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Bronx, NY 10471

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