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Welcome to Golden Dawn Adoption Assistance Inc.


"Our mission is to provide grants to assist families of faith, including Latter-day Saints, to adopt children with special needs and other hard to place children."

Golden Dawn Adoption Assistance is dedicated with love to Karissa Dawn Smith
September 10, 1999 - August 15, 2004
who taught us the joys of adopting a child with special needs.

Karissa Dawn Smith


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We started Golden Dawn Adoption Assistance Inc. as a memorial to our daughter Karissa "Kari" Dawn who was adopted from Viet Nam in December of 1999. When Kari was two years old she was diagnosed with autism. Kari died in an accident on August 15, 2004 at age four. Kari is the Dawn of Golden Dawn.

Tilli Noel, our beautiful AKC registered Golden Retreiver, was born on Christmas day 2006. Tilli contributed eleven pups in the spring of 2008 which we sold to raise funds for our first grants.

Tilli has contributed 45 pups to help raise funds for our grants.

Tilli is the Golden of Golden Dawn.

Picture of Tilli's face

If you would like to see pictures of the cutest puppies in the world you can go to Tilli's pups and look at pictures of Tilli's last contributions.

After contributing 45 fabulous healthy puppies to the cause Tilli retired from the puppy producing business, but we have adopted a very beautiful AKC Registered Tri-Colored shetland Sheepdog named Princess Triana Belle. Shetland Sheepdogs or Shelties as they are often called can be outstanding companion dogs. They are very trainable because they are intelligent and anxious to please. They are loving, affectionate, and extremely loyal to their family members, but are naturally aloof and reserved around strangers. They are good with children and can be good guard dogs. Triana has Champions and a good variety of coat colors in her blood line and we anticipate some exceptional puppies from her. As with Tilli, all money from the sale of Triana's puppies will go to grants to families adopting children with special needs.

Picture of Tria

Golden Dawn Adoption Assistance Inc. is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization with the goal of providing adoption grants as described above. We have approved eighteen grants thus far totaling over $35,000.00 and we hope to be able to offer many more in the future.


To learn more about our most recent grants go to recent grants.

If you want more information about Golden Dawn Adoption Assistance Inc. you can contact us as follows.


Sharon Smith, President
E-mail: info@goldendawnaa.org
Phone: 801-967-0102<
Fax: 866-824-7885


If you or someone you know are interested in applying for a grant you can download the application and instructions by clicking the link below. Note that our application fee has been reduced from $50.00 to $20.00. Our board meets periodically to consider grant applications and will advise you as soon as possible of our decision.

download the Adoption Grant Application

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