I have advocated on this blog in the past for the extension of the Federal Adoption Tax Credit. The tax credit made a huge difference in both of our adoptions and I want to see it continue for many, many more years. US Representative Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) has introduced the Making Adoption Affordable Act in Congress:
“Deciding to adopt a child is one of the most compassionate decisions a couple can make,” Braley said. “Unfortunately, it also carries with it significant financial costs.
“Renewing and expanding the adoption tax credit will help remove a barrier to more families deciding to adopt. It’s a small investment that provides a big return: getting more children into loving homes and out of the costly foster care system.” – said Rep. Bruce Braley. To read his full press release, visit his website here.
This is the first legislation introduced in Congress that would accomplish all the Adoption Tax Credit Working Group’s goals (a credit that is inclusive, permanent, refundable, and flat for special needs adoptions), according to the Joint Council on International Children’s Services. The working group consists of several adoptive organizations that understand how important this tax credit is for adoptive families.
Please consider doing a few simple things to help keep the Federal Adoption Tax Credit:
First, if you are on Facebook, go to Save the Adoption Tax Credit Facebook page and “like” it. This will keep you up to date on the legislation. This is a page that has been created by the working group of adoptive organizations who support the tax credit. After you “like” the page, please share the Save the Adoption Tax Credit Facebook page with your friends and ask them to support this legislation.
Then contact your Member of Congress and let them know you support extending and making permanent the Federal Adoption Tax Credit. You can find out who your representative is by clicking on this link to connect you to the US House of Representatives contact page.