Spence-Chapin Services to Families & Children ASKS CONGRESS TO SAVE THE ADOPTION TAX CREDIT

For more than 110 years, Spence-Chapin has been a part of thousands of American families through adoption.

On November 2, 2017, The House of Representatives shared their proposal “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”, which excluded the Adoption Tax Credit. Since 1997, American parents have relied on the adoption tax credit to help them adopt children in need of permanent families. Without the adoption tax credit, it will be much harder and more expensive for families to adopt. It will be more difficult to find forever families for the children who are waiting to be adopted and deserve a permanent family. This important tax credit has enjoyed bi-partisan support as many Congress members recognized the need to promote adoption for children without permanent families.

We ask our Congress members to share our belief that Every Child Deserves A Family and to preserve the adoption tax credit to make it possible for families to adopt.

Spence-Chapin asks their community to join in advocating for the adoption tax credit and sharing the urgency of this issue. We are proud to be a member of the Save the Adoption Tax Credit working group and support the advocacy efforts to save the adoption tax credit. #SaveTheATC #foreverfamilies #spencechapin

Congress Supports the Action Plan for Children in Adversity

Please help us garner Congressional support for ensuring that the US government leads the way in ensuring children live within safe, permanent family care by contacting your Members of Congress today!

What’s Happening      With the support of Senators Mary Landrieu and John Boozman, Representatives Trent Franks and Barbara Lee have authored a letter commending USAID Administrator Raj Shah, Administrator Donald Steinberg, and Special Adviser Neil Boothby on the launch of a “National Action Plan on Children in Adversity.”

What We’re Asking You To Do      We need you and your families and supporters to contact their three Members of Congress asking them to co-sign the Franks/Lee letter. Courtesy of our colleagues at the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, a sample ‘ask’ is attached (Children in Adversity_MOC_Letter)  (be sure to tell your Members to contact Franks or Lee’s office for more info on how to cosign). Please make your calls and then spread the word!

Why It’s Important        For the first time ever US government policy makes children living in safe, permanent family care a priority of our foreign assistance. And intercountry adoption is also a specific part of the plan for the first time! Getting Congress involved in ensuring the plan has adequate resource and implemented successfully is critically important.

The bi-partisan letter clearly supports the goals of the Action Plan including one of the key pillars – ensuring children live in safe, permanent family care. It also asks for further discussion on two important elements; funding and the selection of pilot countries. We need your help to make Congress aware and to solicit their support. Again, please make your calls and spread the word! The deadline for Members of Congress to cosign the letter is Wednesday, February 13th, so we need the calls to be made now!

Save the Adoption Tax Credit!

The April 17th deadline swiftly came and went, and for most of us, our yearly tax headache has finally subsided. In February, we provided information on how the 2011 Adoption Tax Credit affects you. Now, as we look to our near future, there is a very pressing matter at hand. After going through a number of iterations, increases, and restrictions in the past fifteen years, the current Adoption Tax Credit is set to expire on December 31, 2012. Instead, of ensuring that all families can benefit from this credit, the Adoption Tax Credit will revert back to its original parameters of a $6,000 non-refundable credit that will only be available to a limited selection of adoptive families.

On Tax Day, Iowa Rep. Bruce Braley introduced the Making Adoption Affordable Act (HR4373) to the House of Representatives. This bill aims to establish a permanent, inclusive benefit to all adoptive families, helping to offset the high costs of adoption related expenses. Under this bill, the Adoption Tax Credit would be:

  • $13,360
  • Refundable
  • Permanent, with no future expiration date.

Rep. Bruce Braley said, “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.  When a policy puts more kids in loving homes and also saves taxpayers millions of dollars in the process, expanding it should be a bipartisan no-brainer.”

The Making Adoption Affordable Act is extremely important because it permanently ensures all adoptive families receive relief from their adoption expenses, and it makes adoption a viable option for those who may not think that they can afford it. And, like Rep. Braley said, it provides a big return for everyone. It’s a no-brainer.

Please join us in advocating for the Making Adoption Affordable Act by writing your local congressperson to inform them about the urgency of this issue. Below is list of contact information for local representatives on the committee of Ways and Means, and also a sample letter you can use to urge our lawmakers to pass this important bill. For more information, please visit our partners at Save The Adoption Tax Credit.

Sample Letter

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