Adoption Tax Credit 2019

Claiming the Federal Adoption Tax Credit for 2019

Updated January 2019

For adoptions finalized in 2019, there is a federal adoption tax credit of up to $14,080 per child. The 2019 adoption tax credit is NOT refundable, which means taxpayers can only use the credit if they have federal income tax liability (see below).

The credit applies one time for each adopted child and should be claimed when taxpayers file taxes for 2019.

To be eligible for the credit, parents must:

  • Have adopted a child other than a stepchild — A child must be either under 18 or be physically or mentally unable to take care of him or herself.
  • Be within the income limits — Income affects how much of the credit parents can claim. In 2019, families with a modified adjusted gross income below $211,160 can claim full credit. Those with incomes from $211,160 to $251,160 can claim partial credit, and those with incomes above $251,160 cannot claim the credit.

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Your Adoption Finance Coach Newsletter for December 2019!



As 2019 comes to a close, we want to say THANK YOU!

THANK YOU for allowing us to be a part of your adoption journey! Since Your Adoption Finance Coach began serving families 6 years ago, it has been an honor and privilege to work alongside more than 6,000 families and assist them in raising nearly $5.3 million to help them bring their children home. We look forward to continuing to serve you in the coming year!



WRITING GRANTS can be challenging! We highly recommend that you consult with your Coach before you begin. Once you have your budget, story and home study complete, reach out to your coach to help you select those foundations which have the eligibility requirements that best fit your family. Click here to download a list of grants with deadlines that occur between now and March 31, 2020. Click here to contact a coach.


Actually…you could WIN AN AMAZON GIFT CARD FOR YOUR THOUGHTS! In order to serve you, our families, better, it is helpful for us to get your feedback from time to time. Click here to fill out our survey (which will take you less than 5 minutes). Everyone who fills out the survey before midnight on December 23 will be entered into a drawing to win one of four $25 Amazon Gift Cards and one lucky winner will receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card. Now THAT’s some XMas cash! Thank you for helping us serve you more effectively!

Ultimate Holiday Survival Guide for Special Needs Families (120+ Links!)


It’s the most wonderful time of the year… But you know that’s not always the case. For kiddos that thrive on routines, face behavioral challenges, get overwhelmed quickly, need special diets, and more, facing the holiday season can fill a special needs parent with dread.

(Secret: You are not alone!)

That’s why it’s so great that the internet is here to provide you with practical advice, help, humor, and hope for your upcoming holiday season.

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A Gift of Adoption Fund: E-News Year in Review

GOA Connections

Fall 2019

Dear Friends,

When introducing Gift of Adoption to others, we often lead with, “It’s a good idea.” 

Gift of Adoption is a good idea because it is relevant — addressing the staggeringly large needs of 138 million orphaned children around the world and 250,000 in the United States who are growing up alone. It’s a good idea because each child adopted has immediate and lasting access to both the basic necessities and enriching possibilities of life, simply by virtue of becoming a regular part of a loving family.

Our mission delivery model smartly complements and works in partnership with industry professionals—attorneys, agencies, social workers, policy makers, and advocacy groups—to further our shared goal of permanent families for all children, everywhere.

This year we made it possible for 441 children to be united with permanent families.

Pictured here you see 3-year-old Siana together with her cousins. Siana was born in Colombia and abandoned at the hospital at 3 months old. Through adoption, Siana is now able to thrive in a family where goofing around with cousins is a common occurrence.

For all the children we’ve reached this year who are now in a better place, together with their new families, we extend our gratitude. Thank you for working together with us to actualize this good idea. An idea that brings us together to make things better.

With Gratitude,

Year in Review – Thanks for helping make this possible!





Targeted Outreach Initiatives

While we serve children and families nationwide, Gift of Adoption periodically receives restricted funding to help children or families in specific locations. We currently have restricted funding for grants that would:

1. Complete the adoptions of children into families in New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont.

2. Complete the adoptions of children born in Nebraska (regardless of state where the adoptive family lives).

3. Help complete the adoption of a family residing in Langlade County, WI

Additionally, we recently added Gift of Adoption Chapters in the following states and are seeking additional qualified applications from families in these states:

1. Kentucky

2. Massachusetts

3. Missouri

If you are working with families or children in any of these areas and believe a grant could be needed to complete their adoption, please refer them to Gift of Adoption.

Teen adoption from here or abroad, the need is great.

This Sweet PSA About Adoption Shows a Teen Slowly Realizing He’s Part of a Family.

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It’s no secret that when most people think of adoption, their minds immediately go to babies or young toddlers. But the hard truth is that there are children of all ages in foster care looking for their forever homes, and teens have far lower adoption rates than younger children do.

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Adoption Summit Tickets Now Available!

Join us for

Virtual Adoption Summit

Hopscotch is proud to support’s FREE Virtual Adoption Summit. Come listen to 70+ adoption experts share their knowledge and insights. Members of the adoption community are invited to watch the virtual summit for FREE on September 23-28, 2019. I hope you will join the many adoptive and prospective adoptive families during this special event!

* Each day as the videos are being released live, they will be free. After that, you must upgrade to the All-Access Pass to watch the videos.

Ukraine: Measles Vaccinations for Immigrant Visa Applicants

September 6, 2019

The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv disseminated the following message in Ukraine today, September 6, 2019. Adoptive parents who believe their adoption case may be affected by this should consult with their accredited adoption service provider for guidance. Questions may be directed to the Embassy at or to the Office of Children’s Issues at


Dear members of U.S. adoption community,

We would like to inform you of recent changes introduced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) due to the ongoing measles outbreak in Ukraine. These new requirements apply to all immigrant visa applicants, including adopted children.

Effective August 1, 2019, regardless of measles vaccination history, all immigrant visa applicants will undergo a blood test during the medical examination to verify the presence of measles antibodies. If the result of this test is negative, the visa applicant will be required to receive a measles vaccination before obtaining medical clearance to travel. Obtaining measles vaccinations for recently adopted children may be complicated due to the way the Ukrainian medical system works, and this could delay your travel to the United States.

If the adopted child has not previously received the full series of measles vaccinations, please make sure that the child gets a booster vaccine prior to the final medical examination. Even if the child’s record indicates full vaccination, we recommend a blood test in advance to determine whether the child has active antibodies, and if not, early administration of a booster shot since it can take up to two weeks for antibodies to register on the blood test.

All adopted children ages 0-10 years old are eligible for a vaccination waiver prior to departure, which means that they will be required to get any missing vaccinations within 30 days upon arrival to the U.S. Children ages 11 and older are required to meet all CDC-recommended vaccination requirements, including additional measles vaccinations, if needed, before their travel to the United States.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this new requirement.

Kids with a history of complex trauma…


Urgent Notice Regarding US Citizenship Changes

Today a Policy Alert has been issued by USCIS: The USCIS no longer considers children of U.S. government employees and U.S. armed forces members residing outside the United States as “residing in the United States” for purposes of acquiring citizenship under INA 320. This would also impact families registered as habitually residing abroad (missionaries or those living and working abroad) and expecting to register birth of the child abroad as a US citizen. The same for international surrogacy whereby the genetic material of one parent is a US citizen. It is strongly recommended that ALL intercountry adoptees secure their Certificate Of Citizenship immediately. 

Download Policy Alert (PDF)

Families don’t have to match…


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