NCFA has big news and we need your help! There are two events in Congress next week and our collective voices are so important.
On May 11 over 200 people from across the country will be advocating for the Adoption Tax Credit as part of RESOLVE’s Advocacy Day.
There will be a Member Day Hearing on Tax Legislation on Thursday, May 12, at 10:00 AM in the House Ways & Means Tax Policy Subcommittee. The hearing is a unique opportunity for House Members on both sides of the aisle to present their ideas to improve the tax code, and we want to make sure they know how important the ATC is to children in need of families.
In light of these two events taking place next week, we urge you to spread the word and contact your Representatives on May 9, 10 or 11 and ask them to:
1. Co-sponsor the Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act (H.R. 2434/S. 950) and
2. Attend the Member Day Hearing on Tax Legislation and speak in support of making the ATC refundable.
(To find your Representative, go here: http://www.house.gov/ )
In other news, our bipartisan congressional briefing on Tax Day, April 18th, was a success! Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Representative Diane Black (R-TN) and Representative Danny Davis (D-IL) were honorary hosts. As Representative Black said in her remarks, “Families have room in their hearts to adopt, but they don’t always have room in their budget.”
Adoptive mothers, Margaret Fink, Christine Brinker and Laura Hertenstein, shared moving stories about their adoption journeys and how the credit has impacted their families. The importance of a refundable credit is more apparent now than ever.
“This credit made my family possible.” – Grace Brinker & mother, Christine, of Pennsylvania
Since our bipartisan briefing on April 18th, the Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act, H.R. 2434, gained two new cosponsors!
- Rep. Tim Murpy (R-PA)
- Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO)
Thanks to your social media activity throughout April, our tweets had impressions—more than three times what we had in March. Of those 12,700 were from the week of the briefing. Our hashtags #passhr2434, #passS950 and #ATCStorm have now collectively made over 330,000 impressions!
Keep showing Congress how passionate you are about passing H.R. 2434/S.950 on behalf of children in need of families. There are nearly 108,000 children in U.S. foster care who are waiting to be adopted.
The ATC Working Group Executive Committee
American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
Adopt America Network
Christian Alliance for Orphans
Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (Secretariat)
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
Donaldson Adoption Institute
National Council for Adoption
North American Council on Adoptable Children
RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association
Voice for Adoption