The Adoption Tax Credit has been preserved in tax reform

image002National Council For Adoption is excited to announce that the House of Representatives has preserved the adoption tax credit in the Chairman’s markup of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the Senate has preserved the ATC in their newly-released tax reform proposal.

Adoption is a cause that unites citizens across party lines. People with differing beliefs and priorities can all agree that children deserve the opportunity to thrive in loving, permanent families. Over the past few weeks, champions in the House and Senate have chosen to take a firm stand for children and families, insisting that the adoption tax credit remain a national priority. With 75,000 children adopted in 2014 by non-relative American parents and thousands more kinship adoptions, we know that the tax credit makes a huge, tangible difference. Families may need additional support to care for their children’s particular needs and the adoption tax credit can help reduce the financial stress associated with welcoming a child into one’s home. In fact, we ask Congress to make the tax credit refundable, which would have a bigger impact for middle- and lower-income parents.

In the past week, thousands of families, professionals, and adoption advocates have stepped forward through AdoptionTaxCredit.org to share how the adoption tax credit makes a difference. Congress has heard your voices loud and clear. We hope that advocates across the country are encouraged to see that your voices have effected change.

The journey is not over, though. These tax reform proposals are working documents and may undergo changes before they reach a final vote. If you haven’t contacted Congress about the adoption tax credit—or if it’s been a while since you last reached out—now is the perfect time to reaffirm Congress’s decision to maintain the ATC’s current availability and amount, and ask Congress to make it refundable. Go to AdoptionTaxCredit.org/Take-Action to send a message to your elected officials. Be sure to send a word of thanks to your Members of Congress, the House Ways and Means Committee, and the Senate Finance Committee. In particular, NCFA appreciates the work on Chairman Kevin Brady and Representatives Mike Kelly, Diane Black, Trent Franks, and Danny K. Davis for their efforts to #SaveTheATC.

Below is the official statement from the Adoption Tax Credit Working Group:

WASHINGTON: Save The Adoption Tax Credit Working Group issues the following statement in response to the House Ways and Means Committee’s updated tax reform bill and the release of Senate Republicans’ proposed tax reform bill:

“We are deeply appreciative that the House Ways and Means Committee has reversed its proposed elimination of the adoption tax credit and has taken a step to support American families by retaining the adoption tax credit as part of H.R. 1, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Additionally, we are pleased the Senate Republican’s proposal has also retained this important tax credit.”

“As the legislative process for tax reform moves forward, Congress should ensure that any final bill maintains the current availability and amount of the adoption tax credit for all Americans that currently qualify. Anything less would result in Congress picking winners and losers among children and their families. Beyond retaining the current credit, improvements should include reinstating refundability of this credit so more middle and lower income families can benefit as they welcome a child into their home.”

“On behalf of the Adoption Tax Credit Working Group, a coalition of more than 150 adoption and family building advocates, nonprofits, attorneys, and religious organizations across the United States, we appreciate the work that Chairman Kevin Brady and Representatives Mike Kelly, Diane Black, Trent Franks, and Danny Davis did to reinstate the adoption tax credit in the House bill. We look forward to working with all Members of Congress to preserve and enhance the credit. All children deserve a forever family.”

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Here Is How The Tax Cut and Jobs Act Will Impact Adoption

adoption-tax-creditTo read the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, view the full text (PDF) or the section-by-section summary (PDF). Sec. 1102 repeals the adoption tax credit and Sec. 1406 repeals the exclusion for adoption assistance programs.

Save the Adoption Tax Credit Call To Action

adoptiontaxcreditThe recently unveiled House tax reform proposal, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” would eliminate the Adoption Tax Credit! The House tax committee is set to begin considering this legislation on Monday, November 6th, and the legislation is expected to come to the House floor shortly thereafter.

We need your help now to Save the Adoption Tax Credit! Here is how you can help:

  • Send your Members of Congress a message by visiting http://AdoptionTaxCredit.org/Take-Action/. Be sure to include your name, full address, and email address so that your Members of Congress are able to respond to their constituent!

If you have already contacted your Members of Congress about this issue, thank you, and please do so again! If you’ve been waiting to make your voice heard on saving the Adoption Tax Credit, now is the time to take action!

There is still time to participate in a Call to Action to save the Adoption Tax Credit! We wanted to pass along two items for you to consider using:

  1. Media Toolkit – Attached is a document explaining how you can engage with local media as well as write and submit op-eds and letters to the editor from your family or organization to local publications. As a reminder, writing in your own words about the importance of the adoption tax credit and sharing your personal story is highly recommended!
  2. Tweet Sheet – Attached is a document with ideas for tweets your family or organization can send out. Feel free to use them as a template for your own ideas! Also included in this document is a list of Twitter handles for every Member of Congress to save you time.

And as a reminder, please visit www.AdoptionTaxCredit.org/take-action/ to send your Members of Congress a message to Save the Adoption Tax Credit!

Thanks everyone, and please keep up the great work!

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
ShowHope
Voice for Adoption

Act Now: Don’t Let Congress Put Your Adoption Tax Credit In The Grave!

Tax Credit Grave 09-20-2017Congress is moving forward quickly on tax reform, and it is essential that we remind them of the importance of the Adoption Tax Credit. The “Unified Framework” recently agreed upon between the Congressional Majority and President Trump’s Administration proposes to eliminate nearly all tax credits — this means the Adoption Tax Credit is on the table. We need you to take action immediately to urge your Senators and Representative to protect the Adoption Tax Credit!

You can help in two ways:

1) Send your Members of Congress a message by visiting http://AdoptionTaxCredit.org/Take-Action/. Be sure to include your name, full address, and email address so that your Members of Congress are able to respond to their constituent!

2) Request a meeting with your Members of Congress or their staff to discuss this issue. Visit your Member’s website and make a scheduling request — you can do these meetings from your home state! If you need help scheduling a meeting, please let Ted Prettyman know (tprettyman@simsstrategies.com). These meetings are most effective in groups, so contact your fellow adoption advocates and have them join you! We can also provide you with handout information on the Adoption Tax Credit to give to the office.

Thank you for your advocacy to help save the Adoption Tax Credit!

Julie Claiborn Shull
Director of Communications
National Council For Adoption

Adoption Tax Credit Briefing on April 18th, Tax Day. Invite your Members of Congress!

Dear Families,

The Executive Committee has been meeting with more congressional staff over the last few weeks about the importance of protecting the adoption tax credit (ATC) and making it refundable. We have collectively made GREAT progress on the bipartisan Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act (S. 950/H.R. 2434), but we still have work to do before congressional recess this summer. That will be our last chance to advance the ATC bill this Congress!

In an effort to elevate the ATC on behalf of children and families on #TaxDay2016, we have organized a joint, bipartisan congressional briefing on Capitol Hill to share the experiences of adoptive families and the importance of a refundable adoption tax credit. Senators Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Representatives Diane Black (R-TN) and Danny Davis (D-IL) will be honorary hosts of the briefing on April 18th. Please ask your Members of Congress to send their tax, adoption and child welfare staff. Don’t know who your Members are? Find out here!

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Your phone calls and emails lead to more cosponsors of the ATC bill, which increases the likelihood that the bill will actually be considered by congressional leadership. Please continue to reach out to your Members of Congress to ask them to cosponsor. Don’t know who your Members are? Find out here!

In other news, the IRS released a new Tip: Top Ten Facts about the Adoption Tax Credit, which addresses common questions about the current ATC and its limits. As an additional resource, read an article by Becky Wilmoth about the ATC and the need to advocate for refundability: Foster Care & The Adoption Tax Credit.

Please use this tax season to spread the word about the ATC on behalf of children and families!

Warm Regards,

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
ShowHope
Voice for Adoption

#TaxDay2016

Adoption Tax Credit Briefing on April 18th, Tax Day. Invite your Members of Congress!

Dear Families,

The Executive Committee has been meeting with more congressional staff over the last few weeks about the importance of protecting the adoption tax credit (ATC) and making it refundable. We have collectively made GREAT progress on the bipartisan Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act (S. 950/H.R. 2434), but we still have work to do before congressional recess this summer. That will be our last chance to advance the ATC bill this Congress!

In an effort to elevate the ATC on behalf of children and families on #TaxDay2016, we have organized a joint, bipartisan congressional briefing on Capitol Hill to share the experiences of adoptive families and the importance of a refundable adoption tax credit. Senators Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Representatives Diane Black (R-TN) and Danny Davis (D-IL) will be honorary hosts of the briefing on April 18th. Please ask your Members of Congress to send their tax, adoption and child welfare staff. Don’t know who your Members are? Find out here!

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Your phone calls and emails lead to more cosponsors of the ATC bill, which increases the likelihood that the bill will actually be considered by congressional leadership. Please continue to reach out to your Members of Congress to ask them to cosponsor. Don’t know who your Members are? Find out here!

In other news, the IRS released a new Tip: Top Ten Facts about the Adoption Tax Credit, which addresses common questions about the current ATC and its limits. As an additional resource, read an article by Becky Wilmoth about the ATC and the need to advocate for refundability: Foster Care & The Adoption Tax Credit.

Please use this tax season to spread the word about the ATC on behalf of children and families!

Warm Regards,

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
ShowHope
Voice for Adoption

#TaxDay2016

Adoption Tax Credit Briefing on April 18th, Tax Day. Invite your Members of Congress!

Dear Families,

The Executive Committee has been meeting with more congressional staff over the last few weeks about the importance of protecting the adoption tax credit (ATC) and making it refundable. We have collectively made GREAT progress on the bipartisan Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act (S. 950/H.R. 2434), but we still have work to do before congressional recess this summer. That will be our last chance to advance the ATC bill this Congress!

In an effort to elevate the ATC on behalf of children and families on #TaxDay2016, we have organized a joint, bipartisan congressional briefing on Capitol Hill to share the experiences of adoptive families and the importance of a refundable adoption tax credit. Senators Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Representatives Diane Black (R-TN) and Danny Davis (D-IL) will be honorary hosts of the briefing on April 18th. Please ask your Members of Congress to send their tax, adoption and child welfare staff. Don’t know who your Members are? Find out here!

tax-credit

Your phone calls and emails lead to more cosponsors of the ATC bill, which increases the likelihood that the bill will actually be considered by congressional leadership. Please continue to reach out to your Members of Congress to ask them to cosponsor. Don’t know who your Members are? Find out here!

In other news, the IRS released a new Tip: Top Ten Facts about the Adoption Tax Credit, which addresses common questions about the current ATC and its limits. As an additional resource, read an article by Becky Wilmoth about the ATC and the need to advocate for refundability: Foster Care & The Adoption Tax Credit.

Please use this tax season to spread the word about the ATC on behalf of children and families!

Warm Regards,

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
ShowHope
Voice for Adoption

#TaxDay2016

News from Romania: ADOR COPII Visited by US Vice Consul Whitehead and Consular Assistant Marcu

EACB44A7-E5E6-440B-8034-1B6A0557BFF5.JPG_copy1 The first day of spring brought the distinguished guests at the Ador Copiii Association. We were honored to receive the visit of Ms. Lindsay Whitehead, Vice-Consul of the United States Embassy in Bucharest, and Ms. Ilinca Marcu consular asistant, who participated at a support group organized with few adoptive families. On this occasion they could see a picture of the work we perform every day in the benefit of children who want a family, who risk losing theirs and those who, maybe, will never have one. Mrs. Lindsay Whitehead talked to each foster family present at the support group, showing real interest in the adoption procedure, the problems encountered and the clear steps that our Association did and do to change the legislation in this regard.

Ador Copiii’s projects and their impact were also appreciated by Mrs. Ambassador Susan S. Jacobs, Special Advisor on Children’s Rights in the US Government when the executive director , Mrs. Simona Czudar, was invited to meet with her in November 2015 at the US Embassy in Bucharest.
In the context of developing relations based on trust, transparency , professionalism and passion for defending children’s rights in order to modernize the adoptions’ system, the meeting was particularly successful and we want to continue in this direction in the future.

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ADOPTION TAX CREDIT WEBINAR *** Cancelled Due to Illness

Unfortunately our speaker, Becky Wilmoth notified us this morning that she has come down with the flu and will NOT be able to do the Adoption Tax Credit webinar tonight at 7:00 p.m CST. 

We apologize for this inconvenience and we hope Becky feels better soon!  In the meantime, mark your calendars for next week — same time — we’ll do the webinar!  Please mark your calendars for the new date:  THURSDAY, MARCH 11 7:00 PM CST

We will send an update and reminder next week.  All families registered for this webinar have been notified. Should they miss the notice or contact you please let them know that we have had to reschedule.

Thanks so much and have a great day!

Kelly Ellison
Your Adoption Finance Coach
CEO/Adoptive Parent
www.youradoptionfinancecoach.com
(816) 682 5500

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NCFA’s 2016 Policy Priorities and Adoption-Related Legislation

By Megan Lestino and Erin Bayles

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Since our inception in 1980, National Council For Adoption (NCFA) has served as a strong and principled advocate for children outside of family care, adopted individuals, adoptive families, birth parents, and the public at-large. Motivated by the belief that every child deserves to thrive in a loving, safe, and permanent home, NCFA continues to support laws, policies, and practices to help promote permanency for the many children worldwide living without permanent families.

Our January Adoption Advocate is always dedicated to presenting NCFA’s policy priorities for the coming year and related legislation. NCFA rarely endorses specific legislation, but instead prioritizes educating key legislators and policymakers on the policies and practices that will provide essential services and the best possible support for children outside permanent family care, adopted individuals, birth parents, and adoptive families. At present, we are beginning the 2nd year of the 114th United States Congress, which began January 3, 2015 and continues until January 3, 2017. As we outline our priorities generally in this article, we will also take the opportunity to mention current pending legislation that is related to NCFA’s legislative priorities.

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