Sunday, November 08, 2009

Adoption Tax Credit

I couple years ago I found this blog whose author is a very outspoken, active adoption advocate. She (Mrs R) is also unbelievably strong in the face of hard, hard things. She had a post the other day explaining about how the adoption tax credit came to be and how now there are some lawmakers who want to do away with it. Without this adoption tax credit we (and probably many other couples) would have a lot tougher time financially with affording adoption....because adoption is e.x.p.e.n.s.i.v.e.

So why am I telling you this? Well...I want you to contact your legislators and tell them to make the adoption tax credit permanent. How do you do this?

Help Make the Current Federal Adoption Credit Permanent by Writing to your Representative. Here is how:

If you don't already know who your Senators and Representatives are, you can find out at There is a search box right in the middle of the front page, just put in your zip code.
Once you see who your reps are,
see if they are already a co-sponsor of HR 213. Go here and check the top box to see if your rep is listed.
Go back to the website and click on their name, then click on the Contact via web form link. Or you can find their e-mail addresses on the Senator’s or Congressperson’s Web site. (I thought the contact form on the website was easiest)

What do you say?

If they are already a sponsor, thank them for their support. Tell them why it is important to you. This is what I said:

Thank you for your support of HR 213. My husband and I are hoping to adopt and the adoption tax credit is a large part of making that a reality for us. Adoption is expensive and the tax credit will be very helpful to us.

Thank you again, your support of this bill is helping build families!! :)

If they are NOT a sponsor, encourage them to support HR 213. Even if you have not adopted and/or never plan on can help. Tell them you have friends who are adopting or who have adopted and that this tax credit will help them.

I know it seems a little complicated, but taking a couple minutes could help keep this tax credit available and help build many, many families. If you have a few spare minutes please think about sending a quick note to your legislators. :)

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