We don’t talk about adoption much on this blog, but adoption is one of the important works we do to assist children. Adoptive families need your help!

The adoption tax credit is given to families for qualifying adoption expenses which are reasonable and necessary adoption fees, court costs, attorney fees, traveling expenses (including amounts spent for meals and lodging) while away from home,and other expenses directly related to, and whose principal purpose is for, the legal adoption of an eligible child. The total amount of $10,960.00 for qualifying adoption expenses can be taken by families for their adoptions of orphaned children.

The adoption community is receiving conflicting messages about the future of Adoption Tax Credit. There are some talks on the Capitol Hill about doing away with the Adoption Tax Credit, which will affect thousands of adoptive families who are still waiting to complete their adoptions.

Representative Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina, is sponsoring legislation that will make permanent the adoption tax credit and adoption assistance programs, which are set to expire in 2010. The legislation known as the Adoption Tax Relief Guarantee Act has the support of more than 100 members of the House of Representatives. Rep. DeMint spearheaded enactment of The Hope for Children Act in the 107th Congress, which doubled the adoption tax credit from $5,000 to $10,000, though with a sunset provision. The Adoption Tax Relief Guarantee Act would make the effect of the Hope for Children Act lasting and would benefit future generations.

A permanent adoption tax credit presents a win-win situation as it promotes adoption, all the while making good economic sense. Adoption can be expensive, usually costing anywhere from $10,000 to $35,000, a prohibitive cost for many taxpayers. The need for, and appropriateness of, a permanent adoption tax credit could not be clearer, with the numbers of individuals considering adoption at an all time high and the numbers of children available for adoption increasing. And, adoption benefits all society, not only those who adopt or are adopted, because children raised in loving, stable families grow up to be good citizens and productive members of their communities.

Please e-mail your Congressional representative, asking him or her to support the Adoption Tax Relief Guarantee Act. You can also go to Rep. DeMint’s site for more information about Rep. DeMint’s legislation.

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