If you are a regular visitor to our blog, then you will probably have noticed the button on the left in support of The Adoption Tax Relief Guarantee Act of 2009, H.R. 213.
The Adoption Tax Credit, enacted by President Bush, allowed for families who adopted children to re-claim up to $12,000 of their expenses when filing taxes. For families like us, knowing that we could re-claim that amount of money was what made it possible for us to take out the loan to complete our adoption. Without it, we could not have adopted Rosie, and for many if not the vast majority of other adoptive families, the same is true.
Unfortunately, the Adoption Tax Credit is due to expire in December this year. President Obama has stated that he will not renew it, but last January, H.R. 213, The Adoption Tax Relief Guarantee Act of 2009 was introduced to Congress. This bill would ensure that the Adoption Tax Credit remains available to adoptive families. But, as with most bills introduced, this bill was sent to committee and hasn't gone anywhere since then. Most bills that are sent to committee will simply die there, having never actually made it to the floor for a chance to be heard or voted on.
This bill is of VITAL importance for the future of international adoption. Would you please take a few minutes out of your time to speak up for adoptive families and the children who wait for a family? It only takes a few minutes to write, email, or call your senators and congressmen.
Write your U.S. Representative
Write your U.S. Senator
This bill currently sits with the House Ways and Means committee, so if you have a Senator who sits on this committee, your input is especially vital.
Please, please, please take a few minutes to check out this legislation and to then contact your congressmen. And, if you have a blog or e-mail network, please feel free to pass along this information.
Of all the things our tax $$$$ go to support, I can think of none more worthy than making adoption a possibility for families and the children who wait for them.