Help us take action today!
Please ask your two Senators and your Representative to support the adoption tax credit and to maintain it during any tax reform they undertake.
Click here to download a fact sheet to share with your members of Congress.
Find your Senators’ contact information by visiting: www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
Find your Representative’s contact information by visiting: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
Below are a number of resources to help your advocacy efforts:
- Information on value of using social media to communicate with members of Congress
- Sample phone/visit script
- Sample e-mail/letter
- Sample op-ed
- Advocacy tips
- A document with the ATCWG’s four goals and a list of the more than 100 organizations nationwide who support these goals
The adoption tax credit provides financial benefits to families that open their homes to children through adoption from foster care, intercountry adoption, or private domestic adoption.
The adoption tax credit, with a maximum of $13,460 in 2016, has helped to offset the high cost of adoption for hundreds of thousands of families since it was established in 1997. The IRS estimates that the credit benefited 96,949 children and their families in 2010. With more than 100,000 children in U.S. foster care available for adoption and countless millions of orphans and abandoned children around the world, the continuation of the adoption tax credit is vital to providing love, safety, and permanency through adoption to as many children as possible.
The adoption tax credit was finally made a permanent part of the U.S. tax code with the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. Current discussions about comprehensive tax reform put the adoption tax credit at risk—even a so-called “permanent” credit is not guaranteed to make it through major tax reform. Please ask Congress to protect the adoption credit during tax reform so that it can help more children and families.
When making your contact:
- Be sure to say, “I am a constituent.”
- If you’re calling, ask for the staff person that handles tax issues or adoption-related issues for the office. If no one is available, leave a detailed message with contact information.
- Be direct in your request: “I want my member of Congress to protect the adoption tax credit during any discussions related to tax reform.”
- Make it relevant. Share your personal adoption experience and explain why the adoption tax credit is important.
- If possible, when visiting D.C., try to make an appointment.
- If your legislator does not support the adoption tax credit, find out why and try to further educate him or her on the issue.