Sample Script

When you are talking to your two Senators, use the bill number S. 950. When talking to your Representative, use H.R. 2434.

Hi, I am a constituent. I would like to ask Senator/Representative [NAME] to support an issue that is important to me and to children and families.  May I speak to the Senator/Representative or the person in charge of adoption or tax policy in your office?

Once connected with the appropriate person or leaving a message:

My name is [NAME] and I’m calling from CITY, STATE. I want to share with you my concerns about the adoption tax credit. The adoption tax credit was made permanent but it is no longer a refundable credit, which means that many families will not benefit from it. I urge you to cosponsor the Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act of 2015 (S. 950 /H.R. 2434),  which will make the adoption tax credit refundable.

It is especially important to me because… (Your voice matters! Share why the credit matters to you personally and explain that you want them to co-sponsor these bills.)

The adoption tax credit is an important resource to help children find families and make adoption affordable for families who want to open their homes to a child.

I believe the credit should be refundable to ensure that families, especially those with moderate and lower incomes, receive the full benefit of the credit that Congress intended for them to benefit from, regardless of their tax liability. Right now, many families who adopt are not benefiting when it is not refundable.

I hope [Senator or Representative NAME] will support a refundable adoption tax credit by becoming a cosponsor of the Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act (S. 950/H.R. 2434).

Do you have any questions about the credit? Would you like to receive a factsheet describing the adoption tax credit and what I believe would make the best adoption tax credit? (Be sure to follow up if you say you will. Get contact information and send this information if communicating by phone.)

Thank you so much for your time today. I really appreciate your attention to this issue. It’s very important to me, and I hope that you will support making the adoption tax credit refundable and help many more children find the loving, permanent families they need and deserve.