Sample Script

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 thoughts about the adoption tax credit. I’ve heard that the adoption tax credit is under threat as part of tax reform, and I want to ensure that you support keeping this credit that helps build and support adoptive families.

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 protect the credit for other children and families.)

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.

Do you have any questions about the credit? Would you like to receive a fact sheet 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 protect the adoption tax credit and help many more children find the loving, permanent families they need and deserve.