Script for Adoption Tax Day

Please ask your Members of Congress to protect the adoption tax credit and make it refundable. You can use the script below to craft your message. You can find your Senators’ and Representative’s contact information using the Quick Links below and to the right.


Dear Senator [or Representative] ________:

I am a constituent and an adoptive parent (or adoption supporter/adoption advocate). I write to ask for your support of the federal adoption tax credit, as tax reform is being considered. As you may know, the adoption tax credit was first enacted with bipartisan support in 1996 (P.L.104-188) and every time since, Congress has worked across the aisle to prioritize its continuation. The adoption tax credit, when fully implemented, achieves all three of Congress’s tax reform goals: it grows the economy; when refundable it is a fair tax code; and it effectively promotes important policy objectives that we cannot ignore.

[Adoption is important to me because…(insert personal story)].

First, I ask that you please include the adoption tax credit as one of your personal tax priorities as a part of any tax reform that will occur. Below is language I hope you will share.

Adoption Tax Credit: Since its inception, this long-standing, bipartisan supported credit has played an important role in helping more than a million children find their forever families through adoption. Furthermore, there is clear evidence that the adoption tax credit, when fully implemented, achieves all three of Congress’s  tax reform goals.  Tens of thousands of dollars are saved every time a child is adopted rather than placed in long-term foster care. In addition, a permanent and refundable tax credit enables individuals at all income levels to consider adoption, creating more opportunities for children to secure permanent, loving families.  Finally, research consistently shows that adopted children fare better than those without permanent families on adjustment measures, developmental outcomes, and self-support capabilities in young adulthood.”

Second, I respectfully urge you to become a cosponsor of the bipartisan Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act (S.1056 or H.R. 2144).

Adoption improves individuals’ lives; it builds stronger communities, and helps avoid harmful and costly outcomes—outcomes that affect children personally, but also our society as a whole.

I thank you for your support.