Vast group of adoption organizations support president’s proposal to extend the Adoption Tax Credit

Posted on February 29, 2012

Washington, D.C. – A broad group of adoption organizations from all sectors of adoption—including foster care, international and private—join together in thanking President Obama for his recent proposal to make the U.S. federal adoption tax credit permanent. The President’s Fiscal Year 2013 federal budget puts forth a proposal to make the adoption tax credit permanent and extend the provisions of the Affordable Care Act that make the credit refundable for 2012 and 2013. The refundable aspect is vital to some families’ ability to access the credit and there is broad support for ensuring that all families that adopt are able to benefit equally. 

More than thirty different organizations, some of which are membership umbrella organizations that represent additional adoption agencies, have come together to support the President’s adoption tax credit proposal, which will help families offset the cost of adoption or assist parents as they address the ongoing demands of caring for children with special needs. We have several stories that stress the importance of the tax credit’s existence for families. 

The adoption tax credit is a critical support for families who chose to form their families through adoption. The diverse groups that support the extension of the tax credit are working together to encourage members of Congress to move this from a proposal to tangible legislation. If Congress does not act to extend the credit, it will only be available to a limited number of families after 2012.  

Adoption is a bipartisan issue; in fact ever since the adoption credit was first established in 1996, Congress has acted to extend this credit every time it was set to expire. However, because the credit has changed several times and is frequently up for discussion, it leaves room for great confusion and uncertainty about the availability of the credit among key stakeholders, including professionals, parents, and tax preparers. Having a permanent credit in place will help eliminate future confusion. 

“We are all pleased to be working together, with a unified voice, to advocate for the needs of families that choose to adopt. We look forward to building the support on Capitol Hill to ensure that all families that adopt children have access to this benefit long term,” says Nicole Dobbins, Executive Director of Voice for Adoption. 

The organizations that signed onto the letter thanking the President are: 

Academy of California Adoption Lawyers

Academy of California Family Formation Lawyers

American Academy of Adoption Attorneys

California Alliance of Children and Family Services

Center for Adoption Support and Education

Center for Adoption Policy

Child Welfare League of America

Children’s Action Network

Children’s Home Society of North Carolina

Colorado Coalition of Adoptive Families

Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute

Families for Private Adoption

Family Design Resources

Family and Youth Initiative

Gladney Center for Adoption

Holt International Children’s Services

Joint Council on International Children’s Services

Kinship Center, a member of Seneca Family of Agencies

Lilliput Children’s Services

Mission Focused Solutions

National Adoption Center

National Council for Adoption

North American Council on Adoptable Children

North West Adoption Exchange

New York State Citizens’ Coalition for Children 

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association 

Show Hope

Three Rivers Adoption Council

Voice for Adoption

To view the letter, visit:  

If you would like more information about this topic please contact Voice for Adoption, Nicole Dobbins at 202-210-8118 or email


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