Adoption Services – Announcements

TAX BENEFITS FOR ADOPTION

WHAT'S NEW?
The bill to avert the fiscal cliff was signed on January 2, 2013. This legislation also made the Adoption Tax Credit permanent, extending the credit as it was in the 2001 Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act.

Read the Legislation Section of our website for more information.

Before you file, always be sure to check the maximum exclusion for the current tax year on the Adoption Tax Credit website, and read Instructions for Form 8839 for more information.

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Our latest report includes a message from our President and CEO, Beverly Nomberg, LISW, as well as, updates about our Treatment Foster Care program, Outpatient Services, Pregnancy and Adoption Counseling Services, School-Based Social Work, and our latest financial reports.

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Adoption Services – Financial Assistance

Many people discover that adopting a child, or children, can put a serious strain on family finances. Fortunately, with careful financial planning, adoption can be an affordable option for families. Below are just some of the financial resources available to you.

RESOURCES

ADOPTION TAX CREDIT [ website ]  
The adoption credit is an amount that you can subtract from your tax liability - check the link above for the latest adoption credit information for the current tax season.
GIFT OF ADOPTION FUND [ website ]  
The Gift of Adoption Fund's mission is to provide financial assistance in the form of grants to adoptive parents.
DAVE THOMAS FOUNDATION FOR ADOPTION [ website ]  
Many organizations offer their adopting employees benefits in the form of time off or financial assistance. Call your employee benefit office to check if your company is a participant, or check the Adoption-Friendly Workplace Employer List.
MCDERMOTT, WILL, AND EMERY [ website ]  
By helping to defray the high cost of adopting a child, an adoption assistance plan gives an employer the opportunity to boost employee morale and help establish greater equality between the benefits provided to adoptive families and families with biological children.
NATIONAL MILITARY FAMILY ASSOCITAION [ website ]  
An active duty member of the military services may be reimbursed for qualifying adoption expenses up to $2000 per adoptive child (up to a total of $5000 if more than one child is adopted) per calendar year.
NATIONAL ADOPTION FOUNDATION [ website ]  
Offers grants as well as low interest, unsecured loans to adoptive parents.
A CHILD WAITS FOUNDATION [ website ]  
A financial resource for those seeking loans for international adoptions.

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Adoption Services – Legislation

2013 LEGISLATION MAKES ADOPTION TAX CREDIT PERMANENT!

LATEST NEWS
The legislation to avert the fiscal cliff made the Adoption Tax Credit permanent, however, the credit was not made refundable for 2012, or future years.

The credit decreases for taxpayers with a modified adjusted gross income of $194,580, and goes away completely at around $234,580.

The maximum amount of the adoption credit for 2013 is $12,970 / per child.

While the tax credit does not have a specific expiration date, Congress can still make changes to the credit in future legislation.

Always be sure to check the maximum exclusion for the current tax year on the Adoption Tax Credit website, and read Instructions for Form 8839 for more information.

THANK YOU!

EFFORTS CONTINUE
We thank all of you for your help in ensuring that Congress continues to be aware of the importance of the Adoption Tax Credit in creating and supporting adoptive families.

Since the credit was not made refundable for 2012 or future years, the advocacy efforts will continue.

Adoption Services – Recommended Reading

The books below provide an orientation to adoption, its meaning, the process, organizational procedures, and resources for children available for adoption. You will find important information about adoption subsidy, legal risk placement, adoptive parenting, and more.

GENERAL READING

Adoption Jeanne Du Prau
Adoption and After Louise Raymond
The Adoption Advisor Joan McNamara
The Adoption Life Cycle Rosenberg
Adoption: Parenthood without Pregnancy Charlene Canape
Adoption Strategies Dr. Kenneth Kenney
The Adoption Resource Book Lois Gilman
Adoption Triangle Arthur Sorosky, Annette Garan, and Ruben Pannor
Adoption Without Fear Jim Grittter
And With the Gift Came Laughter Ann Kiemel Anderson
The Art of Adoption Linda Burgess
Being Adopted: Life Long Search for Self Brodzenski, Schechter, and Henig
Being Birth Mother Kathleen Silber & Phyllis Speedlin
Different and Wonderful Dr. Darlene Powell Hopsen & Dr. Derek S. Hopsen
How to Raise Adopted Children Schaffer and Lindstrom
Journey through Placement Vera Fahlberg
Open Adoption: A Caring Adoption Jeanne Warren Lindsay
The Open Adoption Experience Lois Ruskie Melina and Sharon Kaplan Rogia
Perspectives on a Grafted Tree Patricia Johnston
Raising Adopted Children Lois Melina
Making Sense of Adoption Lois Melina
Shared Fate H. David Kirk
Successful Adoption Jacqueline Plumez
You're Our Child: The Adoption Experience Smith and Miroff
The Essential Adoption Handbook
Alexander Petters
How to Adopt a Child C. Crain & J. Duffy

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If you would like to recommend a resource, please contact us and we'll consider it for inclusion on our list. If your recommendation is approved, we'll add it to the list, and share the good news with other hopeful families!