“Bottom line is, even if you see them coming, you're not ready for the big moments. No one asks for their life to change, not really. But it does.
So, what are we, helpless? Puppets? Nah. The big moments are gonna come, you can't help that. It's what you do afterwards that counts. That's
when you find out who you are." - Joss Whedon

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Letter from CongressmanYoung of Alaska re:Making Adoption Affordable Act.

Check out the letter one of our AWESOME Alaska Members received when she contacted her Congressman regarding the Making Adoption Affordable Act.  Please take the time to contact your Representative from Congress ASAP and share with us your experience. 

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Dear Mrs. Passmore,

Thank you for contacting me regarding H.R. 4373, the Making Adoption Affordable Act.  I appreciate you taking the time to share your concerns with me.
On April 17, 2012, Representative Bruce Braley (D-IA) introduced H.R. 4373 to make permanent certain tax credits for adoption expenses.  This legislation, as the title suggests, attempts to encourage adoptions by attempting to offset the growing costs associated with such an undertaking.  A 2010 study holds that foster care costs the taxpayers around $47,000 per child, per year.
Under current tax law, individuals who qualify may receive a tax credit of $12,360 for adopting an eligible child.  This legislation would increase that amount to $13,360 and would make it permanent.  Originally, the credit was in the amount of $10,000, which was established following passage of H.R. 4853, the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010.  This tax credit is intended to help offset the cost for parents who choose to adopt children.
Opponents of the bill claim that it only serves to further complicate the existing complex tax code.  It is also argued that the previous tax credit was more than a sufficient incentive for parents to adopt.  They believe that the increased tax credit does little to improve the quality of life of adopted children, and only increases the cost burden on the taxpayer.
Supporters of this legislation argue that making adoption a more financially viable option for parents will help improve the quality of life for adopted children and boost the number of children being adopted overall.  It could also convince parents that adoption is a feasible option when they would otherwise choose not to adopt.  As a proud grandfather of adopted children, I have a deep personal appreciation and understanding of the adoption process and the joy that comes from a successful adoption.  Adoption is something that is very special to me and I would strongly encourage willing and interested Americans to adopt.
H.R. 4373 was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on April 17, 2012, where it awaits further action.  Should this legislation reach the House floor for a vote, I will certainly keep your thoughts in mind.

Once again, thank you for expressing your views on this issue.  If you haven't already, I would encourage you to sign up for my e-newsletter at http://donyoung.house.gov/Forms/EmailSignup/ and my YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=RepDonYoung.   Doing so will allow me to provide you with updates on this and other important issues.  If I can be of any assistance in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Congressman for All Alaska

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