I've been meaning to do this for months but it has slowly made its way to the bottom of the pile of To Do lists I've been making. Today I happily mark this one "finished" as I have finally written my Congressman and Senators urging them to keep the Adoption Tax Credit alive. I would love for everyone reading this to do the same (sometime this year, it doesn't have to be today :-) hahaha) Even if you are not an adoptive parent would you consider taking a moment to voice your desire to see the credit remain? It truly is a huge help for adoptive families.
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I always get really nervous about composing letters to elected officials and I prefer someone to have a sample to get me started so I am posting my letter for your reference, in case you're like me and you take comfort in that kind of thing. If you don't have letter writing anxiety feel free to go on with your bold self and write off the cuff.
I am writing to urge that you not allow the Federal
Adoption Tax Credit to
expire in December of 2010. As a family with three
and one adopted child we relied on the tax credit to
help us adopt. Without the
benefit of the Tax Credit the fees associated
with our adoption would have made
the financial impediment much more
difficult for our family to hurdle.
We believe adoption is a blessed and
wonderful way to build a family and that it benefits our society. In our efforts
to raise awareness about
the many benefits of adoption we find that speaking
about the Tax Credit has always been a positive incentive for perspective
adoptive families first discovering their
options. We have had the
opportunity to meet many people who thought adoption
would be financially
out of reach for them only to find it was possible through
the aid of the
Adoption Tax Credit.
Please do whatever you can to ensure that the Tax
Credit permanently remains as a financial support for adoptive families. The
Adoption Tax Relief Guarantee Act of 2009, H.R. 213 would keep the door open for
children to come in to their forever families.