Paul McAleer

Save the Adoption Tax Credit

Paul McAleer

Below is a letter I just sent to my Congressman.

In 2010, my wife and I adopted our son from Florida. I have to tell you, it was a pretty amazing event. We spent years preparing for adoption: we did research, saved money, bought a house, and did whatever was necessary to ensure that our son or daughter would have what she or he would need to be successful.

We got the call suddenly just a day after our son was born. Our adoption agency asked if we’d be willing to come to Florida, as a baby boy had been born and the birthmother had chosen us. We were stunned and excited. Naturally, we said yes. After a day of travel, we met our son for the first time and our lives changed forever.

Due to paperwork, we needed to spend the next three weeks in Florida. It gave us time to get to know our new son better, but we were incredibly excited to return home to Illinois. Our son was greeted by family and friends who had supported us through the long and challenging adoption process.

Our story is a common one amongst people who have chosen adoption. It’s an extremely emotional process for everyone involved - but it’s also a very costly one. We are fortunate enough to be in a good financial position, but our adoption would not have been possible without the federal adoption tax deduction.

The deduction evolved into a full credit the year after we adopted our son. Now, the tax credit is scheduled to expire at the end of this year.

Representative Bruce Braley of Iowa has sponsored a bill, HR 4373, that would extend the adoption tax credit indefinitely and adjust its level to meet the needs of families who choose to adopt. Without this level of support, my family - and many others - would not exist as they do today. And worse, many people considering this option may not be able to do so without the credit.

I am asking you, as my Representative, to co-sponsor this bill.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I’ve included my contact information, and would be delighted to talk about this with you further at your convenience.

Sincerely,

Paul McAleer

I encourage you to contact your Congressperson and ask her or him to support this vital bill.

For more information, read HR 4373 itself. Also a coalition has formed to raise awareness of this issue - the Adoption Tax Credit Working Group. You can visit them at Save the Adoption Tax Credit.