WACAP Thankful to Have Been Named Seattle Charity of the Month

WACAP was honored to have been named Bonneville Seattle’s Charity of the Month for April, for being a champion for children, finding and preparing adoptive families, and offering lifelong support after adoption.

Listen to KIRO 7’s Feature about WACAP, and learn what WACAP knows about the power of family to change lives.

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Thank you to Bonneville Media’s KIRO RadioSeattle Seahawks and Carter Subaru for their support, and for joining us in our work for children and families.

For more information about WACAP and how to help, visit www.wacap.org.

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Band Led by WACAP Adoptee Pledges Proceeds of Heartfelt Single

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WACAP adoptee from Colombia, Aaron Lindstrom, and his band “Lindstrom and the Limit” have released a passionate new single, “Up Up and Away,” and have announced they’re donating proceeds from the song to WACAP.

Aaron’s recent experience meeting his birth family inspired this special acoustic song, which was released mid-April.

Thank you to Aaron and to “Lindstrom and the Limit” for supporting WACAP’s work, and for inviting us to share in your musical journey about family, the path our lives take, and the people who make us who we are.

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Adoption FAQ: “What about the Certificate of Citizenship?”

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Debbie, WACAP’s Information Specialist

As WACAP’s post placement staff share with families, the Certificate of Citizenship (CoC) is one of the most important documents parents can obtain to fully support their internationally adopted children’s future. It’s proof that their child is a U.S. citizen, and as such, is entitled to all benefits of citizenship.

Along with families asking if they need a Certificate of Citizenship for their adopted child, there’s a related series of questions many parents have when they call about this subject. “We adopted internationally years ago, but didn’t get a Certificate of Citizenship for our child,” a parent may explain. “But what’s the process like, getting a CoC now? Should we be concerned about it?”

Because underlying many families’ questions about the CoC is concern or uncertainty about what to expect, I feel that it’s relevant and timely to share a conversation I had with an adoptive parent earlier this year.

I hope that by giving voice to one adoptive parent who applied for and received his child’s CoC, those of you who need to secure this important document for your child feel more familiar with the process, and confident about the steps you need to take.

Please read on for this family’s experience:


We adopted internationally several years ago. We’d been told when we entered the U.S./once our plane landed in the U.S., our child was a U.S. citizen — this was due to the visa she was issued. This was true; our daughter was a U.S. citizen upon arrival to the United States. We also completed every step that we were instructed to do. We’d promptly applied for her U.S. passport. We re-adopted her in our home state and received her state-issued birth certificate. And we always kept her U.S. passport current.  

We’d taken every step – except for the Certificate of Citizenship. We were told the CoC wasn’t necessary because she was a citizen and had her U.S. passport. 

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Years passed and we came to understand that it was truly necessary to apply for her Certificate of Citizenship. We knew that her U.S. passport was proof of citizenship; however we were recently informed (by some friends who adopted through WACAP) that the CoC was universally accepted as proof of citizenship.  

Our daughter turns 15 this year and we had begun wondering if her state-issued birth certificate and passport would satisfy the requirement for her to get her driving learner’s permit or soon after, apply for financial aid for college. After learning more about the importance of the CoC for reasons like these, we applied to and paid USCIS for our daughter’s CoC. Still, we didn’t know what the timelines and communication would look like, especially since our daughter’s adoption was years ago. 

When I needed to contact USCIS to ask some questions about the process, I spoke with a friendly and helpful representative at USCIS who answered all my questions. Yes, I spoke to a live person! She was extremely supportive, which helped me along, lessening the stress I might have carried otherwise as I started preparing the paperwork. (While going through this process, it reminded me of preparing our dossier many years ago, but in this case, our child had been home for years, and we were taking another step to safeguard her future.)  

During that initial call with USCIS, I was told that the processing time for the CoC was running at about 5 – 6 months. It took about a week for me to compile the application packet to submit – and I was pleased to see that the instructions were very straight forward.  

Once I submitted our packet, we were able to check the status throughout the process by logging onto the USCIS website. The months passed and we received a note from the U.S. postal service that there was a large envelope waiting that required signature: our daughter’s CoC, which we picked up the next day. After a quick review, we could see that the process for our family was in fact just under 6 months, which was right in line with the expectation that had been set. 

Today, it’s good to know that the CoC never expires and we will keep this document safe for our daughter and use it when necessary. We have added peace of mind knowing that our daughter will receive all the benefits of her U.S. citizenship. 


If you have questions about post placement and finalization, or about the certificate of citizenship for your child, please contact us at postplacement@wacap.org.

 

 

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What’s changed with India?

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Raising awareness about the growing need for families interested in adopting a child from India may seem a little unusual. For the millions of Indian children growing up without parents—or whose childhoods passed in an orphanage—the need has always been great.

WACAP has worked to find families for these children for nearly 40 years, and over this time, has helped unite over 1,200 families and Indian children.

Needed Change

So what is happening in India now to warrant new attention and urgency?

Over the past several years the Indian government has started making progress to address two issues that have plagued the country’s adoption process for decades: undocumented domestic adoption and opportunity for children in institutional care to have a chance to be adopted.

Considering that India is the second most populated country with over a billion people in 2013, it’s striking that only 340 children were welcomed into permanent, loving families outside of India. All of these children, because no domestic families asked to adopt them, were adopted internationally.

Each of these 340 children coming home to a family is a reason to celebrate. Still, for each child welcomed home, tens of thousands remained in institutional care with no hope of having a loving, permanent family of their own.

Building a System to Bring Children and Families Together

Over the past two years, the Indian government has worked to revise their adoption laws and procedures as well as train child care institutions, local child welfare authorities and courts. Part of this work includes significant efforts in documenting the thousands of children residing in orphanages throughout India—most these children growing up without hope of being reunited with their birth families or being adopted domestically.

Because India is such a large country, putting in place an electronic system that had information about the children in need of adoption was critical. India’s Central Adoption Authority (CARA) responded by creating this web-based registry; and with this system in place, their goal of more efficiently and effectively matching children who need families with potential adoptive parents is coming to fruition.

Doors Opening

The youngest and healthiest children are adopted by Indian families within the country or by Indian nationals that reside abroad (known as NRIs). But largely, if a child is over the age of 4 or is a child of any age with even a minor medical or developmental need, their only option currently is to find a family through intercountry adoption, or to remain in institutional care until they “emancipate.”

With the Indian government’s new system, accredited foreign adoption agencies such as WACAP can see a list of approximately 1,000 children, at any given time, who are older or have some issue that prevents them from being adopted domestically.

New Processes and System – Hope on the Rise

This online system is still being refined, and there are some challenges but in general, it is a great success because children who had no hope of being adopted before now have a chance.

These may be children older than 7 years whom the Indian government considers healthy; and boys and girls of all ages with a wide range of issues spanning from corrected medical issues, correctable conditions such as club foot or cleft palate, hearing or vision impairments, developmental delays, limb differences, complicated birth histories, blood conditions such as hepatitis B, HIV or thalassemia. There are also many, many children who have more involved conditions such as blindness, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome or epilepsy.

The Indian government does not allow adoption agencies to post waiting children’s photos publically, but we can share photos and basic information of waiting children with families that ask. Unlike the process in China and Bulgaria, the files of waiting children in India cannot be put on hold while the homestudy is being completed. Potential adoptive families must complete their homestudy and have it approved by the Indian government before a child can be matched with them.

For Children

Beyond any new or ongoing challenges the system brings, the great news is that many children who didn’t have a chance to be adopted now do.

If you have questions about adopting from India or the country’s requirements, you can learn more about WACAP’s India program here or contact WACAP’s information specialist. We would love to share more.


About WACAP’s Vice President of Adoptions, Mary Moo: Mary has had the joy of bringing families and children together through international adoption since 1991. During these years she has coordinated adoptions in several countries including China, Cambodia, Ethiopia, India, Korea, and Romania. Her career in adoption has been supported by immediate and extended family who are also members of the adoption triad.

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Adoption FAQ: “What is a “special need?’”

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WACAP Information Specialist, Debbie

When I talk with families about the individual needs (or “special needs”) a child may have, I’m often asked a few recurring questions: “What is a ‘special need?’” “What do you consider ‘minor?’” “What can my family handle?”

Children’s needs may be age-related, medical, or may pertain to challenges in their past or present. What’s “minor” to one family may be more significant to another. In talking about these questions with families, it’s always been valuable to dig a little deeper, and I recently had the opportunity to do just that, sitting down with WACAP’s Family Finders manager Jo Reed.

Below, Jo expounds on what she shares with families considering these questions, and as an adoptive parent responding to her daughter, she leaves us with an important answer.

Please read on for Jo’s response to this frequently-asked question:


A “minor” medical need is one a family feels comfortable with; one they know they have the resources to care for and to parent the child effectively. Many families are open to conditions that are surgically correctable, such as milder heart conditions, cleft lip/palate, hernias, etc. Others are open to considering a need that is stable; if it doesn’t become worse—such as a limb difference or a missing eye—it’s easier to plan for what the child will need.

It’s important to know every type of medical need occurs in minor forms, significant forms and everything in between. A child with cerebral palsy may have a tremor in one hand or could be in a wheelchair, a child with a cleft palate may need one surgery or up to eight surgeries, a child who’s behind developmentally may do very well or need lifelong care. My colleagues and I encourage families to consider a child’s information on a case-by-case basis, with the help of a medical specialist, to determine whether they have the resources and comfort level to be a good fit for that particular child.

We provide guidance and help families learn about the various types of individual needs we see in children who need families. We can connect families with other families who have adopted kids with the types of needs they’re considering to give them perspective on how a medical need actually affects day to day family life.

We also see children who are school-age who may not have any known health conditions. The “special needs” of these children are their history of loss and inconsistent care. For these children, WACAP provides training and support for families to understand the effects of trauma on children who have lost their first families and tools to help their children heal.

I encourage families to talk to us about what they’re comfortable with, what their hopes and dreams are for the child they adopt. If you’re considering adoption—or have questions—WACAP staff can help you sort through it to figure out what “special needs” align with the support your family can offer a child. And we can help start you on the path that brings that child and your family together.

When my daughter asked me anxiously one day whether she had special needs, I had to smile. I told her “We all have special needs, honey.” As a family it’s our job to help each other when we can and love each other anyway.

I’m gratified every day to see families adopt the children we advocate for here. WACAP will do everything we can to help a family determine what needs are manageable for them and to prepare them to adopt the child waiting to become part of their story.


Jo Reed of WACAP's Family Finders Team smilesAbout WACAP’s Family Finders Program Manager, Jo Reed: Jo came to WACAP in 2004 and with her, an unyielding commitment to bringing children and families together. An adoptive parent of two girls herself, Jo is also a daily advocate for every child growing up without permanency. Through her work with WACAP’s Family Finders, she has helped share the stories of thousands of children who needed advocates and a family.  

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Strong Families Q/A: “Should I consider a heritage or family camp vacation?” [2017 listing]

First page listing of 2017 Adoption, Heritage and Family Camps - Compiled by Adoption Today/Fostering Families Today Magazine. A listing of 2017 Adoption, Heritage and Family Camps. From Adoption Today magazine - February 2017. Shared with permission.

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“I can feel how supported I am, and even when things aren’t perfect, I see my kids accepting more and more how very loved they are.” These are the words one WACAP mom shared after returning home from a WACAP family camp.

A teen, who’d been adopted from India as a child, explains the feeling this way: “It’s nice,” he says,” … to not be judged, or looked at in a weird way because your family is white and you don’t fit in with them. Everyone is diverse and understands that family isn’t about the color of your skin or even blood, but the love that they have for you and you have for them.”

Why consider adoption, heritage, and family camps?

We often hear from families who attend family/heritage camps and activities together that their children feel more “normal,” talking with and spending time with so many other diverse families, and with children adopted from different countries. Many children become quickly (or immediately) comfortable, their parents share, and their kids seem to get a little confidence boost, which helps them engage with others successfully.

Behind it all …

A key aspect to this success is the support and participation of multiple family members, and when possible, the whole family.

Simply put, even if they have questions, kids want to fit in and need to be included, not separated from their family’s interest and participation because of their own background and culture. Heritage/family camps in particular can be excellent opportunities for parents and their children, biological and adopted, to build connections and grow together. As kids grow older, they may tend to move on to a separate path, independently learning about their culture and history, but the key will be that they’ve grown up with a family celebrating and supporting who they are.

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Adopting from Thailand

When considering various options for adoption, families sometimes overlook smaller or lesser known programs, such as WACAP’s terrific Thailand program. Thailand is known as “The Land of Smiles,” and it only takes walking around for a day to understand why. The people are so friendly, welcoming and generous. This is a smaller program, with a smaller number of adoptions (47 to the U.S. in 2015, according to the U.S. State Department website). However, there are many reasons to adopt from Thailand:

  • The need is urgent. Thailand is a nation with its share of struggles, its population separated by a large wealth gap and that has felt the impacts of drug and alcohol addiction, prostitution, and poverty. These challenges, as well as the social stigma single mothers experience, have led to many children living in institutions. While there has been an increase in adoption within Thailand in recent years, it is still not enough for the number of children in need of permanent families.
  • There are children waiting for a family. There are a number of children who are currently waiting for a family to say, “yes” to them. Of these children, many have medical or developmental needs, such as heart defects, epilepsy, limb differences, cerebral palsy, deafness, HIV, vision impairment, or another need. There are also older children, age 10 and up, without known medical needs. For all of these children, their greatest need is a family.
  • Travel is short and easy to manage. Most families find Thailand easy to navigate, as the majority of people speak English, and they are friendly and eager to help. Only one trip of 10-14 days is required, and both parents must travel. The majority of children referred for adoption live in institutions located within Bangkok, and often families are able to have a day or two of visits at the start of their trip before taking custody of their child.

The most important quality in a parent adopting from Thailand is flexibility, so if you’re considering adoption from this country, this is a quality that will also serve you well when parenting your child. Timeframes for the various steps can be uncertain and information about your child limited, but WACAP’s staff will do their best to help you through the challenges, will be excited to celebrate when your child comes home, and will be there to support you in the years ahead.

To learn more about adopting from Thailand, contact our adoption information specialist at wacap@wacap.org


LindseyGilbertAbout Thailand Program Manager Lindsey Gilbert: Lindsey became a member of WACAP’s China adoption team in 2011, after joining WACAP as a volunteer. She’s helped numerous families through their adoption process as a case manager, and she currently dedicates her time to both managing WACAP’s Thailand program as well as advocating for waiting children in China. When not at work, Lindsey can be found in the garden, on a hiking trail, or volunteering to help others … with husband Geoff and dogs Quincy and Ross by her side.

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The Waiting Game: “How long does it take to adopt?”

How Long Does it Take to Adopt?” Everyone wants to know. How long, really? Waiting is one of the most excruciatingly unpredictable pieces of the adoption process for prospective families. My answer? It can take a while.

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  • Much of it depends on the future adoptive parent or parents and your pace to submit the required documentation at each step.
  • Much is driven by regulatory guidelines, the unique requirements of an individual country, and a family’s identified child profile.
  • Most significantly, though, the time from application to homecoming is driven by our desire to thoroughly prepare a prospective family for this journey, and to make sure that we are doing everything possible to support the best match between a child’s needs and a family’s skills.

Like me, however, perhaps you a sucker for statistics, and you want to know what the numbers say. The fact is, there are too many variables, which end up ‘skewing’ our average wait times for families. And the numbers risk misleading inquiring minds. I’ve occasionally joked that the answer to every question about adoption begins with the phrase, “it depends.”

Frustrating, right?

Let that feeling settle. Allow it to wash over you, because your ability to manage frustration will serve you well as an adoptive parent. As any type of parent, really. Frustration, though, will become a frequent visitor for those who choose this path, so you might as well get to know each other.waiting image

Allow me to flip the narrative. Imagine yourself as a child in an orphanage or foster home. Most likely, it isn’t your first. You are living your life, growing and learning and developing into your unique identity. You are struggling to make sense of your reality and to grieve each loss. And you are waiting for what you’ve been told is a family, a concept you might not even understand.

How long has your wait been? How long should it be? How frustrating?

At WACAP, we care deeply about the process for prospective adoptive parents. We want you to be prepared, and informed, and to be ready as soon as possible to bring your child home. We work to minimize your wait, when possible. However, our main priority is to address the urgent needs of those children who have been waiting for years to meet the family who will ultimately say ‘yes’ to them. Without a family, none of us would reach our full potential. Let’s work together to end their wait. Adopt, donate, or help us find families.

Children are waiting for us to act.

*For specific information about wait times and adoption requirements for specific countries, please inquire online using WACAP’s contact form or contact WACAP’s Adoption Information Specialist at wacap@wacap.org or 1-800-732-1887.


WACAP CEO at orphanage in Africa, children gather smilingAbout WACAP’s CEO, Greg Eubanks: Greg joined WACAP as CEO in December 2014. Serving children and families has been the focus and passion of his 20-year career in nonprofit executive leadership and business administration. With an extensive background in international adoption and foster care, Greg is committed to bringing hope to the children living without a family … and helping them home.

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Q/A: An Adoptee’s Perspective: “How do I feel about ‘adoption day?’”

Adoption Day. “Gotcha Day.” i Homecoming. It’s a day that many adoptive parents and their children celebrate the day they became a family. And as one WACAP adoptee shares here, it’s also a day that can bring more to the surface. Shedding light on her feelings of joy and loss, Emily tells an important story about adoption day, and her celebration of family alongside the questions about where she belongs.


The anniversary of my adoption—or as my family called it, my “gotcha day,”—I remember being somewhat like an extra birthday. My parents would have a little present for me and I would have cards from different family members. I would go out to lunch or dinner with my family and celebrate me! I LOVED THIS. If you know me, you know I love being the center of attention. But there were also things about the day that I did not share with my family.

As I got older I was better able to express the way I felt to my parents. But growing up, I never wanted to hurt their feelings or push boundaries with them due to feeling conflicted. I never wanted them to feel like I was ungrateful … because I loved them so much!

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As a child I remember the days leading up to my “gotcha day.” I was more aware of my adoption around those days. I started to think about my life more than any other normal time. I started to question things and wonder how I would be different if I never left India. I went through all the difficult questions: Why me? What did I do wrong? Will I ever be good enough? When will I feel like I fit in to this world? What would have happened if I weren’t adopted? Who are my biological parents and do I have any bio-siblings?

These questions radiated through my head.

The emotions I faced, and continue to face as an adult, were very hard to process, which is why it was so hard to express these while growing up. When I was younger I would sit in my room and cry. I had books and an Indian flag in my room. I would read the books, stare at the people and cry. I would hold my Indian flag in one hand and my American flag in another. I wasn’t sure what I identified as. I felt loss like no other. I was taken out of one culture and put into another.

My parents did a wonderful job giving me the option to participate in different cultural activities, and I was able to do traditional Indian dance. That experience was amazing, but as I performed for Diwali, I was also looking at all the Indian families and wondering how my life would be if I were with them. Even with this awareness, I was unable to process that loss: I did not have a birth family. I look like no one in my family. I am out of place, and I will always be out of place.

This was the day that I cried for my birth mother. I wanted answers. I wanted to see her and feel her. The way I dealt with this was by acting out and not explaining what was going on. I wanted my parents to understand how much I loved them, but I wanted them to know that I was missing my birth mother, too. I would go through a wave of emotions. (I hated my birth mother. I loved her. I wanted to see her. I wanted to meet her. I didn’t care if I ever saw her. I wanted an answer. I wanted to know if she missed me or thought of me.) These would run through my head on this day. Feeling so confused and conflicted is hard at any age, but imagine a child trying to process these thoughts? It was tough. And it was also something, I learned, I wasn’t alone in feeling.

I have attended WACAP’s family camp for 20+ years and during that time, I have made lifelong friends and family. I grew up with a group of kids that also attended, and we could talk about our experiences, including the complex feelings that came with adoption day anniversaries and celebrations.

From these conversations with my friends when I was younger, to today—as I’m starting to mentor and talk with different adoptees at WACAP’s family events—I know those feelings can remain.

Some adoptees I’ve spoken with did not like the word “gotcha” and the negative connotation it carries, which is true of many families I’ve talked to as well.  Some prefer different terms, like “adoption day” “family day, or have a different approach to celebrating being together.

Some adoptees I’ve asked about “gotcha day”—as they’re open to sharing—say that they too, felt some of the same ways that I did. They would act out and not know what to say to their parents. It was hard to find the right words to explain something so complex.

To this day, it is hard for me to even write about it.

The emotions that I feel continue to overwhelm me. I feel like there is something wrong with my feelings. I should not feel the way I feel because I SHOULD feel happy that I was brought away from a horrible situation. STILL, I cannot help but wonder what my life would be like if I stayed in India.


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Emily’s selfie and smile spread the news of her acceptance to grad school!

About Emily:
Passionate about supporting adoptive families, Emily Seaborg, WACAP volunteer and adoptee, is currently pursuing her Master’s in Social Work. A long-time participant of WACAP’s family camp, she returns each year for what she calls the “best” weekend: “This is where I connect. This is where I can explain how I feel with others who know what it is like. These people do not judge, and I can share my experiences with others!” As a mentor for adoptees who need a listening ear, Emily also offers a voice of perspective for their parents, helping to bring families closer through understanding and empathy.

I. “Gotcha Day.” Short for the “the day I got you,” the term “gotcha day” is viewed among many in the adoption community to be offensive, while by some, it still used and incorporated into celebrations.“Gotcha Day” was referenced in the 2001 book “Primary Care Pediatrics,” which talked about the importance of a unique, celebratory day for adoptees. The term became more widespread after an adoptive parent working to increase adoption awareness helped establish September 15, 2005 as an international “Gotcha Day.”

With the negative connotations associated with the term “Gotcha Day,” phrases like Adoption Day, Family Day, Homecoming Day, Siblings Day – or celebrations of family that aren’t tied to a child’s adoption – have become more common and preferred.

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Guest Post: “What You Should Know About the Federal Adoption Tax Credit”

Kelly Ellison, adoptive mom and founder of Your Adoption Finance Coach, shares some key takeaways from her recent webinar on the Federal Adoption Tax Credit.

WACAP is committed to building strong families; partnering with Your Adoption Finance Coach, we offer adopting families coaching support and resources to help them become financially prepared for their adoption, and as a result, even more equipped to focus on the child waiting to be welcomed home.


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Call it the eighth wonder of the adoption world, the Adoption Tax Credit has helped thousands of adoptive families recoup the costs of their adoption. Recently, we hosted a live webinar with Adoption Tax Credit expert Becky Wilmoth, who enlightened over 90 families on several important details about the tax credit.

Below is a list of takeaways that many of us heard for the first time:

Employer Reimbursement Programs can vary and have two different tax implications.

Reimbursements: While reimbursements are great, we have to watch out for whether or not these are considered taxable. Your human resources staff should know how they will disburse the funds and typically, it is after the fact and based on receipts/expenses. It will likely appear on your W-2 and if it’s taxed will have a code T next to the amount reimbursed.

Qualified Adoption Assistance Program: This is the best benefit if you are fortunate enough to have a company that offers it. Not to take away from the reimbursement benefit – (kudos to all who offer reimbursement support!) – but the qualified programs are extra-special and here’s why:

  • First, the company takes the steps to create this program with the IRS.
  • As a benefit of this action, they can allow the employee to withhold $13,470 (amount of the tax credit) from taxable income AND the employee can also take the adoption tax credit on their own taxes.
  • The only catch is that they cannot use the same expenses.

Creating the Best Plan

The bottom line, remember this important factor when considering adoption: While there is no silver-bullet, no one ‘thing’ that is going to cover the cost of all of your adoption fees and related costs, there are many ways to develop a plan for how you’ll come up with all the funds you’ll need to help bring your family together.

Some excellent resources are listed at the base of this article for how you can learn more about this credit.

Reasons to Advocate

Oh, and by the way, advocate, advocate, advocate. Even though the tax credit was made permanent as a result of past advocacy efforts, the credit still needs to be refundable. (When a credit is not refundable” families can receive back only as much as they have in federal income tax liability.)

Reach out to your senators and representative to let them know how important changing the Federal Adoption Tax Credit to a refund is to the future of so many families.

As an adoptive family, or as someone connected to the adoption community, you can make a difference by being an advocate for adoption. A way to do this, in addition to advocating for the tax credit’s becoming refundable, is to approach your employer and see if they have an adoption benefit. If they don’t, maybe you can volunteer to help them create one. It’s possible that other employees have gone through exactly what you may be experiencing, but didn’t ask.

A great resource for how to create an adoption-friendly workplace is the Dave Thomas Foundation. This website has a complete adoption-friendly kit that can be downloaded and shared with the right folks.

As always we recommend that you check with your accountant or CPA to verify the information provided in this article. We are NOT accountants or CPA’s and this information is not to be considered tax advice.

Below are some resources that you may find helpful:

 


adoption-finance-coach-wacap1About Your Adoption Finance Coach:
Your Adoption Finance Coach offers online resources, training and one-on-one coaching helping adoptive families create and implement a financial plan for completing their adoptions. Founder/CEO Kelly Ellison is also an adoptive parent, and understands the complexities of planning for an adoption and navigating the process. She holds an M.A. in Business Administration and has over 25-years of experience in nonprofit leadership, marketing and fund-development. An experienced speaker, facilitator and executive coach, Kelly brings her background and adoption expertise to over 1,200 families and professionals from over 30 adoption agencies across the U.S.

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