Why the Adoption Tax Credit Needs You, Too


Did you know the Federal Adoption Tax Credit (introduced in 1997), has helped nearly 74,000 families bring stability, love and permanency to a child?

As Tax Reform tops Congress’ priorities, this credit is in jeopardy (with the many other credits that have been proposed to be eliminated).

Here’s what you can do to remind your members of Congress about how vital the adoption tax credit is for children and families.

  1. Learn more at AdoptionTaxCredit.Org.
    (Here you’ll find a sample letter, key messages, an FAQ, Adoption Tax Credit Summary and more.)
  2. Send a message to your members of Congress about the importance the tax credit at the above link.

Why Do We Need to Take Action Now?

The “Unified Framework” recently agreed upon between the Congressional Majority and President Trump’s Administration proposes to eliminate nearly all tax credits. This includes the Adoption Tax Credit.

WACAP is a member of the Save the Adoption Tax Credit Working Group, and with other welfare organizations, advocates, and families, we continue to advocate to preserve this credit as well as have it become a “refundable” credit.

Want Additional Background about the Adoption Tax Credit?

You can read more about the tax credit here, along with tips to help with preparing to take the adoption tax credit, recommended tax professionals and resources in this article by Adoption Finance Coach Kelly Ellison.


WACAP (World Association for Children and Parents) is one of the largest and most experienced international nonprofit adoption and child assistance agencies in the United States. Since 1976, we’ve placed over 10,000 children with loving adoptive parents and provided food, medical care and education to more than 200,000 children around the world.
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One Response to Why the Adoption Tax Credit Needs You, Too

  1. While that number looks large, there are 135,000 adoptions EVERY YEAR in hte US, so a grand total of 74,000 over ten years is sadly not that large of a number. The thing you don’t mention is the Adoption Tax Credit ONLY benefits those who owe money at the end of the year – so those who need it most, who are used to getting a refund at the end of the year, do not qualify. Nor does anyone who goes over the maximum income. It also doesn’t benefit anyone who spent $10-20-30K on adoption only to have their international program close or their adoption agency shut their doors. What we DO need to advocate for is the legislation introduced to change it from a tax credit to a refundable/rebate style system (which as I’m hoping you know has been introduced multiple times) so that EVERYONE who adopts automatically qualifies for this instead of just those of higher incomes.

    (I’m not saying the new tax plan is not crap, I’m just saying I think advocacy needs to focus on a refundable version, as the current version helps very very few)

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