Thankful the Adoption Tax Credit Is Recognized As Vital for Families

Today’s headlines are buzzing about the tax reform legislation passed by the House.[1] Inevitably, conversations will continue in Congress, as the Senate delves into the plan.

Part of the tax reform conversation, as you may have recently heard, has been about the Federal Adoption Tax Credit.

This credit was in jeopardy in proposed legislation, but because of advocacy efforts like yours, the Adoption Tax Credit was retained — in both the House and the Senate’s bills!


Restored to the House version in an amendment last week, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) commented on the importance of the adoption tax credit for families that “want to provide a safe and loving home for a child.”

I know from personal experience that the adoption process can be expensive and time consuming, and ultimately, so rewarding.

And I know the adoption tax credit is important to many Members of our Committee, Republicans and Democrats – and we’ve had very thoughtful discussions about it over the past few days.

So, with this amendment, we’re proposing to preserve this credit – a priority led by Ms. Black, Mr. Kelly, and so many others. This will ensure that parents can continue to receive additional tax relief as they open their hearts and their homes to an adopted child.[2]

Knowing that the Adoption Tax Credit has been recognized as a priority for families is something we, at WACAP, are thankful for this week.

Thank you to the many individuals, organizations, advocates, and legislators who championed this effort, and to all those who shared their stories.

P.S. Did you send a letter or make a call to your Members of Congress?

Make sure to thank them for hearing you, and share your thanks on social media — they notice that, too! Here’s a list of Twitter handles for every Member of Congress (Word) (PDF)

You can easily announce the news by sharing the ATC Working Group’s Facebook post (of which WACAP is a member) and Twitter thread.



[1] Press Release, Ways and Means Committee, November 16, 2017 – Tax Reform Legislation Passed

[2] Press Release, Ways and Means Committee, November 9, 2017 – Adoption Tax Credit Amendment


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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