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Adoption Tax Credits

Congress passed the adoption tax credit as part of the George W. Bush tax cuts. The adoption tax credit was extended to December 31, 2011, and then extended again to December 31, 2012. It is due to expire on December 31, 2012, unless it is again extended by Congress. The two leading adoption organizations in […] Keep Reading

Adoption and Drugs and Alcohol Exposure

When adopting a child, prospective adoptive parents must understand that they give up control of a number of things, one of the most difficult being control over the expectant mothers actions during her pregnancy. Many, probably most, expectant mothers take good care of themselves during their pregnancies because they love their unborn babies and only […] Keep Reading

I cannot believe I am pregnant again. What should I do?

Recently, I met with an expectant mother who had previously made an adoption plan and placed a child with a family through our office. She said that she was hesitant to call us this time because she felt like “scum” (her words) for winding up unexpectedly pregnant again. I assured her that her situation happens […] Keep Reading

Adoption Tax Credit Permanently Extended!

Today, the President will sign H.R. 8, “American Tax Payer Relief Act of 2012”, which will make the Adoption Tax Credit, first enacted as part of the “Bush Tax Cuts”, permanent. In 2013, families earning less than $194,580 can claim a tax credit of up to $12,970. Some portion of the credit is available for […] Keep Reading

Written by an adoptive mom who adopted through our office 18 years ago, an essay she describes as the "Meaning of Love"

On May 17, 1993, at 9:00 a.m., a stranger I had never met taught me a lifetime of love. On that day, at that exact hour, a committed 18-year old opened her heart as wide as the heavens themselves and all by herself, changed lives forever. It wasn’t supposed to be that way. Julie and […] Keep Reading

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