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Let’s all work together on behalf of children to motivate the thousands of families in our communities to take action on the Adoption Tax Credit!

We need your help! The Adoption Tax Credit Working Group (ATCWG) has set a goal of obtaining 30 Congressional Co-Sponsors on the Adoption Tax Credit (ATC) Refundability Bills: S. 1056 and H.R. 2144 in 100 days.

Why the urgency? Tax discussions are underway in the House and Senate and we need to keep the adoption tax credit top-of-mind with legislators and staff. The best way to do that is to demonstrate to legislators that their constituents care about this issue. Additionally, because refundability was not included in the bill that made the Credit permanent, many adoptive families are still not able to receive this critical support, a fact which some Members of Congress may not yet be aware.

Highlighted FAQ: What is “tax reform” and how does it relate to the adoption tax credit?

For the past several years, key Members of Congress have been calling for the U.S. tax code to be reformed and simplified. If tax reform occurs, ALL existing tax credits or policies, including the now permanent adoption tax credit, would be subject to review and there is always a chance that it could be changed or eliminated. The House Committee on Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees (the two committees with jurisdiction over tax policy) have begun their review of the U.S. tax code and have signaled their interest in continuing to determine which of the existing credits should be eliminated. In order to ensure that the adoption tax credit not only remains a permanent part of the code but is amended to add back in refundability in order to serve the needs of all children in need of adoption, Members of Congress need to be educated about how this credit is affecting you and your family. To learn more about tax reform, go to www. http://waysandmeans.house.gov/ or www.finance.senate.gov .

Call to Action: Get educated on the ATC by visiting the website link below, reading the FAQ section, and liking Facebook for frequent updates: http://www.adoptiontaxcredit.org. Please also spread the word with your friends and family who would want to join in the fight to protect the adoption tax credit.

    Laura

 

Oklahoma Therapeutic Foster Care Association

The primary focus and mission of the Oklahoma Therapeutic Foster Care Association is to promote the provision of quality therapeutic foster care services in the state of Oklahoma by providing a forum for information sharing, technical support and advocacy. Members agree to support the purpose of the Association and to provide services in a manner consistent with appropriate laws, rules and regulations.

What is Therapeutic Foster Care?

Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) is specialized care for children and youth with special medical, psychological, social and emotional needs who can accept and respond to the close relationships within a family setting, but whose special needs require more intensive or therapeutic services than are found in traditional foster care. TFC provides youth with a family-based treatment alternative to more intensive levels of care.