A campaign has been launched to save the adoption tax credit.
The current tax credit law is set to expire at the end of the
If the law is not reapproved the adoption tax credit
will drop to a much lower level. Bill Blacquiere of Bethany Christian
Services believes that will result in fewer children finding
"Without the tax credit, thousands of parents who could not
afford to do adoption would just simply not be able to adopt
children, and in the United States there are over 100,000 children
who are waiting for an adoptive placement," he says.
The tax credit has empowered many people who were willing but
financially unable to adopt them. Otherwise the children stay in
foster care until they are age 17 and are released on their
"Up to 30% will end up being homeless," Blacquiere
tellsOneNewsNow. "Over 60% will not finish high school, which again
then tells us they will not get meaningful employment or be able to
care for themselves. 40% end up on public assistance and over 40%
end incarcerated and in prisons."
That's partly the result of children not having families.
Blacquiere is encouraging people to go to the National
Council for Adoption's website to find ways to encourage
Washington to retain the tax credit.