As Congress considers tax reform legislation, the Adoption Tax Credit Executive Committee is reaching out to the adoption community for help saving the Adoption Tax Credit.
The federal adoption tax credit helps make adoption more affordable for hopeful families, removing financial barriers that would prevent children from being placed in safe, loving, permanent homes. But now, Congress is considering eliminating the adoption tax credit, which could potentially hurt millions of American families.
Adoptive families can join the effort to keep pressure on Congress to save the credit that makes it possible for all families to adopt. Now is the time for you to tell your story and let your legislators know what the Adoption Tax Credit has meant for you and your family.
Your voice matters — legislators will only #SaveTheATC if they understand the real-world impact and feel that their constituents support it. Here’s how you can take action now:
Send Your Members of Congress a Video Message
Here are 8 easy steps to share your story directly with your Members of Congress via video message:
- Click here. Using your phone or computer with a camera:
- Click Send Video. A new window will pop up — click Make a Video.
- The camera will turn on, and you’re ready to record! Click the red button to start recording.
- When you’re done telling your story, click the red button again to stop recording.
- Review your video to make sure it’s what you want, and re-record if you want to make any changes.
- Click Send Video Message — and you’re done!
- Enter your info or log in with Facebook — it will ask you if your zip code is correct. Click confirm to send the message to your Members of Congress!
- Click the Facebook and Twitter buttons to share immediately with others and encourage them to take action too!
Share Your Story on Social Media
Once you’ve recorded your story, make sure to share it on social media, and ask others who have been touched by adoption to do the same. Here are some sample tweets and posts that you can share with your friends, followers and Members of Congress directly:
- The adoption tax credit made adoption possible for me and my family. Watch my story here [LINK] #SavetheATC #taxreform
- .@(Your Member of Congress) Without the adoption tax credit, I wouldn’t have been able to afford adoption. My story here [LINK] #SavetheATC #taxreform
- For me and thousands of families, the adoption tax credit made adoption possible. Watch my story here [LINK] #SavetheATC #taxreform
Sample Facebook Post
- Without the adoption tax credit, I would not have been able to bring home my child[ren]. Watch my story here! [LINK]. Please join me and tell Congress we must save this credit! #SavetheATC #taxreform
You can find your U.S. Senators and Representatives here. Save the Adoption Tax Credit also provides tips for calling your Members of Congress, as well as a sample script you can use when contacting your Senators and Representatives to tell your story.
For more information about the Adoption Tax Credit and legislative proposals important to adoptive families, visit adoptiontaxcredit.org.