Friday, December 15, 2017

YOU DID IT, CHILDREN AND FAMILIES WON – Adoption Provisions SAVED in Final Tax Reform Bill

Good evening Adoption Advocates,
image003The final tax reform bill and conference report was unveiled this evening and we are pleased to share that because of your advocacy and efforts both the adoption tax credit and the tax benefit for employer provided adoption benefits have been SAVED!
Over the past two months your advocacy convinced the House to remove its provision eliminating the adoption tax credit. Your voices convinced the Senate to leave all adoption provisions alone in its bill (preserving both the adoption tax credit and tax benefit for employer provided adoption benefits.) While the adoption tax credit was saved in the final bills that passed both chambers, the employer benefit would have been eliminated in the House bill. But again through the power of your voices in calls, e-mails, and letters, the conference committee decided to use the Senate’s version which preserved the employer adoption benefit! (See pages 111-112 of this document to read where it was preserved!)
In the end, the conference committee’s final tax reform bill saves the adoption tax credit and the tax benefit for employer provided adoption benefits! In a bill that changes many things with the tax code, Members of Congress heard from so many of you about this important issue that these adoption provisions were retained. Children and families won!
We expect Congress will vote on this legislation next week, and it is expected to pass.
This couldn’t have happened without your efforts – THANK YOU!
The ATC Working Group Executive Committee
American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
Adopt America Network
Christian Alliance for Orphans
Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (Secretariat)
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
Donaldson Adoption Institute
National Council for Adoption
North American Council on Adoptable Children
RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association
ShowHope
Voice for Adoption

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Grief in Adopted Children- One hour left to register!

It’s not too late to register!!!


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Grief in Adopted Children– The Webinar airs tonight at 7pm central time and there is STILL time to register. 
Can’t make it tonight?  Too much craziness going on at your house during those evening witching hours?  I get it!  Everyone who registers will receive the recording that you can access whenever, wherever, and forever!!!!
Grief is inevitable.  You are going to have to face it with your children.  I can help!!!
We can do hard things together.
CLICK HERE to register!!!

Monday, December 4, 2017

SOAR’s Annual Online Auction Starting at 10:00am EST TODAY!!

Click here to participate in SOAR’s Annual Online Auction from December 4th-14th.
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Russian Embassy Invitation to The Nutcracker

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To FRUA Families in the Mid Atlantic Region who have adopted from Russia:
FRUA INC has received the attached invitation for our FRUA  families to join the Yolka holiday festivities at the Russian Embassy in Washington D.C. on Dec. 16. If you plan to attend, RSVP directly to the Russian Embassy and if you are bringing children, please note that. Please note that the embassy does not confirm receipt of your email; simply assume that they have you on the list. You will need identification with you when you arrive for the party.
We’re pleased that we could facilitate this invitation to the embassy’s Yolka celebration for our FRUA members.
Sincere Holiday Wishes,
Jan Wondra
Chair
National Board of Directors
Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption, Including Neighboring Countries 
Hope, Help and Community for Adoptive Families
Angel in Adoption, 2012,  Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute 
chair@frua.org
Mobile: 303-506-5269
FRUA
PO Box 2944
Merrifield, VA 22116 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Putting the Pieces Together: The Significance of the Child’s Story

NCFA Releases Adoption Advocate No. 114 | Putting the Pieces Together: The Significance of the Child’s Story
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Throughout a child’s life, they will have questions about their past, whether they were adopted through foster care, infant, intercountry, kinship, or transracial adoption. In the December issue of the Adoption Advocate, Debbie Wynne anticipates some of those common questions and poses ways in which adoptive parents can proactively and lovingly support those needs, build a safe and trusting relationship with their child, and provide healthy opportunities for their child to learn and grow.
Download the PDF of Adoption Advocate No. 114 or read the web version.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

IF YOU BELIEVE EVERY CHILD MUST HAVE A PERMANENT FAMILY TO BE LOVED AND PROTECTED, YOUR VOICE MATTERS TODAY!


“We are called for such a time as this and we won’t give up until every child has the opportunity to be loved and cared for in a forever family.”
  • We believe in the goals of Save Adoptions
  • Every child deserves a safe, loving, permanent family
  • For children without parents due to death, abandonment or termination of rights, adoption should be readily available in their own country or, if not possible within their own country in a reasonable period of time, through intercountry adoption.
  • Adoption should be available for every eligible child with as few obstacles as possible, through a transparent, ethical and honest adoption system.
  • The government’s role in intercountry adoption should be to support the human rights of a child to a permanent family and to encourage other countries to develop adoption systems that are transparent, ethical and honest and protect the rights of a child.
  • Institutionalization of children should be a last resort for children for whom a permanent family is not available.
Please share and ask your family and friends to do the same.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Panel of Parents Adopting Older Kids: Surviving that 1st Year – Creating a Family

Source: https://creatingafamily.org/

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Adopting and fostering older kids is hard for both the child and the parent, especially the first year. A panel of moms who have adopted older kids share their tips for surviving the first year home. Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews Melissa Basham, mom to 4 boys adopted from foster care; Abigail Betancourt, mom to 2 kids adopted from foster care; Jan Egozi, mom to one child adopted internationally; and Shelley McMullen, mom to 1 child adopted internationally.

Listen to podcast.