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.

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Your Opportunity To Impact Adoptive Family Services – Please Take This Survey.

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Adoption Support Alliance is a nonprofit organization in Charlotte, North Carolina that was founded to support adoptive families.  They are conducting a survey of adoptive parents to learn more about how They can best meet families’ needs.  Please take ten minutes (or less) to share your thoughts with them.
 
Adoption Support Alliance greatly appreciates your time and insights: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/T7HLNYV (Please share and re-tweet this survey)

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Adoption Tax Credit has been preserved in tax reform


image002National Council For Adoption is excited to announce that the House of Representatives has preserved the adoption tax credit in the Chairman’s markup of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the Senate has preserved the ATC in their newly-released tax reform proposal.

Adoption is a cause that unites citizens across party lines. People with differing beliefs and priorities can all agree that children deserve the opportunity to thrive in loving, permanent families. Over the past few weeks, champions in the House and Senate have chosen to take a firm stand for children and families, insisting that the adoption tax credit remain a national priority. With 75,000 children adopted in 2014 by non-relative American parents and thousands more kinship adoptions, we know that the tax credit makes a huge, tangible difference. Families may need additional support to care for their children’s particular needs and the adoption tax credit can help reduce the financial stress associated with welcoming a child into one’s home. In fact, we ask Congress to make the tax credit refundable, which would have a bigger impact for middle- and lower-income parents.

In the past week, thousands of families, professionals, and adoption advocates have stepped forward through AdoptionTaxCredit.org to share how the adoption tax credit makes a difference. Congress has heard your voices loud and clear. We hope that advocates across the country are encouraged to see that your voices have effected change.

The journey is not over, though. These tax reform proposals are working documents and may undergo changes before they reach a final vote. If you haven’t contacted Congress about the adoption tax credit—or if it’s been a while since you last reached out—now is the perfect time to reaffirm Congress’s decision to maintain the ATC’s current availability and amount, and ask Congress to make it refundable. Go to AdoptionTaxCredit.org/Take-Action to send a message to your elected officials.

Be sure to send a word of thanks to your Members of Congress, the House Ways and Means Committee, and the Senate Finance Committee. In particular, NCFA appreciates the work on Chairman Kevin Brady and Representatives Mike Kelly, Diane Black, Trent Franks, and Danny K. Davis for their efforts to #SaveTheATC.

Below is the official statement from the Adoption Tax Credit Working Group:

WASHINGTON: Save The Adoption Tax Credit Working Group issues the following statement in response to the House Ways and Means Committee’s updated tax reform bill and the release of Senate Republicans’ proposed tax reform bill:

“We are deeply appreciative that the House Ways and Means Committee has reversed its proposed elimination of the adoption tax credit and has taken a step to support American families by retaining the adoption tax credit as part of H.R. 1, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Additionally, we are pleased the Senate Republican’s proposal has also retained this important tax credit.”

“As the legislative process for tax reform moves forward, Congress should ensure that any final bill maintains the current availability and amount of the adoption tax credit for all Americans that currently qualify. Anything less would result in Congress picking winners and losers among children and their families. Beyond retaining the current credit, improvements should include reinstating refundability of this credit so more middle and lower income families can benefit as they welcome a child into their home.”

“On behalf of the Adoption Tax Credit Working Group, a coalition of more than 150 adoption and family building advocates, nonprofits, attorneys, and religious organizations across the United States, we appreciate the work that Chairman Kevin Brady and Representatives Mike Kelly, Diane Black, Trent Franks, and Danny Davis did to reinstate the adoption tax credit in the House bill. We look forward to working with all Members of Congress to preserve and enhance the credit. All children deserve a forever family.”

Monday, November 6, 2017

AFG’s Charity Gala In The Spirit of Giving
Tbilisi, Georgia & Online

Dear Friends,

American Friends of Georgia is hosting its Annual Charity Gala on Saturday, December 9, 2017 to restore a tradition of philanthropy and to benefit the most needy children and elderly in Georgia.


 Nikoloz and his older friend in front of Dzegvi Shelter

The goal of this Charity Gala is to help us to finish rebuilding the Dzegvi Shelter and protect more vulnerable children and abandoned elderly.


Lena Kiladze, Nana Gogochuri and adult residents at Dzegvi Shelter

The events committee is putting together an extraordinary program for the evening with a cocktail reception, live auction, raffle prizes, dancing party and New Year surprises and lots more.

We are looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 6:00 PM at Hotel Biltmore in Tbilisi.

To purchase tickets to attend the gala, please contact Kate Kalandarishvili at kate.kal53@gmail.com or 599 262005.



Even if you can’t join us in Tbilisi, you can sponsor a table in your name for $1,000 or a chair for $100. We greatly appreciate your generosity towards the gala’s success. The chairs will seat press persons and AFG volunteers in Georgia. Click the ‘Donate Now’ button and designate ‘AFG Charity Gala 2017 Sponsorship’.


Dzegvi Shelter, after phase 1 of major renovation: demoliton, rebuilt structure, walls, new roof, and new windows

AFG is at the forefront of this humanitarian response but we can’t do it alone! We need your help.


 Long time Dzegvi resident, Natalia, with her beloved companion Beko


  Kristine, a child who lives at the Dzegvi Shelter




Thank You!




If you or your company are able to contribute to the event, we would be very grateful. Please remember your contribution is tax-deductible and will allow us to help the most needy children and elderly in Georgia.

Please email kate.kal53@gmail.com to sponsor.

We thank you for your support of AFG!
Marusya Chavchavadze & Lena Kiladze
www.afgeorgia.org

Save the Adoption Tax Credit Call To Action


adoptiontaxcreditThe recently unveiled House tax reform proposal, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” would eliminate the Adoption Tax Credit! The House tax committee is set to begin considering this legislation on Monday, November 6th, and the legislation is expected to come to the House floor shortly thereafter.

We need your help now to Save the Adoption Tax Credit! Here is how you can help:

  • Send your Members of Congress a message by visiting http://AdoptionTaxCredit.org/Take-Action/. Be sure to include your name, full address, and email address so that your Members of Congress are able to respond to their constituent!
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If you have already contacted your Members of Congress about this issue, thank you, and please do so again! If you’ve been waiting to make your voice heard on saving the Adoption Tax Credit, now is the time to take action!

There is still time to participate in a Call to Action to save the Adoption Tax Credit! We wanted to pass along two items for you to consider using:

  1. Media Toolkit – Attached is a document explaining how you can engage with local media as well as write and submit op-eds and letters to the editor from your family or organization to local publications. As a reminder, writing in your own words about the importance of the adoption tax credit and sharing your personal story is highly recommended!
  2. Tweet Sheet – Attached is a document with ideas for tweets your family or organization can send out. Feel free to use them as a template for your own ideas! Also included in this document is a list of Twitter handles for every Member of Congress to save you time.
And as a reminder, please visit www.AdoptionTaxCredit.org/take-action/ to send your Members of Congress a message to Save the Adoption Tax Credit!

Thanks everyone, and please keep up the great work!

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

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Why the International Adoption Process Needs an Overhaul

Source: http://www.brownpoliticalreview.org

By Alexa Clark

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Year-long waits, onerous assessments, and disappointment—prospective adopters in developed countries have a lot to deal with when trying to adopt a child. The scarcity of adoptable children and rigor of the adoption processes in developed countries drive prospective adopters abroad in the hope of finding children to join their families. Due to the prevalence of disease, poverty, and abandonment as well as fledgling social safety nets, less developed countries often have many children in state care that are in pressing need of adoption. In the latter half of the 20th century, many of these countries welcomed international adoption. Under that system, children were matched with more affluent parents who could provide better lives for them than could be expected in the state system, and overcrowded state children’s homes were relieved of the difficulty of caring beyond their capacities.

While international adoption is an ideal solution for both the overcrowding of state childcare systems in developing countries and the difficulties of adopting children in developed ones, it’s currently on the decline. Intercountry adoption fell by 64 percent between 2004 and 2013 in the top 10 adopting countries, indicating a seismic shift away from the practice of adopting children abroad. While modest gains in health and income mean fewer children are orphaned and abandoned, these factors alone do not explain the huge shift away from intercountry adoption. Rather, the decline is the result of an international law that tightens the regulatory barriers to intercountry adoption, decreasing its attractiveness to prospective adopters and increasing negative sentiments towards international adoption in countries where it used to be common.

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