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Support  HR 4373 and S 3616: Help make adoption affordable; keep the tax credit and make it refundable
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Help Make Adoption Affordable

Support HR 4373 and S 3616: Help make adoption affordable; keep the tax credit and make it refundable

    1. Rob Dobberstein
    2. Petition by

      Rob Dobberstein

      Fairport, NY

January 2013


From Petition Organizer Rob Dobberstein: Adoption Tax Credit going to survive

Help make Adoption Affordable

The average cost to adopt a child is any where from $25k- $35k or more. Currently, for the 2012 the Tax Credit is: 

• A maximum of $12,360 for 2012 returns only

The 2012 Tax Credit is not refundable for adoptions initiated after 2011, which means a large number of families may not be able to get any of the $25k- $35k back and possibly prevent people from adopting a child at all.

In 2013 it will revert back to a maximum tax credit of $6,000 for parents adopting children with special needs, and there will be no adoption tax credit available for all other adoptive parents.

We are petitioning to make the adoption tax credit permanent and refundable, so that more money is available to families allowing them provide a financially stable home to the adopted child.

Currently, there are two bills HR 4373 and S3616 that this petition is supporting.

For more information visit: http://adoptiontaxcredit.org/

Recent signatures


    1. Adoption Tax Credit going to survive !!!Headline

      Rob Dobberstein
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to everyone who signed the petition, wrote letters & emails to your politicians! Not only is the Adoption Tax Credit going to survive it is now permanent!! Thanks for your support!


    2. Looking for Adoption Advocates

      Rob Dobberstein
      Petition Organizer

      There is a chance that the Adoption Tax Credit is not going to be passed by the end of the year or if it does then it will be added into a larger bill, it will most likely not pass as its own bill. If the Credit does not go through then unfortunately this petition will have to end and we will have to start a new one so that the signatures reflect 2013.

      With this in mind we are working on trying to recruit people who would like to help advocate for adoption and the Tax Credit. If anyone is interested in helping further please message me.

    3. Great meeting with the National Council of Adoption Today!!

      Rob Dobberstein
      Petition Organizer

      I had a great meeting with the National Council of Adoption this evening. Below is one of the new initiatives that they are trying to push. The government is tracking these two hashtags to evaluating the importance of the adoption tax credit. Please participate if it is important to you..........

      Tell President Obama how the adoption tax credit has impacted you and your family:

      1. Log on to Twitter or Facebook
      2. In 150 characters or less, answer one of these questions: How has the adoption tax credit impacted my family? How would my family be affected if the adoption tax credit was reduced and not made refundable?
      3. Make sure you include the hashtags #INEEDATC and #MY2K
      4. Encourage members of your social networks to do the same!
      5. Retweet (on Twitter) or Repost (on Facebook) those tweets that include the #INEEDATC and #MY2K

    4. Must sign this petition; results will go directly to the White House!

      Rob Dobberstein
      Petition Organizer

      Time is ticking for this petition, we have until December 8th to get 25k signatures on the petition. If this goal is reach then the petition and its signatures will be sent to the White House to be reviewed. We need to act fast, encourage everyone you know to sign the petition and share it throughout the social media (facebook, twitter, emails, etc.)

      On behalf of adopting families across the country thank you in advance!


    5. New Petition!!

      Rob Dobberstein
      Petition Organizer

      Please go to this website (http://wh.gov/9jqZ) and sign this petition as well. This one puts the petition directly on whitehouse.gov website where politicians can monitor the activity first hand. Spread the word and share the link.

      There is no way for us to transfer the signatures so everyone will have to sign again.

      Support HR 4373 and S 3616: Help make adoption affordable; keep the tax credit and make it refundable | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government

      we petition the obama administration to: Help make Adoption Affordable The average cost to adopt a child is any where from $25k- $35k or more. Currently, The 2012 Tax Credit is not refundable for adoptions initiated after 2011, which means a large number of families are/were not able to get any of the $25k- $35k back and possibly prevent people from adopting a child at all.

    6. We can't stop now.............

      Rob Dobberstein
      Petition Organizer

      Your signatures have helped to network many people together toward our common goal but your help is still needed. What else can be done:

      First, and most important write or call to your two U.S. SENATORS to cosponsor S.3616 & your Representative to cosponsor H.R. 4373.

      Second, Encourage at least one person to sign this petition and share it on facebook so we can continue we build our network. Showing our politicians the number of people behind this. After elections we will be senting copies of the signatures to the necessary politicans, so the more signature we can get the better.

      Third, Facebook users go to "Save the Adoption Tax Credit" page and follow their information and updates. For non-facebook users: http://adoptiontaxcredit.org/advocate/

      Thank you in advance for your help,


    7. Tax Credit Webinar for Mac Users

      Rob Dobberstein
      Petition Organizer

      There were some requests to have the "Save the Adoption Tax Credit webinar" converted so that Mac users can easily access it. They have added a mp4 file at

    8. Save the Adoption Tax Credit Webinar

      Rob Dobberstein
      Petition Organizer

      For those people who missed the Save the Adoption Tax Credit Webinar here is the webinar and the available slideshow.


      Keep spreading the word, add signatures to the petition and write your politicians!!!!!

    9. Webinar this Thursday, October 4th

      Rob Dobberstein
      Petition Organizer

      In this webinar you will gain an understanding about the goals of our advocacy efforts, as well as the history of this credits existence, an overview of the legislative changes, the difference between a refundable credit vs. a credit applied toward tax liability, definition of special needs adoption and description of the “flat” distinction, understanding of how the credit stands for 2012 and 2013 and, description of the adoption tax credit legislation currently in Congress and what legislators intend to do during the lame duck session upon their return to Washington, D.C. after the elections. Presenters will also provide helpful advocacy tips and strategies for making your voice heard by your members of Congress, and an adoptive parent & advocate will join the presentation to share their personal experiences with webinar participants.

      Please register to join us for an upcoming free webinar: Advocating to Save the Adoption Tax Credit. Thursday, October, 4th at 8:00pm - 9:30pm (EST).

    10. Sample email / letter to write to your member of Congress

      Rob Dobberstein
      Petition Organizer

      We have teamed up with National Council for Adoption to help Save the Adoption Tax Credit, they have a sample letter to use when writing to you member of Congress. Thanks for all your Support.

    11. Write to your member of Congress encouraging them to support this act

      Rob Dobberstein
      Petition Organizer

      "On April 17, Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) introduced the Making Adoption Affordable Act. This is the first legislation introduced that would accomplish all of the goals of the Adoption Tax Credit Working Group. The bill would set the adoption tax credit at $13,360 and make it refundable and permanent.

      As Rep. Braley said at his press conference, “Renewing and expanding the adoption tax credit will help remove a barrier to more families deciding to adopt. It’s a small investment that provides a big return: getting more children into loving homes and out of the costly foster care system. When a policy puts more kids in loving homes and also saves taxpayers millions of dollars in the process, expanding it should be a bipartisan no-brainer.”...... http://adoptiontaxcredit.org/legislation/

    12. Save the Adoption Tax Credit Advocacy Day, coming up on Tuesday, June 12.

      Rob Dobberstein
      Petition Organizer

      Those interested in joining us for this important advocacy day can
      register online here:

    13. Reached 30,000 signatures
    14. From the National Council for Adoption........We need your help to Save the

      Rob Dobberstein
      Petition Organizer

      Save the Adoption Tax Credit is the rallying cry of a national collaboration of organizations and individuals who believe the adoption tax credit is an important resource to help children find forever families and make adoption more affordable.

      On January 1, 2013, the adoption tax credit will dramatically decrease and will only be available to very few families.  Action must be taken NOW to extend and preserve the current adoption tax credit.

      *  Like the Save the Adoption Tax Credit campaign page on Facebook <http://e2.ma/click/4720/82950/on4fu> 
      *  Download the Adoption Tax Credit Advocacy Kit <http://e2.ma/click/4720/82950/4f5fu> 
      *  Join us on June 12, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC for Save the Adoption Tax Credit Advocacy Day <http://e2.ma/click/4720/82950/k85fu> 
      * Support our work to Save the Adoption Tax Credit <http://e2.ma/click/4720/82950/006fu>  by making a safe, secure online donation

      Please share with your friends and family!!

    15. On Tax Day, Braley Introduces Bill to Renew & Expand Adoption Tax Credit

      Rob Dobberstein
      Petition Organizer

      Apr 17, 2012-- Making Adoption Affordable Act will increase tax credit for families looking to adopt

      Washington, DC – On the deadline for taxpayers to file their federal income tax returns, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) introduced a bill to renew and expand a tax credit for families that choose to adopt children.

      The Making Adoption Affordable Act will permanently expand the federal adoption tax credit to $13,360 and make it refundable -- allowing more families to take full advantage of it. Unless Congress acts, the current adoption tax credit of $12,360 will expire at the end of the year.

      “Deciding to adopt a child is one of the most compassionate decisions a couple can make,” Braley said. “Unfortunately, it also carries with it significant financial costs.

      “Renewing and expanding the adoption tax credit will help remove a barrier to more families deciding to adopt. It’s a small investment that provides............. click link for full story

    16. Reached 25,000 signatures
    17. 22,000+ Signatures

      Rob Dobberstein
      Petition Organizer

      We have made some amazing progress in the last few months and today we reached over 22k signatures!! Our fight to support adoption is not going to be an easy one; it's not like telling a bank we don't want a $5 fee. We are up against the United States government trying to change a Federal Act. We have had many people share there responses from their politicians most of which are supporting our cause. Let's help to support them by spreading the word (sharing with friends on facebook, twitter, etc.) and obtain more signatures.

      Thank you for you help,
      Rob, Mickey & Julie

    18. Reached 20,000 signatures
    19. Writing to your Senator or Congressional Representative

      Rob Dobberstein
      Petition Organizer

      In the last week we have had a bunch of people email us in regards to writing to their politicians looking for a draft letter in which to start. The following link give people a draft letter to start with to either mail or email. Please email us your responses from politicians.

      Thanks for everyone's hard work

    20. Reached 12,500 signatures
    21. There have been many questions about the refundable part of the tax credit

      Rob Dobberstein
      Petition Organizer

      Hopefully this will help......From the IRS....."For expenses paid prior to the year the adoption becomes final, the adoption credit is generally allowed for the year following the year of payment. For expenses paid in and after the year the adoption becomes final, the credit is allowed in the year of payment. If a taxpayer pays qualified expenses for an adoption in the current year and prior years and the adoption becomes final in the current year, the taxpayer may be eligible to claim the credit on the return for the current year for the expenses paid in the current year as well as for any expenses paid for that adoption in the prior years."

      Refer to this link for more information: http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc607.html

    22. Reached 7,000 signatures
    23. Great Email from Senator Hutchison

      Rob Dobberstein
      Petition Organizer

      One of this sites supporters, Julie Redden, has been instrumental in helping to get the word out. She recently received a great email from her Senator (Senator Hutchison) who served as a member of the Senate Adoption Caucus. Take a look at her email.......http://bit.ly/AdssvN

    24. Reached 5,000 signatures
    25. Questions & Answers....

      Rob Dobberstein
      Petition Organizer

      We have been having a lot of questions regarding the Tax Credit as it is for 2011. Unfortunately, your questions nor does this entire Tax Credit have an easy answer. I am not a Tax expert, but this information is research that i have done and from people that i have talked to. The Tax Credit applies for adoptions started in 2011 and finalized by the end of 2012 for domestic adoptions (just recently received clarification on this). Now all expenses have to be itemized and must be qualifying expenses. You will have to work with your Tax person to work on this. H&R Block also have adoption specialist that could help you. Here are two documents that may help http://bit.ly/rMXDiD and .http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i8839.pdf.


    Reasons for signing

    • Aaron Jones HENDERSON, NV
      • almost 2 years ago

      As a family that cannot have kids naturally and having hopes of adopting a family, its nice to have support in the extremely high cost of adopting.

    • Kathleen Aube WEST WARWICK, RI
      • almost 2 years ago

      to give the opportunity of love, safety, caring and family to a child.

      • almost 2 years ago

      We are adopting older children from foster care in 2013 and continuing the refundable tax credit would make it possible to give them a better future..ie education

    • Lora Flowers JAMESTOWN, TN
      • almost 2 years ago

      I feel that this is a great initiative for those who are willing to adopt and it helps with the future of our adopted children.

      • almost 2 years ago

      Adopting a child in 2013


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