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Adoption tax credit...why???

Why should PAP's receiveover 11,000 dollar tax credit to adopt a healthy infant?? If if the birth mother received 11,000 to parent wouldn't that help her keep her baby??? Is it me or are the laws mixed up?? Please educate!!!

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Asked by Kidsmamabear at 1:26 AM on Feb. 8, 2009 in Adoption

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  • well a mother doesn't need to pay the adoption agency either do they. People who adopt pay agencies, lawyers plus the medical bills.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:33 AM on Feb. 8, 2009

  • In most cases of adoption, I don't think financial issues are the big worry of biological mothers, I think it's more that they're just not ready to be a parent.

    I think they get the tax credit because the government as a reward for taking in a child that would otherwise be in a home.

    Answer by kynziesmom at 1:39 AM on Feb. 8, 2009

  • Our daughter's Bmom just wasn't ready to be a mom yet. So, no, that money wouldn't have changed her mind. And remember it's just a tax credit, it's not guaranteed money! We spent over $10,000 on our adoption, and didn't even see half of that back....and no we're not in a higher tax bracket. I don't believe there's a stipulation on it that says "ONLY FOR HEALTHY INFANTS" to get that credit, either. It's for anyone that has spent money on an adoption and qualifies for the credit. I don't believe that laws are messed up when it comes to helps offset some of the financial burden that goes along with adopting, so that the money spent on fees can be used for more important things in the child's life.

    Answer by LizClara at 4:34 AM on Feb. 8, 2009

  • The only law I see that is mixed up is the one where a birth mother can take her baby to a hospital or fire station and just walk away from it and never be charged with a crime for doing this. Now that's the mixed up law!
    As for the adoption credit, have you thought about what it cost for one year to raise a child? And how much it cost to adopt a child? And it is not just for healthy babies it is for all.

    Answer by breezy2005 at 4:49 AM on Feb. 8, 2009

  • Safe Haven laws are a hell of a lot better than leaving babies out on the street. If a baby's going to abandoned, far better to leave it at a hospital.

    Answer by cedailey at 11:10 AM on Feb. 8, 2009

  • yes finances CAN be a consideration in a birthmom's decision..they shouldn't be but a lot of times they are. some women who choose adoption are already parenting a child, so saying its "usually" because they "aren't ready" to parent doesnt hold water either. The reasons are varied as to why someone chooses to put up their child for adoption. and, no, I dont think someone should get a tax credit to adopt. if they cant afford it they shouldn't be adopting. isnt the idea that your child is getting a "better" life? and to most people "better" means more money usually. some moms are perfectly capable & WANT to parent & but are led feel that the child is "better off" in a home where the parents have more money to do things for the child that the bmom cant. finances do play a big part on all sides in adoption.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:30 PM on Feb. 8, 2009

  • Adoption is expensive, and this is the government's way to help see that children find families and don't spend their childhoods feeling like unwanted cast offs. There are millions of children in this world that go to sleep every night alone...hungry, on the streets, in hell hole orphanages...that need families to make them their own.

    On the domestic infant adoption note: if $11,000 were to make or break a birth mother's decision to make an adoption plan, then she is making the wrong decision to start with.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:00 PM on Feb. 8, 2009

  • So many of these answers are wrong-headed. Many, many mothers have surrendered their infant or toddler because of huge financial constraints....and for many mothers that is their only reason for surrendering...lack of $$$$. Not because they are abusive, neglectful or don't love their child or feel they can't parent.. they are in dire financial straits and don't know where to turn. If the federal, states and employers can offer 'financial assistance' to the tune of approx $11, 000 (and more) to subsidize an adoptive parent's' adoption costs, why isn't this same amount of money available to the mother who is thinking about relinquishing her own child firstly, because she needs help with the initial 'costs' of bringing a new life into this world?

    Again I am not speaking about those mothers who have been proven to be abusive and neglectful, just those who are terribly limited financially. Adoption should be the last resort!

    Answer by LilLizaJane at 3:49 PM on Feb. 8, 2009

  • LilizaJane-
    This is what I am thinking!!! Exactly!!! Why can't employers help these moms like they help adopting couples, why can't they receive a one time 11k tax credit, like AP's??? Why can't a scared new mom-to be get assistance? 11k Tax CREDIT plus the deduction?? and why why why is a pregnant woman refered to as a birthmom (BM) SH** before her child is even relinquished???? So many questions, so many question...phew.....

    Answer by Kidsmamabear at 4:21 PM on Feb. 8, 2009

  • Federal and state aid IS available for infants and mothers and probably to the tune of way more that $11,000 per year per case. WIC, Medicaid, federal grants and scholarships, foodstamps...all these help low income mothers of infants.


    Answer by Anonymous at 4:53 PM on Feb. 8, 2009

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