Hamilton, the Adoption Credit, and You

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What does one of our founding fathers have to do with a vital piece of America’s adoption landscape? The history buffs may already know.

For twenty years the adoption tax credit has provided financial assistance to adoptive families. These funds have given many families the ability to adopt a child, something they could not have done without the relief of the adoption tax credit provided by the U.S. Federal Government functioning under the financial system masterminded by Alexander Hamilton.

Hamilton was an orphan from the West Indies. He was left to rely on only himself, like so many children in foster care today. Alexander’s island community raised money to send him to school in America, not unlike the idea that tax dollars should offset the cost of adoption, encouraging families to adopt. Alexander’s wife, Eliza, founded the first private orphanage in New York City. Alexander and Eliza were adoptive parents, adopting a young girl who needed a home and love – the kind of love that the tax credit enables new adoptive parents to provide children all over our country.

The adoption tax credit is in real danger of being eliminated with the passage of tax reform in the near future.  The elimination of the adoption tax credit would devastate many potential adoptive families, along with the hopes and dreams of their future children.

Alexander Hamilton worked and wrote vehemently to better his new country. Luckily, you don’t have to write The Federalist Papers to make a difference – you don’t have to write anything. The best way to fight to keep the adoption tax credit is to make a video and send it to your representatives.

Making your voice heard is as easy as picking up your smartphone and following these simple instructions:

1.     Go to www.adoptiontaxcredit.org

2.     Click “Take Action”

3.     Make a short video about why the tax credit is so important

4.     Click Send Video

5.     The website will automatically send your video to your member of Congress

6.     Pass it on

7.     Done!

The orphanage founded by Eliza Hamilton over 200 years ago, Graham Windham, still serves children today in NYC – children like the young girl the Hamiltons adopted. Children, like so many other children and families across the country, who would be negatively effected if the adoption tax credit were to be eliminated. As adoptive families and organizations mobilize to keep the adoption tax credit, I hope we can all channel our founding fathers and mothers and fight for it.  To borrow a phrase from Hamilton, let’s  no “throw away our shot” at keeping the adoption tax credit.

Martin Pringle’s Adoption Attorneys have more than 50 years-experience representing adoptive parents and birth mothers. We are dedicated to the goal of connecting the right adoptive parents with birth mothers seeking a loving home for their child. From start to finish, Martin Pringle’s adoption attorneys will be by your side.

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