- Aug 4, 2021
The adoption tax credit has been restored to the congressional tax plan, where it had originally been left out. Advocates for the credit argue that it helps defray the high costs of adoption, which might prevent children otherwise eligible for adoption from finding families.
Congressman Chris Smith is fighting a plan to repeal a refundable adoption credit he introduced to Congress in 1990. The legislation was reintroduced in the following years, and eventually become law, with bipartisan support, in 1996. “Every child deserves a loving family – and it is incumbent on us to assist those parents who seek to build their families through adoption,” Smith said.
“The adoption tax credit is a clear and legitimate statement by the government that we have a preferential policy for life,” Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-Ne) said, speaking in opposition to its removal in the Republicans’ tax proposal. “We are vigorously making the case of its inclusion in the tax package. This is a real time, real life policy that works.”
There are almost 112,000 children waiting to be adopted in the foster care system, the average wait time being 31.8 months. Around 55 percent of the children have been placed with families three or more times. The Catholic Information Center in Washington, D.C. hosted a three-part panel series on adoption on May 8, May 15, and May 22. The goal was to discuss how the pro-life movement can create a “radical culture of hospitality” for those facing a crisis pregnancy, and for their children.
Republicans in the Texas senate approved a bill allowing adoption and foster care agencies who benefit from public funds to refuse to place children with non-Christian, unmarried or same-sex couples for religious reasons.
“Providing conscience protection for families will enable pastors to encourage loving families to be part of a caring network for these children,” Cynthia Colbert, CEO of Catholic Charities Houston, said in a statement.
In our culture today we may too easily start to think that it’s imperative to have children who are biologically “our own” – as if children were ever simply ours. We all need to be reminded that our biological children are not simply our own. They are gifts, given into our care. The fact of adoption should teach those of us who are parents of biologically related children what being a parent actually means.
The Catholic Church in Belgium recently apologized for its role in separating mixed-race children born to African mothers and European fathers from their families and putting them up for adoption in Belgium. The bishops expressed “regret for the part played in this by the Catholic Church.”