Governor Mike Pence is asking lawmakers to create a state tax credit for any individual or family who adopts in the upcoming legislative session. His proposal would also create a state credit for taxpayers who take advantage of the federal adoption credit.
The proposal also laid out goals for a one-year interim study committee to examine reducing legal and regulatory costs for prospective adoptive parents, and coordinating between public and private adoption services.
Pence said in a speech in Fort Wayne he wants Indiana to be the most pro-adoption state in the US.
The Indiana Department of Child Services finalizes over 1000 adoptions every year in the state.