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Pence Hopes Adoption Credit Will Increase Adoptions In State

Gov. Mike Pence signed legislation giving a tax credit to families who adopt, hoping Indiana can be one of the most pro-adoption states in the country.

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The new legislation gives a $1,000 tax credit to Indiana families who adopt children.

Adoption advocates say legislation signed by Governor Mike Pence instituting a tax credit for adoptive parents is a great tool to encourage more adoptions, but they also say efforts shouldn’t stop there.

The legislation the governor signed creates a $1,000 tax credit per adopted child beginning next year.  Pence calls it a step toward making Indiana the most pro-adoption state in the nation.

Sharon Pierce is the CEO of The Villages, an Indiana adoption agency that’s facilitated about 400 special needs adoptions in the last four years.  She says the legislation affirms the importance of adoption.

“Often there are financial challenges in that adoption journey so I think it acknowledges that investment that any of us who are parents make in our children and will help with that,” Pierce said.

She says the next step Indiana needs to pursue is restoring the State Adoption Subsidy.

“We’re one of only two states that no longer provides a State Adoption Subsidy of support for particularly those children who have been abused and neglected and have some special needs,” Pierce said.

Pierce says providing that subsidy could help broaden the pool of potential adoptive parents, which she says is critical to matching up children with the best fit.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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