Bills Introduced in Congress

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The Adoption Tax CreditThe Adoptee Citizenship Act

Additional Advocacy Topics

Human Rights Reporting on Unparented Children National Responsible Fatherhood RegistryFoster Care Bill of Rights Congressional Coalition on Adoption‚Äč

Adoption Tax Credit

NCFA has been a champion of the adoption tax credit for decades, helping to establish the credit in 1997, expand the credit over the years, and save the credit in 2017 when it was at risk of being eliminated during tax reform. But we're not the only voices fighting to make adoption more affordable! The adoption tax credit relies on families like you to advocate for its future!

A refundable tax credit could help more families, particularly those with middle to low incomes. The Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act has been introduced in the House (H.R. 2965) and Senate (S. 1652). You can help by asking your Members of Congress to support adoption tax credit refundability. The Adoption Tax Credit Working Group has sample messages and more information on the national benefits of refundability.

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Citizenship for Intercountry Adoptees

The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 (CCA) granted some foreign-born children adopted by U.S. citizen parents their U.S. citizenship automatically upon entry into the United States. However, this act excluded some international adoptees. Many adopted individuals who entered the U.S. as children, either on a non-automatic visa type or before the CCA was enacted, later discover they are not U.S. citizens or that they lack documentation to prove they are. In May 2019, the House (H.R. 2731) and Senate (S. 1554) introduced bipartisan bills to amend the Child Citizenship of 2000 to correct the loophole that left some individuals adopted abroad without U.S. citizenship. You can support citizenship for intercountry adoptees by contacting your Members of Congress and asking them to support this legislation.

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Human Rights Reporting on Unparented Children

Do you believe that every child around the world has an inherent right to a family? The Coalition for the Human Rights of Unparented Children, of which NCFA is a leading member, is calling upon Congress to enact legislation requiring the Department of State to treat the deliberate denial of family life, including the refusal to place children in available adoptive homes, as a human rights violation eligible for inclusion in its annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. You can pledge your support for this campaign and sign up for email updates on the coalition's website.

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National Responsible Fatherhood Registry

Responsible Fatherhood Registries—also known as putative father registries, paternity registries, or paternal claim registrars—allow an unmarried, uninvolved biological father who registers in a timely manner to receive notice of any pending or future adoption proceedings involving his putative (or possible) child. A national registry could modify existing federal and state locator services to help state agencies find information about registered putative fathers in other states. This would provide a broader, more efficient way to locate biological fathers during a pending adoption.

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Foster Care Bill of Rights

What rights do kids in foster care really have? State-level foster care guidelines generally protect a child’s basic human rights to food, shelter, and care, but often fail to take into consideration further rights related to the unique vulnerabilities of children in care. We need that village they say it takes to raise a child to come together and demand that these children’s rights be clearer, and then, that they be consistently and vigorously upheld.

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Congressional Coalition on Adoption

Ask your Members of Congress to join the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, if they haven't already! The CCA is the largest bicameral caucus in Congress. Once your Member joins the CCA, they'll have access to adoption-related information throughout the year. It's an easy way for them to stay up-to-date on changes in the field of adoption, as well as pieces of legislation that may help children living outside of family care. Here's what you need to know about the CCA.