WARNING! *I am about to offend a lot of people.* Which is nothing new, I guess...
I just caught this tweet about the Adoption Tax Credit (ATC) and it being in danger of going away. The tweet links to an article here.
Here is the thing, and my thoughts have changed on this a bit as I've begun looking at it from various perspectives, the ATC should not be in the business of providing children for infertile couples. Yes, infertility is awful and painful, but it is not the job of our government to subsidize it's citizens familial longings. It just isn't. And this is coming from a pretty left-leaning-liberal-adoptive-mother.
The original intent of the ATC was "...to encourage further the adoption of special needs children…." In addition, the 1997 law sought to "remove the barriers to inter-ethnic adoption".
Recent studies have shown that the original intent of the ATC has not been achieved. The credit has mainly supported "higher income" families and those adopting internationally. (http://www.nacac.org/adoptalk/adoptiontaxcredit.html) It is not doing what it is meant to do.
Now don't get me wrong, we benefited from this program, I share that openly. But I don't see how it is helping place children who actually need a home, like whose parents rights have been terminated or their parents are dead? Or children with special needs or are "harder to place"?
Thoughts? Am I just a heartless biotch? Wait, don't answer that... ;-)