International adoption has recently come up in the news as a result of Russia’s controversial decision to ban adoptions of Russian children by U.S. families. This decision, which came about after several horrific cases of Russian children who had been abused by their adoptive families, has prompted international outcry among adoption advocates, who warn that this step will simply leave more children abandoned in Russian orphanages, which are considered some of the poorest in the world. As much as this is an unfortunate development, it has also helped to shine a spotlight on the benefits of adopting children.
An equally important, though far less commented upon, development in the realm of adoption has been the extension of a tax credit for parents who adopt a child. This is especially important for international adoptions, which can often have significant costs up-front that may deter some prospective parents. In some cases, the savings possible through this credit can be upwards of $10,000, depending on the circumstances in which the adoption occurs.
As both of these developments show, adoption can be a difficult but ultimately deeply rewarding process. With the help of an experienced family law attorney, though, much of the hardest parts of adoption can be resolved with little or no difficulty.