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Adoptive Parents

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Information for becoming Adoptive Parents

Adoption ARC will generate unique relationships with all adoptive families - by remaining in monthly contact with them. Adoption ARC wants to take away the mystery associated with this beautiful process. Adoptive families are an integral part of this process, even before finalization.

Adoptive Parents Application Form

We have an application form for adoptive parents online to download, if you are ready to begin right away. Once the application is downloaded on to your desktop, print it out, and send us a hard copy in the mail for confidentiality purposes. The following links are Adobe Acrobat files and you can download the reader here.

Adoptive Parent Forms

Adoption ARC Brochure

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Common Questions about Adoption

  1. Who is eligible to adopt?

    Anyone--single, married, divorced, nontraditional families--anyone of any race, color or religion who has a valid homestudy as well as a child abuse and criminal clearance. You must have a lot of love in your heart for a child who needs a permanent, safe home.

  2. How long is the waiting list?

    Adoption ARC does not maintain a waiting list. The personality of the child is matched with that of the family. It is conceivable that you may welcome a child in your home very shortly after the homestudy is completed.

  3. What is an open adoption?

    Adoption ARC believes that birth families, children and adoptive families deserve to have ongoing relationships. Contact is encouraged, but not pushed. It has to be the right relationship for all parties involved.

  4. What should I do first?

    Get a homestudy. A homestudy is like a biography written about you and your family by a licensed, agency social worker. No child may be placed for adoption in Pennsylvania without a valid homestudy. Homestudies are valid for a period of one year. Any licensed adoption agency may perform your homestudy.

  5. What happens after placement?

    Post-Placement Visits. Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware state laws mandate post-placement home visits by a licensed agency social worker. Adoption ARC will provide post-placement visits for you if so desire and are within our licensed area. If not, the same agency who did your home study will most likely provide this supervision and send the reports to Adoption ARC for final approval.

Permanent Tax Credit

Adoption Tax Credit Survives - 2012 and Beyond

The adoption expense tax credit has been around since 1997, but it was set to go out of existence at the end of 2012. Fortunately, a part of the fiscal cliff legislation, passed by Congress and signed by the President on January 2, 2013 made the adoption tax credit permanent. (American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 [Pub. L. No. 112-240])

All of the ground rules remain the same as they were for the year of 2012 except that the amount of the maximum credit will increase, as will the numbers that define the lower and upper limits of income eligibility. All three of these numbers are adjusted each year in accordance with the cost of living. The maximum credit for 2013 will be $12,970 (up from the 2012 number of $12,650) and the full credit will be available to taxpayers with a modified adjusted gross income (AGI) of $194,580 or less. The credit will then phase out completely at an AGI of $234,580.

All of the other features remain intact, including:

  • the ability to carry the credit forward for up to five years in order to use it up,
  • the ability to claim a flat credit (without the need to show actual expenses) for the adoption of a special needs child, and
  • the ability to claim the credit in the case of a failed adoption attempt.

There is one limitation as the permanent tax credit is not refundable. It was refundable during 2010 and 2011 due to a provision of the health care legislation. Since this provision was not in the 2001 legislation (Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act) that was just made permanent, it is not a part of the current law.

Specific tax questions about how these changes may impact on your tax situation should be addressed to a qualified tax advisor.