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Commentary: Congress should make adoption process easier

5:38 PM, Dec. 7, 2012  |  Comments
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November was National Adoption Month. If you're wannabe parents who can't have natural children, there's a mix of news for you:

? Across the USA, 104,236 children in foster care homes are currently eligible and hoping for adoption.

? An adoption tax credit, which decreased this year to $12,650, is set to expire on Dec. 31 unless Congress acts to extend it.

If you're a wannabe parent who can't have biological children of your own, or if you have friends in that situation, it's important for you to urge Congress to extend the adoption tax credit. Without it, many adoptable children will remain without parents.

Importantly, nearly 30,000 children annually "age out" of foster care when they become 18. Without adoptive parents, many of them have years or a lifetime of problems.

My wife, Rachel, and I have special personal and professional interests in adoptions, not just during National Adoption Month, but ongoing. She runs an adoption agency called "Home At Last" in Cocoa Beach, where we live. HAL found us these six chosen children:

? Alexis, 21, now at Temple University's Tokyo campus.

? Karina, 15; twins Andre and Ariana, 14; and twins Ali and Rafi, 12. They attend three public and private local schools on the Space Coast.

Choosing your children through adoption gives you a wonderful mix. You pick their age, race and sex.

Congress should make the adoption process easier and more affordable. Adults, children and the country as a whole will benefit.

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