Beginning in 2003, the maximum adoption federal tax
credit increased to $10,160. Also, the available exclusion
for income benefits under an employer’s adoption
assistance program increased to $10,160. For more information
on the Internal Revenue Code requirements for using
the tax credit and exclusion provisions, follow the
a copy of Publication 968.
Senator Don Nickles, Senator Mary Landrieu, and Senator
James Inhofe have co-sponsored S2128, The Natural Born
Citizen Act, to clarify that the term “natural
born Citizen,” as used in Article II of the United
States Constitution, includes persons born outside
the United States who are adopted by 18 years of age
by a US citizen parent or parents who are otherwise
eligible to transmit citizenship to a biological child
pursuant to an act of Congress. Article II of the US
Constitution states that only a “natural born
Citizen” is eligible to be President. The Constitution
also requires that a person reside in the United States
for at least 14 years to be eligible for the office
of the President. Read the bill by logging on http://thomas.loc.gov,
and entering S2128 as “Bill Number.”
For a link to the
bill, begin by clicking here.
The New Hampshire House Children and Family Law Committee
will be considering SB335, a bill that would allow
adult adopted persons to obtain a copy of their original
birth certificate, without birthparent knowledge or
consent. The law would be retroactive, impacting not
only birthmothers who place a child for adoption in
the future but also those to whom privacy had been
promised in the past. Read NCFA’s written analysis
of “How SB335 Harms Adoption.” A hearing
has been scheduled for Tuesday, April 6, at 10:00AM.
The Senate passed SB335 by a vote of 12 to 11, on March
here to read the New Hampshire bill.
here to read NCFA's statement.
The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed
H4325, its infant Safe Haven bill, on March 15, 2004.
The bill is now with the Senate Ways and Means Committee.
For enactment, the bill still must be debated and passed
by the Senate. As written, parents who place an infant
seven days or younger with a designated Safe Haven
may use the law as an affirmative defense. Stronger
Safe Haven laws provide immunity from prosecution.
In addition to Massachusetts, Alaska, Hawaii, Nebraska,
and Vermont have yet to enact Safe Haven laws.
Louisiana state representative Glenn Ansardi introduced
HB372, a bill that would undermine confidentiality
in adoption in Louisiana, and disrupt the lives of
birthparents, adopted persons, and birth siblings.
HB372 would put in place a system whereby, upon receipt
of a request from an adopted person for a copy of the
original birth certificate, or a request of an adopted
person, birthparent, or birth sibling for contact with
another party to the adoption, a confidential intermediary
would contact the person who is the subject of the
search about his or her willingness to release identifying
here to read HB372.
Louisiana’s state legislature convened on March
29. The bill has been assigned to the House Civil Law
and Procedure Committee.
learn more about the bill, click here.
NCFA’s Infant Adoption Awareness Training Program
has been honored with three Silver Angel awards from
Hollywood-based Excellence in Media. The awards were
presented to the Program for its “Thanks for
Considering Adoption” public service campaign
that has been used by media outlets throughout the
country. The annual awards honor works of outstanding
moral, ethical, and/or social impact. The recipients
of the Silver Angels are those in various forms of
media that have successfully contributed to the advancement
of quality in life without the use of violence, profanity,
or sexual content.
A delegation from the US State Department met with
a Government of Vietnam delegation in Hanoi, Vietnam,
on March 11-12, to discuss a draft instrument on intercountry
adoption. Vietnamese legislation requires that Vietnam
sign bilateral agreements on adoption in order to permit
intercountry adoptions between Vietnam and another
country. Vietnam has not signed the Hague Convention
on Intercountry Adoption. The discussions concluded
without reaching a final agreement.
the State Department’s formal update.
The US Embassy announced on March 4, 2004, that a
team of officials from the Departments of State and
Homeland Security visited Phnom Penh, Cambodia in March
to gather information on the current state of adoption
there. The United States imposed a suspension on adoptions
in December 2001, amid allegations of fraud in the
Cambodian adoption process. According to the State
Department notice, the March 2004 trip was a fact-finding
the State Department notice by clicking here.
On March 19, 2004, Portugal became the 43rd country
to ratify the 1993 Hague Convention on Protection of
Children and Cooperation in respect of Intercountry
Adoption. The Convention will enter into force there
on July 1, 2004. The Convention will enter into force
in Uruguay on April 1, 2004, which ratified the instrument
on December 3, 2003. The United States remains one
of six countries that have signed but not ratified
the Convention, the others being China, the Russian
Federation, Ireland, Belgium, and Turkey. For a list
of all countries that are parties to the Convention
and their status with respect to implementation of
the Hague Convention, follow the link below.
Hague Convention information, click here.
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