House Republicans’ initial tax-reform plan removed the adoption tax credit, which helps families defray the high cost of adoption. The backlash was swift.
Conservatives argued the move ran contrary to the pro-life principles so integral to the party’s platform. Adoptive parents spoke out about the exorbitant cost of the process.
Google engineer Brandon Jones wrote that adopting his first son cost $50,000, a lump sum he paid before any of the official machinations of the adoption can begin. He noted that many families take out second mortgages on their home or ask for donations and loans from their family and friends. The tax credit is a lifeline.