Forever Families Through Adoption

Adoptive Parents

What Are My Options?

The process of adoption begins with pre-adoption education, support and counseling. And the first step is often resolving issues surrounding infertility. If you have such issues, FFTA can provide you with individual counseling, group counseling or a referral to a national support group such as the Resolve: The National Infertility Association or a local Adoption support group such as The Adoptive Parents Committee with an informative newsletter and monthly meetings in New York State, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Once the decision to adopt is made, your FFTA counselor will discuss the options that are available to you. For example… Would you like to pursue a domestic adoption or an international one? Are you considering a non-identified adoption or an identified one?* Are you committed to adopting a newborn of your racial and/or ethnic background or are you willing to broaden your horizons?

Could you accept the possible issues associated with a child who has had prenatal exposure to drugs and/or alcohol? Can you see yourself adopting a physically challenged child? How about a sibling group?

After you decide which road to adoption you would like to pursue, FFTA will walk you through the steps you need to take to help you identify a child and then comply with all of the legal requirements to adopt that child.

The first step is to decide whether to focus your adoption efforts domestically or internationally...

* An Identified Adoption is an adoption arranged by adoptive parents and birth parents who already know each other, but the process is done through a licensed agency. Also known as a “Parent-Initiated Adoption.”

Home Study Services

Pre– and post-placement Home Studies are a required step in the adoption process. FFTA regularly provides these services. Should you choose to have your Home Study provided by someone other than an FFTA representative, we will need to review the report to determine if it meets all of the necessary criteria. Please note that there is a charge for a Home Study review.

FFTA can also provide Home Study and post-placement services on a separate fee-for-service basis should you have already initiated the adoption process through another agency or a private adoption service. An FFTA representative can provide you with more information on these services.

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What's New at FFTA?

The IRS released Revenue Procedure 2021 listing the Adoption Tax Credit adjusted numbers for 2021. For adoptions finalized in the calendar year 2021 the maximum credit will be $14,660 (up from $14,300) and the maximum credit will begin to be phased out when the adoptive parents' Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) for 2021 is greater than $216,660, and they will not be entitled to any credit if their MAGI is equal to or greater than $256,660 for 2021.

SAVE all of your invoices and expenses towards your adoption and contact your personal accountant or tax attorney for more information about this new news for 2021!