Federal Adoption Expense Tax Credit

For tax year 2016, you may be able to receive a tax credit of up to $13,400 for qualified expenses paid to adopt an eligible child. See IRS Adoption Credit and Adoption Assistance Programs for additional information.

State Tax Credits

Several states have tax credits for adoptive families, which are sometimes restricted to those families adopting from that state’s public child welfare system. Contact your state adoption unit for more information.

Adoption Subsidies

Families who adopt from the public system may be eligible for reimbursement of adoption-related expenses, such as home study, travel, and attorney costs. In addition, children with special needs may qualify for a subsidy to help parents pay for ongoing treatments. For more information see North American Council on Adoptable Children.

Military Subsidies

Active-duty personnel are reimbursed for one-time adoption costs, whether adopting an infant, a waiting child, or a child from abroad. Find out more at Child Welfare Information Gateway.

Employee Benefits

More employers are offering adoption benefits for employees, and the dollar amounts of these benefits are growing, with the average expense reimbursement now approaching $4,000. Resources for help in lobbying for these benefits:

Organizations That Help Financially

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