March 26, 2010

Adoption Tax Credit

Excerpt from Adoption Learning Partners...

Good news for adoptive families from the health care bill just signed into law March, 2010. Included in the bill were favorable changes to the Adoption Tax Credit. Our partners at Joint Council for International Children's Services summarize the changes as follows:

• The maximum credit was increased from $12,150 to $13,170
• The credit is extended through December, 2011.
• The credit was made refundable. If a family has no tax liability, the IRS will refund the amount due.
Read the bill's text yourself click here. (The Adoption Tax Credit is mentioned on page 903 of the 906 page bill.)

March 23, 2010

Helping Older Children Adjust

This brief question and answer article talks about how to help older children adjust to your home. It briefly discusses their anxieties and fears and ideas on how to work through these fears to develop trust. Check it out here!

March 11, 2010

The Myth of Love at First Sight

Here is an article entitled "The Myth of Love at First Sight". It is about the feelings of depression that a lot of adoptive parents go through after the child is placed in their home. It is something that is not talked about a lot but very real. Check it out here.

March 10, 2010

Adoptive Family Egg Hunt

We invite our adoptive families to have a hopping good time at our 3rd annual Easter Egg Hunt (Montgomery and surrounding areas) March 27th at Buddy Watson Park from 10-11:30. If you are interested in attending please contact the APAC office at 334-409-9477 by March 22nd to RSVP.

March 2, 2010

Discipline: With an Adoption Twist

Here's a great article on discipling children who have been adopted. Children who have been in foster care, who have been in orphanages, who have been abused and neglected have unique needs when being discipled. Typical methods that parents use are not always effective. This article talks about what actually works for our children. Check it out here! The APAC library has many of the books that the article recommends - just let us know if you are interested in checking them out!