July 28, 2008

It's Time to Call YOUR Senator: Reauthorize the Adoption Incentives Program!

As I have written in the past the federal program providing the funds for Adoption Incenives which includ the monthly adoption assistance or subsidy payments expires in 2010. As most adoptive families may or may not remember there was and is not guarentee adoption assistance subsidies will Always be there for families and that includes those families currently recieving subsudy assistance.

It's time to make that Call to Washington! It's time to ask our Senators to act Right NOW and reauthorize the Adoption Incentive Program in order to promote adoption of children from foster care!

CALL IN LINE ARE OPEN TODAY and Tomorrow--Monday and Tuesday, July 28 and 29.


It is very simple to make this call simpply dial the number and follow the voice prompts. You will be asked to enter your ZIP code and then connected directly to your Senator’s office. Today is the day to ask you senator to reauthorize the Adoption Incentive Program!

Currently there are 129,000 children and young people in foster care waiting to leave the system – for good – to join permanent families by adoption. Every day without a permanent family feels like a lifetime to a child.

The bipartisan Adoption Incentive Program has helped more than 443,000 children leave the uncertainty of foster care to join adoptive families – but unless Congress acts now, it will expire on September 30, 2008.

The House acted unanimously to improve and reauthorize the Adoption Incentive Program in late June. Please join us in urging the Senate to act before August recess begins.

Senators on the Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over the nation’s foster care system, will play a key role in promoting safe, permanent families for our most vulnerable children.

Please call your senators if you are from one of the following states:

If you live in one of the following states please take a moment and call:


  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Oregon
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • Utah
  • Washington

Urge the Senate to reauthorize and improve the Adoption Incentive Program to promote adoption for children in foster care!

Please help spread the word by forwarding this e-mail to your friends, family, colleagues, and networks and encourage others to take action today! Please post this inforamation in other Adoption Forums and Write Blogs about this issue right away....

Click here for a downloadable flyer.

And Be Sure to POST that you have called and spread the word by letting everyone on the Adoptive Parents Network Forums KNOW!

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