SOURCE: Adoption Council of Canada

Adoption Council of Canada

August 24, 2015 11:49 ET

Adoption Council of Canada Welcomes Tax Credit Changes, Urges Federal Parties to Promote Permanency for Waiting Children

OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - August 24, 2015) - The Conservative Party's promise to raise the federal Adoption Tax Credit and to make it fully refundable is another good step in efforts to help adoptive families, says the Adoption Council of Canada.

The Council also urged the other federal parties to announce the measures they would take, if elected, to support provincial efforts to find permanent families for the estimated 30,000 children and youth waiting in government care across Canada.

If elected, the Conservatives pledged to raise the tax credit to $20,000, which will largely benefit the approximately 2,000 families each year who incur extensive costs when adopting children internationally.

"Making this tax credit fully refundable and increasing its threshold will definitely help those families," says Laura Eggertson, chair of the Adoption Council of Canada. "What most Canadians don't realize, though, is that there are thousands of children and teenagers in care of the provinces who desperately need permanent families -- and it costs little, if anything, to adopt them."

Under the Canada Revenue Agency's regulations, people who adopt from their province's foster care system can also claim the costs of private home study or parenting courses they are required to take, as well as police records checks or other administrative fees. In many cases, people adopting from the provincial system pay little or nothing if their province or Children's Aid Society conducts their own home study and provides training to prospective parents.

Previously, people could only claim up to 15 percent of the total credit, which did not often amount to a much greater tax refund for families adopting domestically. However, making the credit refundable will help lower-income families to get a greater benefit from claiming adoption expenses.

"Adding 15 additional weeks of leave for adoptive parents; collecting data federally about the number of children and youth in care across Canada; conducting a national public awareness campaign and promoting customary care, legal guardianship, kinship care and adoption of waiting Canadian children are other sound public policy measures the Adoption Council urges all federal parties to add to their platforms," says Eggertson.

"Finding waiting children and youth permanent families before they age out of care and into homelessness is one of the most pressing challenges our society faces," Eggertson says.

The Adoption Council of Canada is the only national non-profit organization devoted to serving the entire adoption constellation (birth families, adoptees, adoptive families) and to promoting permanency for waiting children and youth across Canada.

Together, we will find permanency for Canada's 30,000 waiting children and youth.

Adoption Council of Canada

Contact Information

  • For more information:
    Laura Eggertson, Chair
    Adoption Council of Canada
    Email contact 613-878-9336 (cell)