Adoption 2016 Wrap-Up and Welcome 2017!


Happy 2017 Adoption Tax Credit News!

In October, the IRS adjusted over 50 tax provisions for taxes filed in 2018 for the 2017 tax year. The maximum adoption tax credit will increase to $13,570, from $13,460 in 2016. Parents who adopt a child with special needs can claim the full amount.

Taxpayers who make more than $243,540 or more annually are not eligible to receive the credit, and phaseouts apply for taxpayers with a modified adjusted gross income over $203,540 per annum.

The Adoption Tax Credit Working Group is still working to make the adoption tax credit refundable. The current non-refundable credit cannot be claimed by families that have no tax liability, which rules out most lower- to moderate-income families.

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Adoption Advocate — Birthfather and Birthmother Discussion

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About Adoption: Expectant Mother Perspective

expectant mother perspective

Welcome aboard new adoptive family!

We are happy to have a new waiting family!   We are always ready to welcome families who want to adopt.  Let us know any questions!

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Frequently Asked Questions about Adoption by Birthmothers

Here Questions about Adoption by Birthmothersare answers to some “Frequently Asked Questions”…

Do I get to choose the family for my baby?
Yes. We will ask you about the sort of family you would like your baby to have. Your preferences are important to us!  If you would rather not participate in making a decision, that is okay, too.  It’s up to you.

How will I know that family I choose will be good parents?
All adoptive parents go through a screening and preparation process. They must be interviewed and evaluated by a social worker who meets with them in person.  In every case, families must pass criminal background and child abuse clearance checks before they can be recommended as an adoptive family.

Will I get to meet the family?
If you wish to meet the family, usually a meeting can be arranged and, if the adoptive family lives close-by, it may be possible to have more than one meeting.

ABC 2What information will the adoptive parents be given about me?
We will provide information about your health, family history and pregnancy.  We encourage you to share information about your personality, likes and dislikes, talents and skills, too.  The more your share, the better the adoptive family will be able to care for your baby.

What information will I receive about the adoptive parents?
First, the family profile!  This give you a look into the family’s life, home, activities, education and lifestyle, with lots of photos.  We can share information about the adoptive family’s work, pets, religious preference, and other things you may wish to know.

What information do you need about the biological father? What if I don’t know who he is or where he is?
This is not uncommon. It is required by law to search for and attempt to obtain the consent of any known possible biological father. If you do not know the identity or whereabouts of the biological father then we will publish a notice.  The ideal situation is where both the birthmother and birthfather are in agreement with the adoption plan, but that is not always the case. The law provides for you to make a plan for your child if the birthfather is unknown, if it is not possible to locate him, or if he is unwilling to participate.

Will someone at the agency be able to provide me with emotional support during my pregnancy and after the birth of my baby?
Yes!  Our counselors are non-judgmental, kind, honest and open-minded. You will have your birthmother counselor’s direct number as well as the agency number. She will help you with pregnancy planning, discuss your options and provide post-adoption resources, as well. Plus, we will introduce you to other birthmothers who are mentors and form a support group.

When will I sign consent papers and how long do I have to change my mind?
In the state of Arizona you must wait three days to consider your placement decision after the birth of your baby, before signing the adoption consents. If you change your mind during these three days, you can. After you sign consents your decision becomes final and irrevocable.

ABC 3Will I need to pay anything in order to make an adoption plan for my baby?
No. Expenses are paid by insurance or AHCCCS or the adoptive family, as allowable by law. However, you may need to follow-through on applying for AHCCCS, for coverage of medical and hospital expenses.

Will the family be able to help me with living and medical expenses?
Yes. Arizona allows up to $1,000 of living and pregnancy-related expenses to be paid by the adoptive family.  Expenses in excess of $1,000 must be approved by court. The Judge will generally allow reasonable living and pregnancy-related expenses, such as rent and household expenses, through your pregnancy and for a month after delivery.

Will my baby have to go into foster care?
In ordinary circumstances the baby will go to his or her adoptive family’s home directly from the hospital. However, it is possible the baby may stay with a qualified foster parent for a few days, in the event that there was little time to prepare for the placement.

Will I be able to give the baby a name?
Yes, if you would like to name your baby, you may. The adoptive family may choose their own name for the baby, as well, but this will not occur the adoption is finalized in court.  Or, you may choose a name together!

What information will I be able to receive about the baby as he or she grows?
In most cases, the adoptive family agrees to provide pictures and letter updates on a regular basis. In-person contact with the family and child depends upon whether you have agreed upon an open or semi-open or closed adoption.

ABC 8What is the difference between open and closed adoption?
Open adoption is when birthparents  remain in contact with their child after the child has been placed with the adoptive family.

Semi-open adoption involves the adoptive family periodically providing letters and photos.

Closed adoption is when the birthparents prefer to close the door after the adoption is completed, without contact with the child or adoptive family.

Do I need to have a lawyer?
You have the right to consult with a lawyer at any point that you feel it would be helpful for you. It is not necessary for you to have a lawyer in order to complete your adoption plan.

More questions!  Call us at 520 531-9931 or 480 528-8251!

Adoption, Abortion, Parenting? Get the facts. No judgment!

Adoption, Abortion, Parenting? Get the facts. No judgment! From American Academy of Adoption Attorneys…


Birthmom Testimonials


My adoption experience was wonderful. Tracy helped me understand the process of choosing adoption for my baby.  She listened to my interests and what I wanted my son’s parents to have. The second family profile was perfect! “

“I loved the relationship I had with Audrey.  It was more of a friendship.  I knew she genuinely cared about me and the wellbeing of my son.  Without her, I would have been in a real bind.”

“My counselor, Tracy, was at the hospital the minute I called.  After delivery I wanted to spend more time with my son before it was time to say goodbye.  She talked to the adoptive parents for me   Everything was fine and they respected my need to have time to say goodbye.”

Birthmom Testimonials“Lauren contacted me often to see how I was holding up throughout my pregnancy. She helped me find resources I had no idea about.  I can’t say enough about how I appreciated her help!  I made the right decision and chose a wonderful family.” 

“All the time Lauren spent with me after I had the baby was amazing.  She really helped me get started on a new life.  I have a job and feel great about my decision.”

We provide pregnancy and adoption services in Phoenix and Tucson and throughout Arizona.  If you are a birthmother in another state, we can coordinate pregnancy counseling with a social worker in your state.

Infographic on Foster Care

Infographic on Foster Care


Adoption Comparison charts

Adoption Comparison charts