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Monday, September 03, 2007

Who needs adoption tax credit??

Adoption Discussion # 11

Recently I was talking to an energetic employee of a child rights organization in India and explained about the efforts of our organization to bring in adoption tax credit in India. She said something that I was not prepared for.

She said "If people are willing to pay 25 to 30 thousand rupees to have a Cesarean section to have a baby and receive no tax credit of any sort, why should an adoptive parent receive adoption credit"? For a moment I felt like I was stumped but after I regrouped my thoughts I am clear that I have answers.

While reason for adoption is always a matter of deliberate and conscious choice, I couldn't be so sure about biological conception. It could be an accident, pleasure, or an outright assault. All things being equal and safe, as much as it is assured in a biological conception that one will have a baby in nine months, there are no such guarantees of outcome in adoption. While most of the adoptive parents endure endless invasion of their lives, most of the biological parents get pampered in a hospital for Cesarian section.

This beside the point, rich and affluent have health insurance to cover the Ceserian section expenses and the poor and downtrodden have the government hospitals to provide for the services. So how about adoption? More importantly, adoption tax credit is not given in the best interest of adoptive parents but an adoptive child. It is believed that a child should grow up in a home lest he/she could miss out on mother/ father's love which in itself could lead to compromised social behaviour. Adoption tax credit is given in the best national interests because the cost to rehabilitate an adult who may have developed anti social mind set due to institutionalization far out weighs the cost of adoption tax credit.

So if I have convinced you enough about the adoption tax credit, support the cause by signing it. You may/ may not benefit directly due to the tax credit in India but do you always have to benefit from something that you engage in? Sometimes can it be in the best interests of others?
Please support that others (poor and downtrodden wanting to adopt) may benefit from it.

You can sign the petition here at this link: http://www.petitiononline.com/atc26047/petition.html

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