Adoption supporters happy with Pence tax-credit plan

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Advocates and prospective parents say a proposed Indiana tax credit for adoptive families is a good first step, but they want the state to do more to help children find homes.

Gov. Mike Pence announced in late December that he wants to make Indiana the nation's "most pro-adoption state" by implementing the tax credit and exploring adoption programs and ways to make adoption affordable.

The tax credit would be tied to a federal adoption tax credit. Indiana adoptive parents could claim 10 percent of the amount claimed on the federal credit when filing their state returns.

The federal tax credit is nearly $13,000 for 2013.

Adoption attorney Lindsay Hurni tells The Journal Gazette  she'd like Indiana to offer more than a 10 percent credit but says "anything helps."

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