EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Gov. Mike Pence is asking Indiana lawmakers to
create a tax credit that would help parents offset the expenses of
adopting a child.
Under Pence's proposal, taxpayers benefiting from the federal adoption
credit would be able to claim an additional credit on their state tax
return, The Evansville Courier & Press reported.
The state tax credit would be tied to up to 10 percent of the amount the
taxpayer claims for the federal credit. For 2012 tax returns, the federal
government offered a maximum, nonrefundable credit of $12,650, with that
amount increasing to $12,970 for 2013.
The governor also wants an interim study committee to explore faith-based
and community adoption programs and how to better link the state's
adoption services. Pence has said he wants Indiana to become the nation's
"most pro-adoption state."
Adoption is a personal topic for Pence and his wife, Karen. They went
through the adoption process before their first child, a son, was born.
The Pences later had two daughters.
"We have always cherished and admired families that have gone through
adoption," Pence said earlier this month. "We have seen that there are all
kinds of ways of putting families together and adoption is chief among
them apart from the natural process."
Sharon Pierce, president and CEO of The Villages, Indiana's largest
not-for-profit child and family services agency, said she supports Pence's
plan and any other steps that can "make Indiana more friendly to
"We all know there are literally thousands of children in the country, and
we assume over 1,000 in Indiana to be in need of a forever family," Pierce
She said her group would also like to see lawmakers bring back a state
adoption subsidy, which she said is particularly helpful for families that
adopt children with special needs.