Yesterday Andrea got home before me, grabbed the mail, and noticed a thick envelope addressed to us from D.CF. Excited, she speed-dialed me with one hand and tore open the envelope with the other…
To discover that we’ve been invited to the f.oster parent & kid holiday party. hmmm.
My feelings over this were twofold. 1) It’s a good sign that they think we may have a kid to bring to the holiday party, and yay for making it onto the state’s fo.ster parent mailing list. but then 2) if they have so much gosh darn time that they can mail out holiday invitations in OCTOBER then perhaps they should be reviewing these home.studies a little faster, huh?!?
That envelope should have been addressed to Bitter Betty.
Please help support the Adoption Tax Credit!
The full article can be found here:
The federal adoption tax credit has helped thousands of families say “Yes!” to adopting a child. It’s vital that this financial support stay in place to help families offset the costs and fees associated with adopting a child. Unfortunately, the tax credit is set to expire in December 2010 unless Congress votes to continue it. It’s time to take action!
The Adoption Tax Relief Guarantee Act of 2009, H.R. 213 , will keep the adoption tax credit from being repealed, and may make the tax relief measure permanent. It only takes a few minutes to email or call your senators and congressmen it’s important for them to hear from families impacted by the tax credit.
Currently, there are 76 State Senators and Representatives cosponsoring H.R. 213. However, there are 16 states that currently have no sponsors of this bill, including eight on the East Coast (one of the largest areas of the US with internationally adopted children). H.R. 213 is currently in committee, where most bills die.
It only takes a few minutes to write, call, or email your representatives. Please do so today! A message as simple as “As your constituent, I urge you to support the adoption tax credit, HR 213” could be incredibly helpful.
Email Representative: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml
Currently, the following states have NO cosponsors or commitments of support for H.R. 213: West Virginia, Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine, Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, Montana, South Dakota, New Mexico, Arkansas, and Hawaii.
The two states offering the greatest support are Texas & Georgia with 6 cosponsors each, closely followed by Pennsylvania with 5.
Pass this on to friends and family, and ask for their help in writing, calling, and posting on blogs and facebook. To gain momentum, we must have an absolute ground swell of families lifting their voices together for the well-being of children throughout the world.
I’ve received word that our file has been approved by 1 of the 2 people who need to approve it. We are one scribble of a signature away from a license. But don’t hold your breath…we have no idea when that signature will come.
I apologize for the lack of updates lately, but the truth is, there’s been nothing update-able going on. We’re still waiting for our license. still. <grumble> So, I figured I’d share what I’ve been doing to keep myself busy in the mean time.
Remember that pesky old bird project? I decided to pick it up again because the nursery really does need a few more decor items. I’ve successfully made three more birds. They don’t rival the perfection of the birds in that magazine pic (Martha, I am not), but i’m pleased considering the outcome of my first.
Up next was operation baby clothes. We’ve been slowly building our clothing collection thanks to irresistable sales and generous friends. But they were still lying around in random bags and boxes. So, I spent an afternoon washing all that needed to be washed and sorting them into labeled bins based on sizes. ::ahhhh:: My once junk pile of a closet is now an organized baby clothes haven. Added bonus is that I now have a good handle on what sizes we have enough of and what we need more of.
Finally, I came up with version #1 of this year’s holiday card. I always send out a few different versions and I’m still holding out hope that the one going to our closest family and friends will include a little cutie.