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Special needs children need special parents

Children can have special needs because they are:

  • older

  • members of a sibling group who need to be placed together

  • members of a racial or ethnic minority

  • children with disabling physical, mental, and/or emotional problems

Special parents:

  • can be older

  • can be single or married

  • can work outside the home

  • can either rent or own their home


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Federal Adoption Tax Credit

The federal adoption tax credit was made refundable for the first time, which means that you can claim this credit as a refund even if you owe no taxes.

Families who adopt a child with special needs from foster care can claim the credit without incurring expenses or documenting expenses. The per-child credit is now $13,170 for adoptions finalized in 2010.

This refundable credit will allow more families to benefit, including families who adopted prior to 2010 but didn’t have enough tax liability to access the credit in previous years.

To learn more about the adoption tax credit and how it might benefit your family, visit the following resources: 



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