I do homestudies in KY, and the agency I work for posted this on our FB today.  It’s WAY too good not to share:)  These are all easy and important things we can all do to let our representatives know how important this is to adoptive families! 🙂

As you may know, Congress is on August recess, but this is a perfect time to connect with your Members of Congress. Here are several simple ways you can reach out and make sure they know how important the Adoption Tax Credit is to you (their constituents). We want to build Senate and Representative support for the Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act (S.1056/H.R.2144).

Here is what you can do in August:
• Send a letter to Congress. Use the template letter linked here but personalize it: http://adoptiontaxcredit.org/advocate/sample-letter/ . Even if you have already adopted, tell your legislators how important your family is to you. If you have not yet benefited from the Adoption Tax Credit, explain how you hope it is available for all future families.
• Call your Members of Congress. Surveys show that only 20 calls from constituents are needed for a bill to the get the attention of our elected officials. Even if you sent a letter, please call. If you only do one thing, please call. We have created a script for you and made it very easy: http://adoptiontaxcredit.org/advocate/sample-script/
• Visit your Members of Congress. August is a great time to make an appointment to visit your Members of Congress while they are back in their district and state for the August recess. Find their website and contact their in state office to make an appointment. http://adoptiontaxcredit.org/legislation/ . Use the Adoption Tax Credit website content for your meeting “script” and print this PDF document to leave with the staffer/Member that you meet with: http://adoptiontaxcreditdotorg.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/revised-atc_faqs_january_2013.pdf.
• Connect with your Members of Congress online. Social media allows you to directly connect with your elected officials. Most Senators and Representatives have Facebook pages and Twitter accounts. Connect with them today: http://govsm.com/w/Main_Page
Do not underestimate the power of your voice and your story. Members of Congress support bills that matter to their constituents.

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