As a Christian organization that promotes strong families, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms advocates for pro-adoption public policy.
Over the years, we have lobbied in Albany for bills that would address financial concerns that might discourage families from adoption. While the State Legislature has repeatedly passed such bills, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has repeatedly vetoed them. In December 2014—just before Christmas—Gov. Cuomo vetoed a bill that would have given a tax deduction to families who adopt children from the foster care system. At that time, we labeled the Governor a “grinch.” Undaunted, the Governor vetoed the same bill in 2015. In December 2016, Gov. Cuomo struck again; this time, he vetoed a tax deduction for parents who adopt children with special needs.
Despite these setbacks, it is important to continue pushing for legislation that will make it easier for families to adopt children. One such bill is advancing in the New York State Senate. Bill S.2582-Bailey would provide adoptive families with an income tax deduction in the amount of “adoption agency fees and any and all medical and legal fees, court costs and any other related expenses paid or incurred by a taxpayer during the taxable year in connection with the adoption of a child.” On May 7, 2019, the Senate Codes Committee approved this bill and referred it to the Senate Finance Committee for further consideration.
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms urges the Legislature to pass the adoption tax deduction bill and, if necessary, to override the Governor’s veto. Sadly, many children in New York lack “forever families”; the State of New York should make it a major priority to solve this problem.