Tax it.

Minnesota Adoption Factsheet– 2007 data

Children’s Home Society and Family Services Annual Report 2007-2008 (based in Minnesota)

In 2007 —

There were 1,526 foster children in Minnesota waiting to be adopted.

CHSFS did 645 international adoptions.

CHSFS adopted only 32 of Minnesota’s “waiting children” out of foster care. They did 35 infant adoptions, for a total of 67 domestic adoptions.

645 international. 67 domestic.

1,526 American children waiting for homes.

How can we say this is “finding homes for children” as opposed to finding children to meet prospective adopters’ specifications?

Since internationally adopted children are commodities, let’s call a spade a spade and tariff those goods. Instead of giving internationally adoptive parents tax cuts, they should be taxed more, and those tax revenues could go toward supporting the American social welfare system and finding homes for American children. Or the agencies should lose their tax-exempt status and pay tariffs on imports. Let’s take it to the WTO. I see anti-dumping fines, stricter regulation, goods traceable back to their factory of origin with dates of production, etc. It would be like legalizing prostitution or marijuana for the tax and regulation benefits to the larger society.

What do you think?

4 responses to “Tax it.

  1. Makes sense to me! The tax credit for international adoption is stupid.

    AP (international adoption)

  2. No argument here. If Toyota has to go before congress when they blow it, then I would add that, given all the, er “inconsistencies” that exist in intercountry adoption, I say we should pull all the agencies up to the Hill for a good whoopin’, too.

    Just finishing up “Fugitive Visions.” Thank you for finally breaking my tiny little brain. Loved it, will be thinking about it for a long time.

  3. Absolutely, there were specifications going into adoption for us – we wanted an infant and a clean slate. I believe these are the sort of expectations that continue to drive this forward. We even thought that way knowing what foster care is like from both ends – I was in foster care and my wife is a social worker.

    Addressing that state of mind seems to me the only way to cause change.

    Tax break? A few hundred dollars is irrelevant. New tax? I don’t see that making a difference either. But my perspective is fairly limited on that aspect. It was never about money for us.

  4. Hi Ed! Very nice to see you here again. ^^ Hope everything’s well with you!

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