It certainly has been a while since my last post!  There has been a ton going on including the acquisition of a brand new studio space and laying the groundwork for my husband’s and my imminent adoption!

It is the adoption that has inspired this blog post today, although I promise there will be photos and progress with the studio coming up shortly.  Many people aren’t aware of the expense involved with adoption.  For most non-special-needs adoptions, the costs range from $20-$50 thousand dollars!  For the past decade or so, there has been a substantial tax credit for those adopting children to help with this initial cost burden.  That credit is on the chopping block at the end of 2012 (most likely before our adoption completes!) which will put many children and families in jeopardy of not finding their perfect match due to financial issues.  It’s really important that this tax credit remain an option for families adopting our children who are looking for their forever families.

For more information about this issue, please visit Save The Adoption Tax Credit


If you can find the time, please send messages to your representatives to let them know how important this is for our children. Following is a compilation of the representatives’ contact information for those of us living in Portland.

Contact Representative Blumenauer

Contact Senator Merkley

Contact Senator Wyden


Here is an advocacy page with tips on what to say and how to represent yourself to your elected officials:

And here’s a sample e-mail that you can use as a starting place for your letter:

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