The full Senate has given approval to a bill creating an income tax credit to help defray some of the costs associated with adoptions. Sen. Chuck Hall, R-Perry, is the principal Senate author of House Bill 3088. Rep. Kyle Hilbert, R-Bristow, is principal House author of the measure.
While many services and costs of adoptions through the Department of Human Services (DHS) are covered by the state, private adoptions can cost prospective parents an average of about $41,532 per adoption in the U.S., which includes court-related costs, health and psychological exams, medical expenses and other costs outlined in statute.
Hall said this issue was a very personal one for him.
“I’m blessed because I had a biological mother who chose life and I was blessed by wonderful adoptive parents who gave me love, support, guidance and opportunities that enabled me have a wonderful life,” Hall said. “Helping encourage more adoptions in Oklahoma is as pro-life as it can be, and I am excited about passing legislation to help and support families who want to open their hearts and homes to children through adoption.”