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Pence Adoption Proposal Moving Forward

Governor Pence‘s call to make adoption easier in Indiana has cleared its first legislative hurdle.

The House Family and Children Committee unanimously endorsed the governor‘s proposal for a tax credit to defray the cost of adoption.

There‘s already a federal credit linked to household income -- Pence‘s plan would add a state credit equal to 10-percent of the federal credit, making it worth up to 12-hundred dollars.

Michelle Jackson, executive director of M-L-J Adoptions in Indianapolis, says cost is the main obstacle to adoption.

But she says the bill would also establish a nine-member study committee to look at ways to streamline adoption paperwork.