making adoption affordable.

Jonny, Joseph and I spent the day around Iowa with Congressman Bruce Braley, who played a big part in helping Joseph come home.

(Click the link above or go here to see the video.)

Braley announced the Make Adoption Affordable Act today.

The bill will be introduced in Congress next week and will expand + extend the current $12,360 adoption tax credit, which is set to expire this year.

Finances can be are a huge obstacle to adopting. It’s pretty safe to say that most families who adopt make a lot of financial sacrifices (which are 100 percent worth it!), and this act would definitely be a huge help.

We try to be very conscious about details of Joseph’s story and respecting his privacy, and we felt comfortable sharing a bit of how we became a family in support of the adoption credit.

The day began with a small conference in my parents’ living room at their house in Waterloo. It was an early morning, but Joseph woke up everyone by pretending my lapel mic was Chapstick. Where does he come up with this stuff?! He was a natural with the mic and wooed the cameras — such an extrovert when he wants to be!

Jonny, Kayla and Joseph Craig interview.

I’m used to being the interviewer, not the interviewee. Awkward!

Luckily, if you know me, you know I like to talk. And there’s not much I like to talk more about than Joseph. Here’s the story about the Make Adoption Affordable Act from the WCF Courier. KWWL also ran a story about the bill, which you can catch here.

Our next stop was in Cedar Rapids, where our little man was so well-behaved! Proud Mama right here. Here’s the story from KGAN — the end almost made me cry. How perfect is that exchange of looks between Joseph & Jonny?

Our last stop was Des Moines! Joseph was tired (OK, we all were) but still cute as ever (I can’t say the same for myself). It was held at the library’s central campus, and WHO-TV ran a story tonight (not online yet — sorry!). My old stomping grounds, The Des Moines Register, was there, too, so maybe we’ll see a little something in the paper tomorrow.

I hope that we were able to be an OK representation of the many families who foster + adopt. I hope that the bill leads to more loving families for the many waiting kids in our state, country, and world.