New Adoption Leave Just Like Maternity Leave!

In 2018, the Louisiana Legislature passed ACT 631, which awards school employees like teachers, social workers, guidance counselors, and psychologists who are prospective adoptive parents, a leave of absence similar to that provided by the Federal Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) and our Louisiana version. Regularly employed women teachers are granted a leave of absence for a reasonable time before and after birth of a child. Now, thanks to Act 631, regularly employed teachers are also granted a leaves of absence of up to 30 days, after placement of a child as part of an adoption. These school employees who are [...]

By |2019-04-25T16:02:09+00:00April 25th, 2019|Adoption|Comments Off on New Adoption Leave Just Like Maternity Leave!

Adoption Tax Identification Number

If you are in the process of adopting a child and are able to claim the child as your dependent or are able to claim a child care credit, you may need an Adoption Tax Identification Number (“ATIN”) until a SSN is issued for your adoptive child. An ATIN is issued by the IRS as a temporary taxpayer identification number for the child in a domestic adoption when the adopting taxpayers do not have and/or are unable to obtain the child's Social Security Number (SSN). 1 According to the IRS, recent tax law changes require that when you list a [...]

By |2019-03-15T13:42:05+00:00March 14th, 2019|Adoption|0 Comments

Adoption Stories: Scott and Holly Sanchez

Our entire adoption story is such a beautiful blessing. We are so thankful that On Point Legal was part of that blessing. In 2017, we were contacted by our son’s birth mother approximately three months before he was born. As we began to move forward with our “adoption to-do list” we knew how important it was to find a knowledgeable and caring attorney to navigate us through the journey. After speaking to several friends that utilized On Point Legal for their adoption process, we quickly contacted Todd Gaudin. Our experience was surprisingly pleasant (as we all know how stressful the [...]

By |2019-01-21T22:53:35+00:00January 15th, 2019|Adoption|Comments Off on Adoption Stories: Scott and Holly Sanchez

Are Adoptions Something Good?

The late great Irish apologist, C.S. Lewis, through MERE CHRISTIANITY,1 sought to convince its readers that his Christian Faith was the most rationale of all spiritual belief systems. He constructed the books’ chapters to contain ideas that progressively build upon each other and that reach a grand conclusion. In the beginning, while building a basic argumentative foundation, he wrote: [P]leasure, money, power, and safety are all, as far as they go, good things. The badness consists in pursuing them by the wrong method, or in the wrong way, or too much . . . [W]ickedness, when you examine it, turns [...]

By |2019-01-23T14:28:34+00:00January 3rd, 2019|Adoption|0 Comments

Adoption Tax Credit

Taxpayers who have adopted or tried to adopt a child may qualify for a tax credit. Here are nine important things about the adoption credit: The Credit. The credit is non refundable, which may reduce taxes owed to zero. If the credit exceeds the tax owed, there is no refund of the additional amount. In addition, if an employer helped pay for the adoption through a written qualified adoption assistance program, that amount may reduce any taxes owed. Maximum Benefit. The adoption tax credit for 2018 has been increased to $13,840.1 Credit Carryover. If the credit exceeds the tax owed, [...]

By |2019-01-03T17:21:47+00:00January 3rd, 2019|Adoption|0 Comments

Big Changes to How Money is Used in Louisiana Adoptions

In 2018, our legislature amended several Ch. C. Articles that regulate the payment of money to parents when in connection with an adoption. Before the revision, a mother was allowed to receive financial assistance in the following categories: Reasonable medical expenses; Reasonable counseling and training expenses for adoptive parents; Reasonable court costs, travel costs, and attorney fees; Reasonable mental health counseling services for parents; Reasonable expenses incurred to collect family histories; Reasonable living expenses incurred by a mother. The category in which many adoption professionals believed was being abused was “living expenses.” By way of context, R.S. 14:286. (Sale of [...]

By |2019-01-03T17:07:04+00:00January 3rd, 2019|Adoption|0 Comments

Adoption Stories: Donna and James Clyde

In March of 2016 we were unexpectedly blessed with a two month-old baby named Zariah, who was related to our two adopted children.  I had been in touch with her birth mom for 13 years, since her two other children were placed in our home through the Texas foster care system.  She had intended on parenting Zariah, but was in a very difficult situation and needed us to intervene temporarily.  When more light was shed on the situation, we realized that it would be dangerous for Zariah to return to her birth mother and we worked towards adopting her. Ours [...]

By |2019-01-03T15:52:17+00:00December 12th, 2018|Adoption|0 Comments

Adoption Stories: Jessi and Ben Morris

From the moment we met with Todd Gaudin, we knew he was our guy for this journey. And journey it has been, with even a trip to Haiti included. Todd will go above and beyond to make sure your journey is worth the wait. Having Todd as our lawyer was so pleasant and his Christian values just adds to why we knew we made the right choice with On Point. Todd is very solid in what he believes in and stands for what is right. He is so kind and always available, and if he couldn’t answer, He had someone [...]

By |2018-12-07T14:28:24+00:00December 7th, 2018|Adoption|0 Comments

Adoption Stories: Robert and Claudia Brown

My wife and I were thoroughly pleased with On Point Legal. Everyone at the law firm was very patient and understanding. Our adoption matter wasn’t an easy one, but Todd and Rebecca got the job done. They did a remarkable job and didn’t let up on our case. We are very thankful for his staff and all of help each of them put forth to get us through the adoption process. If we had to do it all again, we would because we appreciate the hard work, determination, and love shown to us by everyone at On Point Legal. [...]

By |2018-12-07T14:29:54+00:00December 7th, 2018|Adoption|0 Comments

Adoption Stories: Michelle and Thad Carter

We know our love for each other is strong and have known since the beginning that we wanted to have children. It was our dream to become a mother and a father and to provide joy, love and wisdom to a child. We feel this is our primary purpose on Earth and are excited at how blessed our future will be as a family. We knew from the start of trying to conceive right after marriage that we wanted to pursue adoption. We knew we were starting a family a bit later in life and wanted more than one child. [...]

By |2018-12-07T14:31:44+00:00December 6th, 2018|Adoption|0 Comments