The Ohio Legislature is working on a bill to ease the financial pain of adoption.
The state House has passed House Bill 405, or "The Family Forward Initiative," which Allie Frazier of Ohio Right to Life says will provide some much-needed relief to adopting couples.
"In providing low-interest loans to adoptive families, The Family Forward Initiative essentially allows families to offset the cost of adoption until the Ohio and federal tax credits come in, since a lot of costs for adoptions are needed up front," Frazier details.
The delayed tax credits hold up the process, so Frazier says the bill's provisions will be a boon to families and children waiting for adoption in The Buckeye State.
"Adoption is something that is really important to us [and something] that we want to really expand on a lot," she tells OneNewsNow. "There's a need in Ohio for adoption, whether that is a local adoption or even foster care adoption, so being able to alleviate those costs through Family Forward is going to help even more families be blessed and grown through the beauty of adoption."
The bill passed unanimously in the House and is now headed to the Senate, where action could send the measure to the governor.
Ohio Right to Life believes the bill is something other states ought to mimic.