Carmel to offer adoption assistance t...

Carmel to offer adoption assistance to workers

There are 38 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Nov 21, 2007, titled Carmel to offer adoption assistance to workers. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Starting next year, Carmel will offer its employees help in covering the cost of adopting children.

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Z Whiz

Indianapolis, IN

#1 Nov 21, 2007
A nabole cause. However, it is NOT the role of government agencies without a direct role in the adoption process to be subsidizing public employees in this manner.

If financial assistance is needed, it should be the role of not-for-profit agencies and religious organizations. Let the public have the choice of how it wants to help.

Taxpayer dollars should NOT be used in this manner. It is socialism.
Get Julia OUT

Indianapolis, IN

#2 Nov 21, 2007
so my tax dollars are helping them? Why can't they help me?

“Say no to HILLARY ”

Since: Mar 07

Westfield, Indiana

#3 Nov 21, 2007
There is already a tax credit from the Government when you adopt. My family adopted this year and we will receive extra on our tax return next year. I would assume it is to help with the costs.

The Government may give Carmel a kick back for the money put out.

I can tell you that it is a real help for us. The expense to complete an adoption is very high.
Jay

Lafayette, IN

#4 Nov 21, 2007
Anything to increase taxes. Sheesh.

“Say no to HILLARY ”

Since: Mar 07

Westfield, Indiana

#5 Nov 21, 2007
I forgot to add I believe this is great idea for Carmel employees.

As far as your taxes paying for it, I donít believe it could be that much extra for you.

Adoption is not something that people do all the time. It is very difficult so I would think that maybe only a few would take advantage of it in a year.

Have a great Thanksgiving
cold

Indianapolis, IN

#6 Nov 21, 2007
Was there a condition that the adopting parents must be married? How about that they can never file for welfare?
Card

Carmel, IN

#8 Nov 21, 2007
Paid for by the citizens of Carmel? Are you kidding me?
not your money

San Francisco, CA

#9 Nov 21, 2007
A very noble idea but this is not your money. Gov't should not be doing this but rather encourage private donations to raise money but not forcibly make taxpayers do this. A very liberal notion being generous and compassionate with money that is not yours! I am very pro-adoption but this is just so misguided and wrong.
Tracy

Fishers, IN

#10 Nov 21, 2007
A lot of employers are offering this as a "benefit". This is no different than the health insurance, vacation, etc. that they already receive as employees. It costs you no more in taxes than it does any other Carmel worker that pays taxes. Get over yourselves.

“Say no to HILLARY ”

Since: Mar 07

Westfield, Indiana

#12 Nov 21, 2007
Tracy wrote:
A lot of employers are offering this as a "benefit". This is no different than the health insurance, vacation, etc. that they already receive as employees. It costs you no more in taxes than it does any other Carmel worker that pays taxes. Get over yourselves.
Ditto
Fat in Government

Indianapolis, IN

#13 Nov 21, 2007
It sure looks like Carmel has a lot of fat in its budget. I wonder if every employee who adopts will get a city provided 2007 Tahoe (like Carmel's director of communications).

Carmelites, start calling your members of the city council.

Since: Feb 07

Indianapolis, IN

#14 Nov 21, 2007
Are they going to help help for infertility expenses? Most insurance companies do not cover infertility.
First thought

AOL

#15 Nov 21, 2007
If you decide to adopt, let the hard working family man pay his share for you obtaining your child that YOU want. If that's fair how much are we going to give parents for giving birth? Get the blood sucking lawyers out of the adoption procedures and watch the costs go down.

“Say no to HILLARY ”

Since: Mar 07

Westfield, Indiana

#17 Nov 21, 2007
First thought wrote:
If you decide to adopt, let the hard working family man pay his share for you obtaining your child that YOU want. If that's fair how much are we going to give parents for giving birth? Get the blood sucking lawyers out of the adoption procedures and watch the costs go down.
I agree the lawyers are a BIG part of the cost.
I think I bought ours a new house.
Another thought

Chicago, IL

#18 Nov 21, 2007
This is a VERY GOOD thing. To all of you complaining about this raising your taxes or city employees getting undo perks...give it up. Until you look into adoption, or experience it (ie. how much it costs, how long it takes, the emotional roller coaster you become a part of) you have not the faintest clue of what you're talking about. I was fortunate enough to have been born with a fertility problem, and adoption or invitro was the only way I could have a child. At the time insurance didn't cover EITHER of these. Anyone out there having their own biological child was covered on insurance. This is no different than covering the cost of giving birth to your own biological child. As far as the govt tax credit that's already out there...it doesn't cover everything. As I said above, THIS IS A GOOD THING.
Ban it all

United States

#19 Nov 21, 2007
First thought wrote:
If you decide to adopt, let the hard working family man pay his share for you obtaining your child that YOU want. If that's fair how much are we going to give parents for giving birth? Get the blood sucking lawyers out of the adoption procedures and watch the costs go down.
Actually, it is not teh lawyer's fees but the agency fees that run up the cost of the adoption. You may write the check to the lawyer, but the lawyer does not keep it all.

“Say no to HILLARY ”

Since: Mar 07

Westfield, Indiana

#20 Nov 21, 2007
Ban it all wrote:
<quoted text>
Actually, it is not teh lawyer's fees but the agency fees that run up the cost of the adoption. You may write the check to the lawyer, but the lawyer does not keep it all.
I believe most agencies are non profit. I know the one we used was.

They give you a break down of the costs so you can see where all the money is going.
Buckeye

Jasper, IN

#21 Nov 21, 2007
Has anyone figured out that adoption takes the child/children out of foster care and that cost to the state? Then there is the idea that these kids might be able to see how normal family life is and go on to be productive citizens.
rmk23

United States

#22 Nov 21, 2007
Casual Observer wrote:
Isn't Hamilton County where all the perverts and molestors have been showing up lately?
Now the city of Carmel is subsidizing bringing in more kids.... huh.
No, Hamilton County is where they actually catch some of the offenders. Makes you wonder about your neck of the woods, huh?
I Wonder Why

Indianapolis, IN

#23 Nov 21, 2007
I wonder why this was not put on the agenda until after the election.

Yet it was made retroactive for 2007!

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