Adopting a child is its own reward, but parents who do will now see a permanent financial incentive in the adoption tax credit -- and it's expected to save parents thousands.
Tax returns are due on Monday, and parents who adopted a child in the last year got some welcome news: They will be able to recoup all the money spent on the process.
Mike and John Haynes were born one year, one month and one day apart -- but they were lucky enough to meet their mom and dad at the same time.
"If they only wanted to adopt one, I know this isn't very nice, but I'd just say, 'Nope. I want to stay with him,'" John Haynes told FOX 9 News.
The brothers say they wanted to stay together because they were the only family they had for one another while in the adoption system. Then, they met Jenny Haynes.
For many, the process of adoption is complicated, time-consuming and expensive.
"I need a bed, I need a dresser, I need clothes," explained Jenny Haynes.
Fortunately, an adoption tax credit helped parents recoup court costs, legal fees and travel expenses.
"It was nice having that tax credit, knowing that it was going to offset some of those expenses," Haynes recalled. "They completed our family and in August 2012, our adoption was complete."
Yet while it lingered for a decade, the temporary tax credit has been in limbo from year to year. With help from U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, adoption advocates finally got help making it a permanent part of the tax code that can provide up to $12,650 back in the pockets of adoptive families.
""It was upwards of $30,000-$40,000 for us," Charlie Meyerson told FOX 9 News. "When we filed our taxes back in 2011, it was a big help."
Klobuchar said the aim was to help the middle-class families who need to defray expenses in order to adopt, and she described the move as "heartwarming."
Currently, there are 468 children in Minnesota looking to be adopted. The Haynes brothers told FOX 9 News they never gave up hope and say they hope more families will be open to adopting older kids. Otherwise, the teens age out of the system and are often unprepared to be on their own.