Adoption Tax Credit

Currently, significant portions of the Adoption Tax Credit are set for reduction as of  Dec. 31, 2012. Legislation been introduced that will extend the adoption tax credit. Please write, email, phone, or meet with your Congressional delegation to let members of Congress know that you want them to support continuation of the ATC for all adoptive parents and why. Everyone in the adoption community has two U.S Senators and one Representative: go to and to to find your members of Congress and how to contact them. Personal stories of how the adoption tax credit has, is, or will help their constituents become parents are the best form of lobbying on this issue, and the more members of Congress who hear from their constituents about the need to continue the ATC the better!

Attorney Danelle D. Barksdale

We’d like to introduce you to Danelle D. Barksdale.  Danelle is a Board Certified Adoption Attorney with over 13 years of experience in adoption law. She practices exclusively in the area of adoption throughout the State of Florida and in conjunction with out-of-state placements that involve choice of law and Interstate Compact issues. She represents adoptive parents in adoption finalizations and represents several adoption agencies in private adoption placements. She handles a wide variety of adoption-related issues, including issues arising from contesting birth parents. Danelle is a member of the prestigious American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the Florida Adoption Council.

Danelle graduated from Rice University in 1989 with a degree in Psychology. In 1992, she received her law degree from the University of Florida College of Law, where she graduated with honors and was a member of Law Review. Danelle has been practicing law for over 18 years and has handled innumerable adoption, surrogacy and reproductive law cases.

Danelle has been active in her career with the Hillsborough County Bar Association, The Florida Bar, and the Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers. Danelle volunteers with the Bay Area Volunteer Lawyers Program and has been recognized for her volunteer work in the area of adoption. She received the Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in 2008 and the Jimmy Kynes Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service in 2007. Danelle has served on the 13th Judicial Circuit “B” Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee (1997-1999) and has held board positions with private and non-profit organizations.

Danelle is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, signifying that the legal community ranks her “at the highest level of professional excellence”.