All children deserve a safe, loving and permanent home. This legislative session, lawmakers are working with Gov. Mike Pence to achieve this goal by making adoption more affordable for Hoosier families.

The Indiana Senate and House of Representatives are currently considering House Bill 1222, which would provide families a tax credit of up to $1,000 per adopted child. This credit is intended to help offset the expenses of adopting a child.

For more information on adoption in Indiana, please visit the Department of Child Services website.

As always, please email me at Senator.Boots@iga.in.gov with any questions.

Public Input on Academic Standards

Recently, the Indiana Department of Education released a draft of new academic standards for Hoosier schools. The public is invited to give their thoughts and suggestions through March 14, to help form the final standards. Visit http://www.doe.in.gov/achievement/standards to give your input.

Phil Boots is a State Senator and an owner of The Paper of Montgomery County. His column appears this week in The Paper's space on Monday reserved for public officials.