CDC Expands COVID-19 Testing to All Air Travelers Entering The US Effective January 26, 2021

We wanted to bring the following notice to your attention as it impacts families traveling for purposes of international adoption.

Please especially note the following:

“Before departure to the United States, a required test, combined with the CDC recommendations to get tested again 3-5 days after arrival and stay home for 7 days post-travel, will help slow the spread of COVID-19 within US communities from travel-related infections. Pre-departure testing with results known and acted upon before travel begins will help identify infected travelers before they board airplanes.

Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board. If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.”

The requirement goes into effect on January 26th.

Free Webinar for Prospective Adoptive Parents

Adoption Finance 101: Tips, Tools, and Strategies for Prospective Adoptive Parents

Monday, November 16th at 5pm ET/4pm CT

Feeling overwhelmed by the financial costs of adoption? Wondering where to start with grants, loans, and budgeting? Trying to figure out how the Adoption Tax Credit works? We are here to help!

In recognition of National Adoption Month, NCFA and Your Adoption Finance Coach are pleased to offer this FREE webinar for prospective adoptive parents.

Get the practical resources and up to date information you need to prepare for and navigate the complexities of financing an adoption.

Space is limited to the first 100 registrants, but if we hit capacity there will be an option to sign up for the wait list and receive a link to the recording.

Click HERE to register!

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Click here to download the “Discipline” PDF.

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Senator Burr Introduces Bill to Improve Intercountry Adoption Information Reporting


Senator Burr Introduces Bill to Improve Intercountry Adoption Information ReportingWASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Richard Burr reintroduced the Intercountry Adoption Information Act, which would provide updated, quality information to Americans trying to adopt children from other countries.  This bipartisan legislation is co-sponsored by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH).

“Far too often, American families trying to adopt a child abroad face difficulties navigating the intercountry adoption process,” said Senator Burr.  “That is why I am proud to reintroduce this bill, which will bring to light the detrimental barriers that thwart adoptions and require the State Department to share the ways they are working to remove these barriers.  I hope the Senate will quickly pass this commonsense legislation so we can better equip families with the tools needed to welcome a child into their home.”

“Adoption should be a meaningful and profound process for families who wish to provide a safe and loving home for children,” said Senator Cardin.  “Unfortunately, lack of access to information on foreign adoptions has added unnecessary barriers and frustration.  I am proud to cosponsor this bipartisan legislation to make it easier for Americans to navigate this process and obtain all the information they need to make a real difference in a child’s life.”

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Today is the Day! Stand up for adoptee citizenship!

Adoptee Citizenship Act

Tell Congress to close the loophole and pass the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2019 before it expires!

Through no fault of their own, some people who were adopted internationally by U.S. citizen parents still lack U.S. citizenship today. As a result, these individuals have had to endure numerous problems including difficulty attending college, accessing banking services, or starting their careers. Without their rightful citizenship, they are unable to vote or access critical government supports and services such as the unemployment benefits that helped so many families during this time of financial crisis.

Today, advocates from across the country are uniting to close the loophole and secure permanent citizenship for adoptees by urging Congress to pass the Adoptee Citizenship Act before it expires.

Ready to stand up for adoptee citizenship? Start by visiting our ACA advocacy center. The website is packed full of helpful information and resources, including…

  • Quick details on the citizenship loophole and the proposed solution
  • Sample messages for emailing and calling Congress
  • Shareable graphics for social media
  • Factsheets you can share with your Congressional offices, friends, and family
  • Advocacy tips to increase your impact—especially if your members of Congress are on the committees reviewing these bills

Don’t wait! We need to show Congress widespread, nationwide support to ensure this legislation passes this year so that adoptees can have access to the benefits of citizenship they rightfully deserve.

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Across the sea as an adoptee


By Heather Graham

Charlotte Mehmke

Photo: Charlotte Mehmke

Charlotte Mehmke answered the phone call from China. Finally, after two years of paperwork, she was allowed to meet her daughter for the first time.

Her daughter is Ayse, 20, and the pair have recently gone viral on TikTok talking about all things adoption.

America adopts the most children from China than any other country in the world. When Charlotte was filling out the adoption application, she left all her options open. It was the adoption agency who decided a girl from China would fit her best as she would be a single mum.

Ayse is now studying at university and the pair are closer than ever, which is why they want to debunk some myths about adoption.

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Senator Wicker Decries “Clear and Consistent Bias” Against Intercountry Adoptions at U.S. State Department


By YallPolitics Staff

Miss. Senator Calls for Hearing on Precipitous Decline in Intercountry Adoptions Approved by U.S. State Department

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., this week took to the Senate floor to discuss the troubling decline in intercountry adoption in the United States and the long-running obstruction by officials at the U.S. State Department against the practice.

“I am here to say to my colleagues today that intercountry adoption is in real trouble, and much of the reason that intercountry adoption is in trouble is coming from our own Federal policies, from unelected bureaucrats, particularly at our own Department of State,” Wicker said.

Wicker pointed to recent figures that show a precipitous drop in the rate of intercountry adoptions in the United States. From 2004 to 2019, adoptions fell 87 percent, from 23,000 to below 3,000 in 15 years.

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Proactive Engagement: The Adoptive Parent’s Responsibility When Parenting A Child Of A Different Race

Parents who adopt outside of their race have a critical responsibility to their child’s racial identity. Adoption Advocate No. 146 provides prospective and current transracial adoptive parents with a starting point for understanding core principles of this responsibility, exploring race and racism, and utilizing age-specific guidance and resources to better understand, affirm, and honor their child’s racial identity.

Read Adoption Advocate No. 146 online or download the printable pdf.


Blocked Care: How to Help Discouraged Adoptive Parents Regain Compassion


By Melissa Corkum and Lisa Qualls

Tricia loved being a mom. When she and Sam married after college graduation, they had dreamed of having a large family. By their tenth anniversary, they had two daughters, ages six and eight, and a four-year-old son. When they learned about the need for foster parents in their community, they decided to become licensed to foster, and thought they might one day adopt. After their first few foster placements, their social worker approached them about two little boys in the foster care system who were available for adoption. Tricia and Sam were thrilled to be selected as the permanent placement.

They finally had the large family they’d always dreamed of.

They knew the boys had experienced adversity in their short lives. Fortunately, they had read all of the recommended books and attended a couple of highly recommended weekend training events for adoptive and foster parents. Tricia even joined a couple of Facebooks groups for foster and adoptive moms.

When the boys first arrived in their home, it seemed everything was going pretty well, with the exception of sleep. One of her sons hardly slept at all which meant Tricia was perpetually exhausted. But as the weeks went on things began to get worse. Her son was getting very upset over seemingly small things. His crying turned into meltdowns unlike anything she’d seen before. He became aggressive towards his siblings. Tricia felt like she had entered a war zone.

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