Senator Burr Introduces Bill to Improve Intercountry Adoption Information Reporting

Source: burr.senate.gov

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.

Adoptee Citizenship Act

Across the sea as an adoptee

Source: notwhatyouthought.com

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

Source: https://yallpolitics.com

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

Source: https://www.adoptioncouncil.org/

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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Surprise! Gift of Adoption is Offering Grants up to $15k to Qualified Families. Don’t Miss Out!

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Hello there Hopscotch Families!

For our families that live is some of the specific states listed below and can demonstrate a financial need, we have some great news from our friends from GIFT OF ADOPTION, a 501c3 adoption grant making organization.

Grants will be awarded in amounts up to $15,000 to complete the adoptions of vulnerable children. Grants are awarded without regard to race, religion, age, marital status, or sexual orientation.

This valuable, life-saving, funding opportunity is currently restricted to families completing adoptions in the following geographic areas:

  • Child born in Nebraska (can be adopted by a family anywhere)
  • Adoptive Families residing in St. Louis Metro Area (MO or IL)
  • Adoptive Families residing in the Pittsburgh Metro Area
  • Adoptive Families residing in Rock County, WI
  • Adoptive Families residing in Colorado
  • Adoptive Families residing in New Hampshire, Vermont or Maine

If you believe your family qualifies and your home study has been completed, we would encourage you to complete the Gift of Adoption’s application here- https://giftofadoption.org/apply-for-a-grant/.

There is no application deadline and grants are awarded monthly. Families are invited to apply anytime after completing their home study and before finalization.

Gift of Adoption awards grants to families in all 50 states. Any U.S. citizen who has an approved home study from a Licensed and Accredited adoption agency, is eligible to apply for a grant. *Financial need must be demonstrated.

While not solely limited to these categories, Gift of Adoption has identified the following as its greatest priorities:

For International Adoption, the priority is to award grants that:

  • Unite or preserve biological siblings.
  • Prevent a child from ‘aging-out’ of the orphanage or foster care system or becoming institutionalized and ineligible for adoption.
  • Facilitate the placement of a child with a life-threatening medical condition who will not receive proper care until adopted.

For Domestic Adoption, the priority is to award grants that:

  • Help keep children from unnecessarily entering the foster care system.
  • Unite biological siblings or prevent them from being separated.

If you have any questions about their grant program, please feel free to reach out to Brian Murphy at Gift of Adoption Fund. He can be reached at (847) 205-2784 ext. 503and via email at bmurphy@giftofadoption.org.  Hopscotch hopes all of our qualified families in need will follow through with an application To this wonderfully generous organization!

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Traveling to Adopt During Covid-19

We were ready. We had completed all of the paperwork and it was time bring home our daughter-to-be, Sofija! The countdown was on and we were leaving to adopt her in seven days!

Then came the news that President Trump closed the borders to travelers from Europe. Fearing the worst we immediately began communicating with our agency, Hopscotch Adoptions. Serbia was still open and the decision was ours. Travel or wait and see? We had a quick meeting with our family and the decision was unanimous – pick up Sofija now! But then on March 15, our plans came to a screeching halt when Serbia’s President Aleksander Vucic declared a state of emergency, and nearly every flight in the world was canceled due to Covid-19. We were in limbo as we watched the news and prayed.

Nearly two months later in mid-May, we opened our emails to amazing news! We had been invited to come to Serbia and begin the final stages of our adoption process in-country on June 1… if we were willing to follow certain requirements. Booking flights turned out to be more challenging than we expected, so much so that this mama emailed the White House about 15 times begging for a ride. Finally we got some help from Adoption Airfare who found us a route to Belgrade!

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Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR) In Honor of Father’s Day

Thanks Viviane Martini for this great opportunity!

The Sizemore Family just made a donation in honor of all fathers of children with special needs, that are able to remain present and support their family, as best they can and to those who choose to be the father to children with special needs when their first fathers could not.

Happy Father’s Day!

9th Annual Gather for the Gift – Adoption Grants – Gift of Adoption Fund

Join us for an online auction extended through June 19, 7 PM (CST)

To continue to do our part during these times, we have made the decision to hold our 9th Annual Gather for the Gift event via a virtual giving model. The Online auction is extended through June 19, 7 PM (CST).

Win some amazing items while helping children be adopted in loving families! Please share this auction with anyone who may be interested in the available items or in supporting Gift of Adoption.

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