ACT for Adoption
ACT for Adoption
ACT for Adoption is a coalition of persons who support adoption, both domestic and international, as an option for providing good homes for children without parents. Through our listserv, we mobilize support for adoption policy reform by communicating with key policy-makers, including in the White House, Congress, government agencies, and non-profit organizations, as well as by educating the media and various stakeholders. If you are on the ACT for Adoption listserv, you will periodically receive an email from us with updates on important developments and occasional suggestions for action. Anyone interested in joining can go to this link to sign on.
ACT for Adoption is jointly sponsored by the Harvard Law School Child Advocacy Program (HLS CAP) and the Center for Adoption Policy. HLS CAP is now responsible for administering ACT.
THE BEST NEWS IN DECADES FOR UNPARENTED CHILDREN WORLDWIDE
Senators Mary Landrieu and Roy Blunt and Representatives Kay Granger and Karen Bass along with an impressive bipartisan list of co-sponsors have introduced legislation to transform U.S. foreign policy into a positive force for enabling children to grow up in the families they need. Called Children in Families First or CHIFF (S.1530 and H.R.3323), the bill embraces international adoption as one of the best options for unparented children, and creates new offices within our foreign policy and assistance agencies whose mandate will be to act affirmatively to help nations throughout the world move children out of institutions and into nurturing permanent families. CHIFF gives international adoption its rightful place in the protection toolkit for unparented children, alongside family preservation, family reunification, and domestic adoption.
CHIFF needs your support! We must expand the group of co-sponsors in both the Senate and the House by letting those who have not yet signed on know that support is widespread. PLEASE NOTE: 20 calls is generally thought to be all it takes to convince a member of Congress that an issue is important.
- Please call or write your senators and representatives in Congress to urge them to sign on as co-sponsors. (For the lists of senators and representatives already co-sponsoring CHIFF, see the CHIFF legislation webpage.)
- See this link for a model letter you can adapt to your purposes.
- See this link for contact information for your representatives.
- Contact Secretary of State Kerry to affirm the importance of this positive step forward for childrens’ rights worldwide. We need Sen. Kerry and his Dept. of State to support not oppose CHIFF.
- Most important right now, we need to get CHIFF moving in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) where the bill currently awaits action. We need to pressure members of the committee who are not already co-sponsors to support CHIFF. In particular, we need Chairman Robert Menendez from New Jersey, and Ranking Member Bob Corker from Tennessee to schedule CHIFF for SFRC markup in early 2014. Here are the members of the committee and their status with respect to CHIFF. Call or write them using a variation of the model letter and other information provided in this email.
- Barbara Boxer (D) CA
- Benjamin L. Cardin (D) MD
- Jeanne Shaheen (D) NH – co-sponsor
- Christopher Coons (D) DE – co-sponsor
- Richard J. Durbin (D) IL
- Tom Udall (D) NM
- Chris Murphy (D) CT
- Tim Kaine (D) VA
- Edward J. Markey (D) MA – co-sponsor
- James E. Risch (R) ID
- Marco Rubio (R) FL
- Ron Johnson (R) WI
- Jeff Flake (R) AZ
- John McCain (R) AZ
- John Barrasso (R) WY
- Rand Paul (R) KY
For details on CHIFF, together with additional suggestions as to how you can provide important support, visit the CHIFF website, “like” CHIFF’s Facebook page, and follow the bill on Twitter. Through the CHIFF website you will find a variety of resources, including draft letters, email messages, and call scripts for reaching out to members of Congress.
Please forward this email and/or the link to the CHIFF website to anyone you think might help in this important cause.