The International Adoption Simplification Act (S1376) passed the Senate last week and is awaiting introduction and passage in the House of Representatives. The legislation provides two very important technical fixes to the intercountry adoption process that are a result of the implementation of the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, namely allowing adoptive parents the option of obtaining immunizations for their children after they enter the U.S. (which is standard procedure in non-Hague adoptions) and also allowing adoptive siblings over the age of 16 to be adopted. It is this latter provision that is impacting so many children who have been prevented from joining their adoptive families and siblings because of their age.
Please contact Representative John Conyers, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and respectfully ask him to spearhead introduction and passage of the International Adoption Simplification Act. Contact information and a sample letter follow:
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The Honorable John Conyers
United States House Judiciary Committee
2138 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Chairman Conyers:
I am writing you to express my support of Senator Klobuchar's International Adoption Simplification Act - legislation (S 1376) that was recently passed by the Senate and ask that similar legislation to be quickly passed by the House of Representatives. The legislation is needed to fix two unattended technical issues that resulted from the U.S implementing the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption in 2008.
The technical issues addressed in this legislation include:
- Allow adoptive parents the option to obtain their children’s immunizations after they enter the U.S., which is already standard international practice for children adopted from non-Hague compliant countries and a recommended procedure by most international adoption pediatricians.
- Restore the sibling age exemptions for children adopted by United States citizens in order that families remain together by allowing Americans to adopt siblings, even if one is over age 16.
The adoption community and many hundreds of adoptive parents have been working with Senator Klobuchar for more than two years to bring about this important fix to the intercountry adoption process. Your timely response is in the best interest of children and your efforts will be greatly appreciated.