Langevin and Collins Introduce Legislation to Reduce Barriers to International Adoption
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Doug Collins (R-GA) today introduced H.R. 1952, the Intercountry Adoption Information Act, to remove obstacles for American families pursuing overseas adoption.
“Whether adopting at home or abroad, families looking to provide loving homes to children in need should have access to the information required to navigate the process successfully,” said Langevin. “I am proud to join Rep. Collins in introducing the Intercountry Adoption Information Act so families who choose to pursue overseas adoptions are aware of how changing international adoption laws might affect them.”
“Millions of children at home and abroad are in need of a loving home, and families all across the globe are eager to provide them with the care and support they deserve,” said Collins. “The Intercountry Adoption Information Act will help bring families together by ensuring parents pursuing overseas adoption have access to the information required to navigate the international adoption landscape, and ultimately, to bring their children home.”
The Intercountry Adoption Information Act requires the Secretary of State include in its annual report information on countries that have carried out a new policy or law that has reduced or prevented adoptions involving immigration to the United States. Further, the Department of State would be required to include information on efforts to encourage the resumption of stalled or halted adoption proceedings within these countries. These requirements will ensure families have access to consistent, up-to-date information about the adoption policies of foreign countries and how they affect adoption proceedings.
Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) has also introduced companion legislation in the Senate.