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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Families For Orphans Act!!! Please help!

Below is a forward from the NCFA:

Dear Friend of Adoption:

NCFA is pleased to announce that the introduction of the Families for Orphans Act (H.R. 3070*) and the Foreign Adopted Children Equality Act (S. 1359 and H.R. 3110), both of which are a result of NCFA’s collaborative involvement in the Families for Orphans Coalition.** Both proposed acts represent a potential victory for millions of vulnerable children from around the world who need a permanent family and for child welfare advocates who proactively work globally to address the permanency needs of children.

Introduced by Senator Mary Landrieu and Representatives John Boozman (R-Arkansas) and Diane Watson (D-Ca), the Families for Orphans Act would establish the Office of Orphan Policy, Diplomacy and Development within the Department of State which would have the responsibility for developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy advocating for the preservation of families and other permanency options such as intercountry adoption for orphans.

Spearheaded by Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and James Inhofe (R-OK) and Representatives Diane Watson (D-CA) and John Boozman (R-AR), the Foreign Adopted Children Equality Act simplifies the acquisition of citizenship for internationally adopted children and removes these children of American citizens from the immigration process.

More information about the Families for Orphans Act and the Foreign Adopted Children Equality Act can be found at www.adoptioncouncil.org.

How can you advocate for these children?

We are asking all you to become actively engaged with your U.S. Congressional Representative and Senators by urging them to support the Families For Orphans Act and the Foreign Adopted Children Equality Act. Your visit, telephone call, letter or e-mail can make a difference in the life of a child who is desperately in need of a permanent, loving family.

1. Come to DC on Wednesday, July 15th and participate in meetings on Capitol Hill to educate Members of Congress on the importance of both legislative proposals. This event is being organized by fellow coalition member Kidsave. For more information, please visit http://www.kidsave.org/pdf/Kidsave10thAnniversary.pdf.

2. In coordination with the Joint Council on International Children’s Services, we are suggesting a 72-hour sustained telephone effort by asking you to call Congress on July 21, 22, or 23 and urge your three Members of Congress (two in the Senate and one in the House of Representatives) to become a Co-sponsor of the Families For Orphans Act and the Foreign Adopted Children Equality Act. Ask to speak with the Legislative Director or Chief of Staff and tell them that as a constituent you are requesting their boss’ support by becoming a Co-sponsor. You can direct the staffer to contact Senators Mary Landrieu (and Representatives Diane Watson and John Boozman for information on becoming a Co-sponsor (and to Senator James Inhofe for support of the Foreign Adopted Children Equality Act). For contact information on your representative please visit www.house.gov and for information on your senators please visit www.senate.gov.

3. Get the word out. Send this email to friends and family. Post it to your Facebook, My Space, and Twitter accounts, your blog, and personal Web site.

On behalf of the vulnerable children worldwide, we thank you for your time and your efforts. We can make a positive difference as we work together on behalf of children.


Chuck Johnson
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Not only would this support and streamline the adoptive process, but it also would make obtaining American citizenship for our adopted children much simpler. It is a confusing process and needs to be simplified for the sake of families and children. Please consider supporting this!
Christy and crew - who will be on the phone with our legislators!

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