DearColleague.us

Letter

From: The Honorable Kay Granger
Sent By: joe.wang@mail.house.gov
Bill: H.R. 3323
Date: 11/19/2013

Current Cosponsors: Bass, Bachmann, Black, Bonamici, Braley, Brooks, Cooper, Diaz-Balart, Doggett, Franks, Israel, Jackson-Lee, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Langevin, Murphy, O’Rouke, Olson, Richmond, Schiff, Schwartz, Sensenbrenner, Sires, Takano, Wilson, and Wolf

Dear Colleague:
Around the world, millions of children are stuck and forgotten, living in institutions or on the streets, struggling to survive. Decades of social science and neuroscience confirms children need families to thrive. At the same time, international adoptions to the U.S. have plummeted for nine straight years by over 62%, from 22,000 to now only about 8,000 each year.
To make sure that U.S. policy and foreign assistance align with the priority of placing children in need with caring families, we have introduced a landmark piece of legislation — HR 3323, the Children in Families First Act of 2013 (“CHIFF”) and the companion bill to S. 1530 by Senators Landrieu and Blunt.
CHIFF prioritizes the value of family-based care in U.S. international adoption and in our foreign assistance, and also streamlines and simplifies the bureaucracy to better support American families that wish to adopt internationally.
CHIFF creates a leadership position in the State Department to prioritize child welfare diplomacy, helping foreign governments strengthen their capacity to identify and protect their vulnerable children, and to continue the Department’s diplomatic role on international adoption.
CHIFF establishes a USAID Center of Excellence to implement the U.S. Action Plan for Children in Adversity and target foreign assistance to ensure strong, ongoing commitment to the priority of family in our U.S. foreign assistance.
CHIFF strengthens protections while also removing unnecessary bureaucratic barriers to international adoption, ensuring high standards for evaluating and training prospective adoptive parents, streamlining and simplifying the adoption process, and eliminating duplicative responsibilities across different federal agencies.
CHIFF enjoys bipartisan support in Congress and is widely supported by child welfare and advocacy organizations from all across our country (please see the list of endorsing organizations at the bottom). Please join us in supporting CHIFF’s important reforms.
To become a cosponsor or receive additional information, please contact Joe Wang (joe.wang@mail.house.gov) with Rep. Kay Granger, Jenny Wood (jenny.wood@mail.house.gov) with Rep. Karen Bass, or Bethany Haley (bethany.haley@mail.house.gov) with Reps. Michelle Bachmann and Trent Franks.
Sincerely,
Kay Granger
Member of Congress

Karen Bass
Member of Congress

Organizations Endorsing CHIFF
· ABBA Fund
· Adoption Ministry of YWAM – Ethiopia
· Adoption STAR
· Adoptions of Indiana
· All God’s Children International
· American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
· Baker Victory Services
· Barker Foundation
· Bethany Christian Services
· Buckner International
· Center for Adoption Policy
· Children’s Home Society
· Children’s Hope
· Children’s House International
· Christian Alliance for Orphans
· Crossroads Adoption Services
· Dillon International
· Dillon Southwest
· Equality for Adopted Children
· European Adoption Consultants
· Focus on the Family
· Futuro de los Ninos
· Gladney Center for Adoption
· Golden Cradle Adoption
· Harvard University Child Advocacy Program
· Hopscotch Adoption
· International Adoption Net
· International Child Advocacy Network
· Joint Council on International Children’s Services
· KidSave
· LOVE Acadiana
· Lutheran Social Services of the South, Inc
· Lutherans Social Service of Minnesota
· Miriam’s Promise
· MLJ Adoptions
· National Council for Adoption
· Patch Our Planet
· Rainbow Kids
· Reece’s Rainbow Down Syndrome Adoption Grant Foundation
· Saddleback Church
· Seeds of Love
· The Cradle
· University of Minnesota, International Adoption Clinic
· World Association for Children and Parents