Collins Intercountry Adoption Act Passes Senate, Headed to President’s Desk
WASHINGTON, DC — Last evening, the Senate passed Rep. Doug Collins’ (R-Ga) Intercountry Adoption Information Act, sending it to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law. Collins introduced the bill (H.R. 1952) back in March 2019 to remove obstacles for American families pursuing overseas adoption. The Intercountry Adoption Information Act passed the House unanimously in May 2019.
"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. "As international restrictions have tightened in light of COVID-19, it is especially critical now more than ever that we remove any additional obstacles for families pursuing adoption overseas. 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. I want to thank Senator Burr for shepherding this bill through the Senate, and I’m encouraged it is finally headed to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law."
Collins first introduced the Intercountry Adoption Information Act in 2018 to help parents like Pam and Mark Romano, a family in Northeast Georgia. The Romanos were in the process of adopting two brothers from Russia when the country suddenly halted all adoptions to the United States in 2012.
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.