Collins’ International Adoption Bill Set up for House Vote
WASHINGTON—The House Foreign Affairs Committee today passed H.R. 5626, the Intercountry Adoption Information Act, sending it to the full House of Representatives for a vote. Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) introduced the legislation to empower families seeking to adopt children from other countries at a time when significant barriers to those adoptions have arisen.
“Families and vulnerable children suffer when countries establish policies that are hostile to ongoing international adoptions, and we can do more to help American parents navigate this space. The flood of bipartisan support that the Foreign Affairs Committee gave the Intercountry Adoption Information Act today should encourage loving families who are waiting to be united with their children. I look forward to a full House vote on this compassionate, commonsense bill,” said Collins.
Countries like Russia, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo have erected barriers to adoptions that involve American citizens. As a result, Americans often struggle to find updated information on policies that curb or prevent international adoptions and what is being done to remove those hurdles. Currently, the U.S. State Department must publish an annual, public report on the statistics surrounding intercountry adoptions.
The Intercountry Adoption Information Act would require the State Department to include in its annual report to Congress information on countries that have enacted or continued policies that have halted or reduced adoptions of children from foreign nations by American parents. The legislation would also urge the State Department to include information on its efforts to encourage countries to resume adoption proceedings that have been affected by foreign policies.