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Posted by Ashley Eure

Children In Families First, a bipartisan bill that would prioritize family as a key element of U.S. foreign policy and help streamline international adoptions, has been gaining momentum in Washington. As of last week, with the addition of Representative Michael Conaway (R-TX), CHIFF has 50 co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle in the House and the Senate.

There is still a long battle ahead for this important piece of legislation – visit the CHIFF page to learn how you can get involved (http://bit.ly/17jO0OL) and like their Facebook page to keep up with all the updates (https://www.facebook.com/childreninfamiliesfirst).

 

You can learn more in this recent Associate Press article about CHIFF:

Spurring foreign adoptions is goal of bipartisan bill in Congress

By David Crary

Amid partisan conflict in Congress, dozens of lawmakers from both parties — including staunch liberals and conservatives — have united behind a bill that supporters say addresses a heart-rending issue beyond politics: the millions of foreign children languishing in orphanages or otherwise at risk because they have no immediate family.

The bill would encourage more adoptions of foreign orphans, which have declined steadily in recent years, and reflects impatience with current policies overseen by the State Department.

"Every child needs and deserves to grow up in a family," says the bill's chief advocate, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. "While our foreign policy has done much to keep children alive and healthy, it has not prioritized this basic human right."

Titled the Children in Families First Act, the measure has been introduced in slightly different forms in both the Senate and House. Its co-sponsors range from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a hero of the Democratic left, to Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., a favorite of tea party conservatives.

…read the rest of the article here.



Comments
Posted by Nancy Cannon 3/7/2014 9:56:00 AM
This bill HAS to pass. We are called to take care of the orphans and we will do it. The State Department needs to put the emphasis on advocacy not regulation. Please support this bill
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