Category: Ethiopian Adoption Story
Created on Tuesday, 01 November 2011 13:27
It is only the first day of National Adoption Month and it seems those families that have adopted internationally are being forgotten. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Senator Landrieu (D – LA) are the lead authors of House and Senate Resolution supporting “the goals of National Adoption Day and National Adoption Month”. Both resolutions, nearly exactly completely leave out any reference to children and families who have been adopted internationally.
We called Congresswoman Bachman’s Office and had a civil but unpleasant conversation why “international adoption” is not mentioned once in her resolution. We were informed that the sponsor of the resolution created the “adoption month” celebration and want to focus on “domestic” adoption only. We say BS.
We have legislative experience and know that the “sponsor” of any legislation does not have the right to control the resolution. The sponsor is not a sitting Member of Congress and it is not the “sponsors” name on the resolution. A simple sentence recognizing children who were adopted internationally and their adoptive families would do nothing to take away from domestic adoption efforts. We believe that deny recognition of international adoption in the official vote of record by the U.S. House and U.S. Senate sends a message that there is something not acceptable about adopting internationally.
We are working with Members of Congress to offer amendments to both resolutions to recognize our families during this celebration. You can read the text of House Resolution 433 and Senate Resolution 302 by clicking on the links. Please watch for future updates to see how you can help in this fight to include our families in the National Adoption Day and Month celebration.