Friday, February 21, 2014

Children in Families First: Forever

Pearl S Buck firmly believed that every child deserves to grow up in a loving family. Our Welcome House adoption program has echoed this sentiment for 65 years as it advocated for parentless children and brought them to loving families.
Pearl S. Buck International’s advocacy efforts were reinforced this week by Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick (PA-8) who co-sponsored the bipartisan Children in Families First Act (CHIFF)[H.R. 3323/S. 1530]. The legislation aims to realign structures and reallocate resources within the federal government to make children in families a priority.
“This bill offers an effective solution for an adoption system that is crippled and allows children to languish in orphanages while couples here in the United States desperately want to adopt,” said Janet Mintzer, President and CEO Pearl S. Buck International sitting alongside Congressman Fitzpatrick at a press conference in the Cultural Center on site at the historic landmark Pearl S. Buck House.
CHIFF would create a leadership position in the State Department to prioritize child welfare diplomacy and international adoptions, as well as remove duplicative regulations that slow the adoption process. This landmark, bipartisan legislation has over 45 co-sponsors in both the House and Senate, and has been recommended to the House Committees on the Judiciary and Foreign Affairs.

Adoptive families and couples who want to adopt are encouraged to visit to see if their legislator has co-sponsored the bill. If your legislator is not listed reach out to urge them to co-sponsor the bill.
“As a member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, I’ve committed myself to working toward sustainable, pro-family adoption policies that encourage – not discourage – the process of giving a home to every child,” Fitzpatrick said. “The Children in Families First Act has a simple goal: Realign U.S. adoption policy with the fundamental human truth that every child deserves to grow up with a loving family.”
Since 1949, Pearl S. Buck International’s Welcome House adoption program has been finding families for parentless children. Currently, the program facilitates adoptions in Costa Rica, Colombia, China and Korea. Our full continuum of adoption services includes pre-adoption information meetings, webinars, and home studies, through post-adoption counseling, respite and other resources.


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