Helsinki Commission to Highlight Intercountry Adoptions at Upcoming Briefing
WASHINGTON—The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, today announced the following briefing:
WORKING TOGETHER TO REVERSE THE DECLINE IN INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTIONS
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Senate Visitors Center (SVC)
The United States has a long tradition of intercountry adoption, and worked with 19 OSCE participating States and 5 partner States to find forever homes for more than 1,000 children last year. However, overall intercountry adoptions have been on the decline in the United States since 2004, when Americans adopted almost 23,000 children worldwide. In 2016, only 5,370 intercountry adoptions were completed. While this decline may reflect an increase in economic stability and domestic adoptions in some children’s home countries, it may also reflect a need for change in the U.S. adoption processes and international aid priorities.
This briefing will explore reasons for the decline in intercountry adoptions, Congressional intent behind the Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act of 2012, the impact of the initial implementation of the Act by the U.S. Department of State, and legislative and other solutions to ensure that the maximum number of children in need are connected with families in the United States offering permanent homes.
The following panelists will offer brief remarks, followed by questions:
- Suzanne Lawrence, Special Advisor for Children's Issues, U.S. Department of State
- John Carver, Father of six children adopted from the OSCE region
- Ron Stoddart, President of Save Adoptions
- Kathleen Strottman, Former Legislative Director for Senator Mary Landrieu