International adoption campaigner Deborra-Lee Furness says she is “one happy camper” after the Australian government announced plans to cut red tape around overseas adoptions.
The Aussie actress, 58, has two adopted children with actor Hugh Jackman, 45, and is a fierce campaigner for the streamlining of international adoptions.
“I’m so thrilled that this government is honouring their commitment,” Deborra-Lee said on Today this morning.
“Everyone realises this is a no brainer. We have children who need families, families that desperately want to parent kids. It’s a no brainer.”
Well said, Deborra-Lee. It IS a no-brainer, and it is high time that the United States embraced a leadership role in ensuring children grow up in permanent families, just as Australia has done. Help us accomplish that by passing the Children In Families First Act (CHIFF).
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CHIFF’s latest endorsement comes from Keilu Yaldo: Jewish Adoption Advocacy & Support.
This latest endorsement shows how diverse support for CHIFF is. CHIFF’s endorsements come from religious and non-religious organizations, lawyers, social workers, government experts, adoption advocates and family preservation/reunification advocates, adoptees and adoptive families.
“We are an organization committed to building a concerned Jewish community to support adoption, enrich and encourage all Jewish adoptive families, and advocate for positive policy changes to help the dream of family become a reality for unparented children all over the world,” stated Keilu Yaldo Founder Amy Hecht.
“Jewish law holds the community responsible for the support of orphans. We are collectively responsible to find solutions for parentless children in the world, and it is clear that being raised in a family is the best, and really only way, to responsibly ensure that children grow and become productive members of society. CHIFF is an important step toward ensuring that children are raised in the permanent, loving families that they deserve,” said Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz.
Keilu Yaldo appreciates, in particular, that CHIFF is not “just” an adoption bill. It is a holistic approach to international child welfare that includes family preservation and reunification, as well as adoption when those first two options cannot be achieved. CHIFF takes our well-established domestic policy that children need loving, permanent families to develop properly, and expands that to international child welfare policy.
Keilu Yaldo joins many other organizations who have united to free children from hopelessness. Visit the Keilu Yaldo: Jewish Adoption & Advocacy website.
If you are not yet a CHIFF supporter, get informed about the facts. Explore the CHIFF website or click here for voluminous, in-depth analysis of the bill.
This is a guest post by Kim de Blecourt.
Our adoption journey was anything but typical. Our story is the subject of an award-winning book. There’s talk of a possible movie. Like I said, not typical.
However, it’s been what’s happened since our return home, the story that began after the book ended, which has our family supporting the Children in Families First Act (CHIFF), so strongly.
Here is a great blog post by Kelly Ensslin that explains and shows exactly how the State Department traps orphans because of its obsession with bureaucratic power struggles.
In today’s conference call between US Adoption Service Providers and the Department of State (DOS) it was announced that DOS will approve Hague adoptions from Haiti.
Joint Council, an international coalition of over 150 child-welfare organizations, issued a press release shortly after the call applauding Haiti’s efforts to implement the Convention in a way that brings added protection to children and families while maintaining an active and uninterrupted adoption service for children in need.
When the Bureau of Consular Affairs notifies you that you can check your child’s visa status online (WOW! 20th Century has arrived at the State Department!), don’t get too excited. This is what actually happens when you input your application data:
“An unexpected error has occurred while processing your previous request. The error has been reported to the site administrator; no further action is required.”
But don’t worry, there’s no rush or need to know what is going on. It’s not like your child is a vulnerable orphan fighting for survival from day to day. Oh wait…
This is a guest post by the Romano family of Georgia, U.S.A.
In December of 2010, a four year-old orphaned boy from a special needs institution in Russia boarded a plane bound for the United States. He was small for his age, having one leg shorter than the other, and in need of some corrective surgeries, but the director of his orphanage deemed him a good candidate for travel.
He spent five full weeks in a loving home filled with new experiences–most importantly of those new experiences was an outpouring of love and affection. The time ended too quickly and many tears were shed at the airport when his hosting period came to an end. Our family ached for the immense confusion and grief he was experiencing- yet another loss for one so young. Feeling led to adopt him, we went through the laborious process of gathering the seemingly hundreds of legal documents; we completed numerous background checks and we put in hours upon hours of required training. Continue reading
Sixteen American families adopting from Kyrgyzstan have written to Secretary Kerry of the Department of State, pleading for the State Department to allow them to bring their children home after 6 years in limbo. Now that Kyrgyzstan has reopened adoptions, the families ask Secretary Kerry to engage with Kyrgystan at the highest levels to ensure:
- cases are treated as in-process, as opposed to beginning anew,
- families are permitted to complete their adoptions from the point at which they were abruptly halted in 2012,
- dossiers submitted in 2012 are accepted by the courts without updates, with the exception of a current home study for each family,
- families are permitted to complete their adoptions with a local attorney, rather than waiting an indefinite period of time for American adoption agencies to gain accreditation and charge a third round of unnecessary fees, and
- the adoptions are completed swiftly.
The letter concludes by urging the State Department to support the Children In Families First Act (CHIFF):
“We believe that six years ago, if the Department of State had had an office that proactively advocated on behalf of children, viewed adoption as child welfare instead of immigration and actively helped countries like Kyrgyzstan develop their rule of law and adoption systems, we and our children might not be in this situation today. Please lead your agency in the new direction that is laid out in CHIFF so that no more children have to endure six years of needless abuse and neglect as our precious children have.”
You can read the full text of the letter HERE.
34 Harvard Law School faculty members and 24 faculty from Boston College Law School have signed a letter urging the U.S. Congress to support the core principles in the pending legislation known as CHIFF (Children in Families First), S. 1530 and H.R. 3323.
Those core principles include: recognition of a child’s fundamental human right to a nurturing permanent family; commitment by the U.S. government to vindicate that right; and recognition that children’s interests are generally best served by early placement in permanent nurturing families.