Collins’ International Adoption Bill passes House

The House of Representatives today passed H.R. 5626, the Intercountry Adoption Information Act. Georgia’s 9th District Congressman Doug Collins introduced the bill, which directs the State Department to provide American families with information to help them navigate adoption processes in different countries.

After the vote Congressman Collins had these comments,

Adopting children from abroad is an act of love that is too often complicated by a lack of reliable information about the international adoption landscape… Each day, families in northeast Georgia and beyond remain separated from their adoptive children as a result of shifting international policies and information gaps, so I hope the strong bipartisan support we saw in the House today encourages the Senate to pass this bill swiftly.

Currently, the U.S. State Department must publish an annual, public report on the statistics surrounding intercountry adoptions. The Intercountry Adoption Information Act would require the department to include in its annual report to Congress information on countries that have enacted or continued policies that have halted or reduced adoptions of children from foreign nations by American parents.

The legislation would also urge the State Department to include information on its efforts to encourage countries to resume adoption proceedings that have been affected by foreign policies and to document any actions undertaken by the department that prevented, prohibited or halted any adoptions of children born abroad to the United States.

Full Press Release available here

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Georgia House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) issued the following statement regarding the passage of HR 5626, the Intercountry Adoption Information Act, in the U.S. House of Representatives. This bill was sponsored by Congressman Doug Collins who represents Georgia’s ninth congressional district (which includes Speaker Ralston’s state house district). “Congressman Collins deserves our thanks for introducing the ‘Intercountry Adoption Information Act’ (H.R. 5626) which passed the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday. Reforming our adoption process and making it easier for families to welcome children into their homes and hearts is critical work. We made great strides on that issue in… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

There’s a perverse irony in Collins sponsoring this bill while supporting the Trump Administration’s policy of separating children from their parents.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Hey. Wait a minute. Foreign adoptions were so important to Trump and his family that it was decided to interrupt the campaign to have senior campaign staff sit in on meeting with the Russians before Trump was even nominated! Indeed, the meeting was so important that it resulted in a change in the GOP platform as concerns Russia.

Don Jr. explained it all with heartfelt guidance from the old man hisself. Talk about a soft spot for foreigner chillin’ from Trump’s most admired country. MAGA..