Langevin and Collins Applaud House Passage of International Adoption Bill

May 20, 2019 Issues: Children and Families

WASHINGTONCongressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Doug Collins (R-GA) applauded House passage of H.R. 1952, their Intercountry Adoption Information Act, which is intended to ensure prospective adoptive parents have the information they need when attempting to adopt from another country. The bill passed 397-0.

“Whether adopting at home or abroad, every family should have the information they need to navigate the process successfully,” said Langevin. “The Intercountry Adoption Information Act provides access to critical information so families who plan to adopt from foreign countries are aware of any obstacles they may face. I am thrilled this important bill has passed the House, and I thank Congressman Collins for his leadership on this issue.”

“Loving families in Northeast Georgia and across the United States are eager to provide children with the care and support they deserve, yet they remain separated from their adoptive children due to shifting international policies and information gaps,” said Collins. “The Intercountry Adoption Information Act will help bring families together by ensuring parents pursuing overseas adoption have access to the information needed to navigate the international adoption landscape. With strong bipartisan support in both chambers, I am hopeful this bill will move swiftly through the Senate and onto the President’s desk to be signed into law.”

The Intercountry Adoption Information Act requires the Department of State include in its annual report information on countries that have carried out a new policy or law that has reduced or prevented adoptions involving immigration to the United States. Further, the Department of State would be required to include information on efforts to encourage the resumption of stalled or halted adoption proceedings within these countries. These requirements will ensure families have access to consistent, up-to-date information about the adoption policies of foreign countries and how they affect adoption proceedings. Langevin and Collins introduced the bill in March.

Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) has also introduced companion legislation in the Senate.