Trump Signs Langevin Bill to Improve Intercountry Adoption Information

Nov 2, 2020 Issues: Children and Families, Foster Youth

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), co-chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth and a member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, today announced that President Donald J. Trump has signed into law H.R. 1952, the Intercountry Adoption Information Act. The bill ensures prospective adoptive parents have access to the information they need when attempting to adopt a child from another country. Langevin introduced the bill with Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) in the House, while the Senate version was led by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Ben Cardin (D-MD).

“The Intercountry Adoption Information Act will ensure families ready to welcome children into their homes and hearts have the proper information to successfully navigate the international adoption process,” said Langevin. “There are millions of children here and abroad who are yearning to join their forever families and we can help by closing the information gap that many families face when adopting from another country. Providing prospective parents with clear and updated information on policies and processes related to intercountry adoptions will help fulfill the dreams of children in need.”

Langevin and Collins introduced the Intercountry Adoption Information Act on March 28, 2019. The legislation unanimously passed the House of Representatives on May 20, 2019, and the Senate on September 30, 2020.

"It is critical that all U.S. government efforts and policies that impact permanency and adoption are transparent, accessible and publicly available,” said Adoption RI Chief Executive Officer Darlene Allen. “Making the decision to bring a child into your home through foster care, public adoption or inter -country adoption, is life changing. That decision must include all relevant, up-to-date and factual information as possible."

The Intercountry Adoption Information Act requires the Department of State include in an 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 will 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.