Originally posted July 31, 2008 on our old Vox blog.
This was posted on JCICS’s website yesterday. It probably wouldn’t hurt to still email your senators and house representatives today.
The Congressional Coalition on Adoption has invited the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to conduct a briefing of Congressional staff on issues related to intercountry adoption in Vietnam, Guatemala along with issues related to intercountry adoption in general. The briefing is scheduled for this Friday, August 1, 2008 in the U.S. Capitol Building, LBJ Room at 10:00 a.m.
Given the pending suspension of intercountry adoption and related services in Vietnam and the continuing issues of concern in Guatemala, Joint Council urges participation by all Congressional staffers. It is critically important that staffers participate in the U.S. Government’s role in international children’s services, specifically intercountry adoption. Given the impact of current issues on children and families, Joint Council urges 100% participation by Congressional staffers in this very important briefing.
In order to gain the largest possible participation, please contact your Congressional Representatives and Senators’ offices and urge staffers to participate in the briefing.
Contact information for U.S. Senator’s offices can be found at www.senate.gov.
Contact information for U.S. Representatives offices can be found at www.house.gov.
If you choose to contact your representatives, please do so today by email or phone call, and request that they send staff to Friday’s briefing.
This briefing follows the briefing conducted for Congressional Staff last Friday, July 25th by child advocates and experts including Joint Council. These briefings and continuing participation by congressional offices in the ongoing issues related to international children’s services is critically important to the continuation of intercountry adoption as a viable solution for children in need.