Klobuchar and Blunt are the Co-Chairs of the Congressional Adoption Caucus
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Adoption Caucus, announced that their resolution marking November as National Adoption Month and November 23rd as National Adoption Day passed the Senate with unanimous support. As co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Coalition on Adoption (CCA), Klobuchar and Blunt work to engage Members of Congress on issues pertaining to children in need of permanent homes, children in the foster care system, and domestic and international child welfare.
“National Adoption Month is an opportunity to bring attention to and support adoptive families who open their hearts and homes to deserving children,” Klobuchar said. “As Senate co-chairs of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, Senator Blunt and I continue to work with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to help make the adoption process better for children and families across our country. It’s important to increase awareness about children in need of loving homes and to honor the hard work of these nurturing adoptive families.”
“With more than 400,000 children in the U.S. foster care system, it’s vital that we keep working to improve the adoption process and better support adoptive families,” Blunt said. “I’m proud that Senator Klobuchar and I were once again able to have the Senate’s full support for this resolution marking National Adoption Month and Day. As an adoptive parent, I encourage families across America to consider opening their home to a child in need.”
The full text of the resolution is available here.
This is the fifth consecutive year that Klobuchar and Blunt have led legislation to recognize November as National Adoption Month and to mark National Adoption Day.
As Co-Chairs of the Congressional Adoption Caucus, Klobuchar and Blunt have been leaders in the fight to give every child a permanent home.
On November 1, they encouraged Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary of Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Lynn Johnson and Department of State (DOS) Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Carl Risch to raise awareness for National Adoption Month.
In May 2019, they introduced the Supporting Adoptive Families Act to support adoptive families and to help provide pre- and post- adoption support services, including mental health treatment, to help adoptive families stay strong.
In February 2019, they introduced legislation to improve the intercountry adoption process. The bipartisan Intercountry Adoption Advisory Committee Act provides the Secretary of State the authority to establish an Intercountry Adoption Advisory Committee within the Bureau of Consular Affairs to focus on coordinating the development, refinement, and implementation of policy and programs on intercountry adoption. Last year, they sent a letter urging the Bureau of Consular Affairs at the U.S. Department of State (DOS) to ensure that the dialogue between the DOS, Congress, and the Adoption Service Providers (ASPs) continues and that members and experts in the adoption community are consulted in efforts to develop and implement policies that advance intercountry adoption.