CHILDREN IN FAMILIES FIRST ACT – CHIFF

S. 2475 Re-introduced in the Senate by Senators Landrieu and Blunt
H.R. 4143 introduced in the House by Representatives Granger and Bass


The Problem:

Child in Crib

Every day, all over the world, more children find themselves living without families – on the streets, in orphanages, in refugee camps.  By some estimates, there are 200 million orphans in the world, but because children in orphanages and on the streets are not even counted, we have no idea just how many need our help.  Despite these shocking statistics, the United States government, through our foreign policy and programming, isn’t helping turn this around.  Americans know that a family is the bedrock of a safe and stable society, and that children need the permanent love, care, and protection of a family to grow into healthy, productive adults. Yet, in spite of our commitment to family as the essential element for a healthy society, U.S. foreign policy has no requirement in law or resources to support children growing up in families worldwide — whether it be through family reunification, domestic adoption, kinship care, or intercountry adoption.

Why has this change not already happened?

Children without parents are the most vulnerable children in the world.  They are alone, they are often out of sight, and they are voiceless.  They cannot fight for themselves; they need YOU to be their voice.

Russian FamilyCHIFF calls for the redirection of a modest portion of the $2 billion the United States currently spends on children living abroad toward ensuring that all children grow up in a family. What’s more, it calls for programs funded with US tax dollars to focus on reducing the number of children living without families and increasing the capacity of other governments to better protect their own children.  More specifically, CHIFF -

  • Fills the Gap in Leadership:  CHIFF establishes a bureau in the Department of State that will become the much needed foreign policy and diplomatic hub on international child welfare.  This new Bureau would be tasked with building international capacity to implement effective child welfare systems, with particular focus on family preservation and reunification, and kinship, domestic, and intercountry adoption.
  • Strengthens Intercountry Adoption: CHIFF would streamline, simplify and consolidate responsibility for all processing of intercountry adoption cases by placing these functions under the direction of the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS).  CHIFF also transfers the accreditation of adoption service provider accreditation from the Department of State to USCIS.
    • Focuses US Foreign Investment on Serving Children in and through Families: CHIFF establishes a Center of Excellence within USAID, dedicated to implementation of the 2012 National Action Plan on Children in Adversity, A Framework for International Assistance, and provides necessary authority and oversight of resources to the USAID Senior Coordinator for Children in Adversity to implement a demonstration program in target countries.
    • Increases protection for children and families.  CHIFF brings the need for ethical, transparent and accountable child welfare systems to the forefront.  By ensuring systems are in place to help children remain in their family of birth, be reunited with family or be adopted locally or internationally, CHIFF promotes a holistic and preventative approach to strengthening child protections.  This strategy is critical to decreasing children’s exposure and vulnerability to trafficking, exploitation, violence and neglect.

Sponsors and Co-Sponsors of the Children in Families First Act of 2014

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If you see your elected representatives’ names, please call and thank them.  If you do not see their names, please call them and ask them to join!

Senators
Roy Blunt*
(R-MO)
Mary Landrieu* (D-LA)
Richard Burr (R-NC)
Bob Casey (D-PA)
Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Chris Coons (D-DE)
Angus King (I-ME)
Kirsten Gillbrand (D-NY)
James Inhofe (R-OK)
Mark Kirk (R-IL)
Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Ed Markey (D-MA)
Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
Mark Pryor (D-AR)
Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Brian Schatz (D-HI)
Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
John Thune (R-SD)
Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Roger Wicker (R-MS)

Representatives
Kay Granger* (R-TX)
Karen Bass*
(D-CA)
Michele Bachmann  (R-MN)
Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)
Tim Bishop (D-NY)
Diane Black (R-TN)
Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR)
Bruce Braley (D-IA)
Susan Brooks (R-IN)
Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
Andre Carson, (D-IN)
Steve Cohen (D-TN)
Michael Conaway  (R-TX)
Jim Cooper (D-TN)
Tom Cotton (R-AZ)
Ron DeSantis (R-FL)
Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)
Alan Grayson (D-FL)
Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA)
Randy Forbes (R-VA)
Trent Franks (R-AZ)
Alan Grayson (D-FL)
Gregg Harper (R-MS)
Mike Honda (D-CA)
Bill Huizenga, (R-MI)
Steve Israel (D-NY)
Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX)
Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)
William Keating (D-MA)
Joe Kennedy (D-MA)
Ann McLane Kuster, (D-NH)
Jim Langevin, (D-RI)
John Larson (D-CT)
Michael McCaul (R-TX)
Jim McGovern (D-MA)
Candice Miller (R-MI)
Patrick Murphy (D-FL)
Alan Nunnelee (R-MS)
Pete Olson (R-TX)
Beto O’Rourke (D-TX)
Steven Palazzo (R-MS)
Robert Pittenger (R-NC)
Bill Posey (R-FL)
Cedric Richmond (D-LA)
Todd Rokita (R-IN)
Adam Schiff (D-CA)
Allyson Schwartz (D-PA)
Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI)
Albio Sires (D-NJ)
Mark Takano (D-CA)
Roger Williams (R-TX)
Frederica S. Wilson (D-FL)
Frank Wolf (R-VA)

*Lead Sponsors

Endorsing Organizations

If you would like to be added to the growing list of  supporting organization please send an email to info@childreninfamiliesfirst.org.

 

  • A Helping Hand
  • ABBA Fund
  • Across The World Adoptions
  • Adopted For Good
  • Adoption Ministry of YWAM – Ethiopia
  • Adoptions of Indiana
  • Adoption Associates, Inc
  • Adoption Awareness Week
  • Adoption STAR
  • Alliance for Children
  • All Blessings International, Inc.
  • All God’s Children International
  • American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
  • Americans for African Adoptions, Inc.
  • American World Adoption
  • Baker Victory Services
  • Bal Jagat – Children’s World Inc
  • Barker Foundation
  • Bay Area Adoption Services, Inc.
  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Both Ends Burning
  • Buckner International
  • Carolina Adoption Services
  • Center for Adoption Policy
  • Child Advocacy Program at Harvard Law School
  • Children’s Home Society and Lutherans Social Service of Minnesota
  • Children’s Hope
  • Children’s House International
  • Children’s Law Center of Florida
  • Children’s Law Center of Washington, PS
  • Christian Alliance for Orphans
  • Church World Service
  • Compasio Relief & Development
  • Connect-a-Kid
  • Crossroads Adoption Services
  • Dillon International
  • Dillon Southwest
  • EACH
  • European Adoption Consultants
  • Faithful Central Bible Church
  • Focus on the Family
  • Frank Adoption Center
  • Futuro de los Ninos
  • Generations Adoptions
  • Gladney Center for Adoption
  • Golden Cradle Adoption
  • Great Wall China Adoption/Children of All Nations
  • Families Thru International Adoption
  • For the Children SOS
  • Heartsent Adoptions, Inc.
  • Heart for the Fatherless
  • Home For Good Foundation
  • Hopscotch Adoption
  • International Adoption Net
  • International Child Advocacy Network
  • International Child Foundation, Inc.
  • International Pediatric Health Services
  • Joint Council on International Children’s Services
  • Keilu Yaldo: Jewish Adoption Advocacy & Support
  • Kidsave International
  • Law Offices of Kelly Tillotson Ensslin, PLLC
  • Life Adoption Services, Inc.
  • Lifesong for Orphans
  • LOCO Ministries, Inc.
  • LOVEacadiana
  • Lutherans Social Service of Minnesota
  • Lutheran Social Service of New England
  • Lutheran Social Services of the South, Inc.
  • Michael S. Goldstein, Esq., LCSW
  • Miriam’s Promise
  • Mission to Promote Adoption in Korea (MPAK)
  • MLJ Adoptions
  • National Christian Adoption Fellowship
  • National Council for Adoption
  • Nepal Adoptive Families Association
  • New Beginnings International Children’s and Family Services, Inc
  • OEIDIH Ministries
  • One World Adoption Services
  • Orphan World Relief
  • Patch Our Planet
  • Pearl S. Buck International
  • Project Hopeful
  • RainbowKids Adoption Advocacy
  • Reece’s Rainbow Down Syndrome Adoption Grant Foundation
  • Resources for Adoption
  • Saddleback Church
  • Seeds of Love
  • Shamblin Law (Fairfax, VA)
  • Show Hope
  • Southeastern Adoption Services
  • Southern Baptist Convention
  • Sweet Sleep
  • The Cradle
  • University of Chicago, Center for Global Health
  • University of Minnesota, International Adoption Clinic
  • Village to Village International
  • WACAP (World Association for Children and Parents)
  • Wasatch International Adoption Agency
  • Whittier Law School’s Center for Children’s Rights
  • Wide Horizons for Children

Endorsing Professionals

If you would like to be added to the growing list of  supporting professionals please send an email to info@childreninfamiliesfirst.org.
  • Jane Aronson, MD, Founder, International Pediatric Health Services
  • Izidor Ruckel, Romanian Adoptee, Author, speaker and producer at Ruckel international
  • Kathryn Bradley, Esq. Duke University
  • Deborra-Lee Furness,  Founding member: National Adoption Awareness Week Australia
  • Charles Nelson, PhD. Harvard University
  • Charles Zeanah, MD, Tulane University
  • Professor Robert L. Schulzinger, University of Colorado

The CHIFF Working Group Executive Committee

American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
Both Ends Burning
Center for Adoption Policy
Christian Alliance for Orphans
Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute
EACH
For the Children SOS
Joint Council on International Children’s Services
Keilu Yaldo: Jewish Adoption Advocacy & Support
Kidsave International
National Council For Adoption
RainbowKids Adoption Advocacy
Saddleback Church

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Be the voice for the millions of children who need families!

These children cannot speak for themselves, they need you. Let your Members of Congress know it is time for the US government to make a family for every child a global priority!

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