It has been a little while since I have posted about the pending ICARE legislation so Iím putting it back up again.
This legislation creates a new national Office of Intercountry Adoption, headed by an Ambassador At Large who would be appointed by the President and report to the Secretary of State. This office and Ambassador would have extreme control over U.S. policy regarding intercountry adoption.
The bill(s) also grant citizenship rights to children adopted abroad that are equal to those of biological children of U.S. citizens that are born abroad. And no, our kids still couldnít become President (that requires a change to the Constitution).
ICARE stands to dramatically change the intercountry adoption landscape and EVERYONE with an interest in intercountry adoption owes it to themselves to learn more about it.
With the objective, non-opinionated stuff said, I want to state that personally, this bill scares the living you-know-what out of me. IMHO, ICARE leaves too many questions unanswered that could lead to detrimental policies. It opens the door to politicizing intercountry adoption at a time when partisanship is at an all-time high. Its implementation schedule is not realistic and would most likely wreak havoc on the families and children in-process if it came to fruition.
While the changes in citizenship rules are impressive, they do not require a new piece of legislation (I was told this by a US Representative). So while these are being heralded by some as ďan adoptive parents dreamĒ, they are not reason enough to support this bill.
But donít take my word for it, read up on it for yourselves. Focus on Adoptionô has an excellent page on its site that gives commentary on ICARE as well as links to the actual bills (they donít take long to read and the House and Senate versions are exactly the same) as well as the members of Congress who have it on their desks. You can find this info at http://www.focusonadoption.com/educate1.shtml.
So learn about the bill, formulate your own opinion, and contact your Senators and Representative to let them know what you think. Whatever your opinion may be, this is an extremely important piece of legislation. The voice of the adoption community needs to be heard and represented.