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Alert: Special Advisor for International Children's Issues Appointed

On July 1, 2010, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the appointment of Ambassador Susan S. Jacobs as the Special Advisor to the Office of Children's Issues. This new foreign policy position will address intercountry adoption and international parental child abduction. In her new role, Special Advisor Jacobs will actively engage with foreign government officials to protect the welfare and interests of children. Ambassador Jacobs plans to go to Guatemala in the coming months and will meet and advocate on behalf of all adopting parents whose cases were properly registered and are pending.

Special Advisor Jacobs has recently served as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs. She is a former Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu and her Foreign Service career has included tours in Caracas, Tel Aviv, New Delhi, Bucharest, and San Salvador.