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Event: Interactive Discussion Invitation: What Do Adult Adoptees Want to Hear from the Department of State on Intercountry Adoption?
Date: November 30, 2021
Time: 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. EST
RSVP: Adoption@state.gov (NLT November 28, 2021) - Response should include your name, email address, and if willing to share, the country from which you were adopted. Participation details will be sent by email on November 29, in the afternoon, to those who RSVP'd.
The Office of Children's Issues, U.S. Department of State, invites interested adult U.S. intercountry adoptees to an interactive discussion with Marisa Light, Chief of the Adoption Oversight Division, on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. EST.
Adult adoptee voices and perspectives are valued and critical to our everyday work on intercountry adoption. We recognize the expertise that comes from lived experience and want to hear from you. Last year during our November town hall with adoptees, we asked participants to tell us what they wanted us to know about their experience with adoption. We heard your stories and perspectives and valued the opportunity to learn from you. Given the tremendous turn out and desire to give everyone a chance to share who wanted to, we actively listened but weren’t able to engage in conversation about these experiences. This year, we want to provide you with the opportunity to ask questions and have more of a dialogue about the issues that are important to you.
As the U.S. Central Authority for the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation on Intercountry Adoption, the Department implements safeguards to protect children and families and maintain the viability of intercountry adoption for children in need of permanency. We uphold the principles of the Convention - that children "should grow up in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding;" that priority should be given "to enable the child to remain in the care of his or her family of origin;" that intercountry adoption should be considered only when "a suitable family cannot be found in [the child's] State of origin;" and that measures should be taken "to ensure that intercountry adoptions are made in the best interests of the child and with respect for his or her fundamental rights, and to prevent the abduction, the sale of, or traffic in children." These principles inform our work and are reflected in our regulation and oversight of accredited adoption service providers. We’re happy to talk more about what this means in practical terms on a day to day basis, how we collaborate with other governments and other U.S. government agencies, current trends in intercountry adoption, and anything else you may be wondering about.
We appreciate wide dissemination of this invitation to internationally adopted persons who may be interested in participating and learning more about what we do. This meeting will take place virtually and will not be recorded.
Office of Children's Issues
Adoption Oversight Division
U.S. Department of State