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Protecting Intercountry Adoption Affordability
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Send an Email

The Countable app allows you to send a video or written message to your elected officials. We've pre-programmed the app with a sample message. We encourage you to customize it with your personal adoption story and, if applicable, the impact accrediting fee increases would have on your family or organization. Keep it short but informative!

Email Script (pre-programmed into the app above!)

Hello,

As your constituent, I am worried about changes to the intercountry adoption fees released by the Department of State's Office of Children's Issues.

A new accrediting entity has been designated for intercountry adoption. Their new fee schedule will increase the cost of adoption significantly. One of the biggest changes is that the fee for monitoring and oversight has increased from $875 annually per organization to $500 per adoption.

National Council For Adoption has reported that accreditation fees will more than double or triple for many adoption agencies. These non-refundable fees will be passed along to families pursuing adoption. These fee hikes will make adoption prohibitively expensive for even more families.

The Office of Children's Issues is responsible for fulfilling the original intent and promise of the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, and they are failing that responsibility. I appreciate the Department of State's goal to make intercountry adoptions more transparent and safe. I hope to see them prioritize ethics without sacrificing the financial viability of intercountry adoption.

Please ask the Small Business Administration to investigate the new accrediting entity's fee schedule and processes. Note that adoption service providers were given just two weeks notice about the changing fees, which are due February 15. Agencies have not even signed contracts with the new entity, nor have they seen them.

Please work with the Foreign Affairs or Relations Committee to hold oversight hearings about the Department of State's substantial fee increases and assess the impact these new policies will have on the future of intercountry adoption.

Thank you.


Call by Phone

Step 1. Visit contactingcongress.org to find your Members' preferred phone number.

Step 2. Ask to speak to the staff who handles international adoption issues.

Step 3. Here's our sample phone script:

Hi, my name is ____________ and I'm a constituent of Senator/Representative ____________.

I'm calling about changes to the intercountry adoption fees released by the Department of State's Office of Children's Issues. The new fees are troubling and I'm asking the Senator/Congress(wo)man to get involved.

A new accrediting entity for intercountry adoption has been designated by the Department of State. Their new fees will increase the cost of adoptions. In particular, one fee has increased from $875 annually per organization to $500 per adoption. National Council For Adoption reported that adoption agencies they work with expect their accrediting fees to double or triple. This fee increase is unreasonably high for the services being provided. These fees will just be passed along to families pursuing adoption, who are already paying tens of thousands of dollars.

I'm asking your office to get involved in two ways...

First, I'd like Senator/Representative ____________ to ask the Small Business Administration to investigate the new accrediting entity's fee schedule and processes.

And second, I'm asking the Senator/Congress(wo)man to work with the Foreign Affairs Committee to hold oversight hearings about the Department of State’s fee increases. Their impact needs to be assessed now.

If you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them, by phone or email. Can I have your email address so that I can send you some follow-up information?

Thank you! I appreciate your time.


Social Media

Visit www.govtrack.us to find your Members' social media usernames. Note: Don't start a tweet with the @ symbol!


Hi @[Member of Congress], will you protect intercountry #adoption affordability? New fees from @StateDept and @ChildrensIssues are unnecessarily high. Please investigate! Learn more at http://www.adoptioncouncil.org/intercountry-advocacy


.@SBAgov, please investigate the new intercountry #adoption accreditation fees from @StateDept and @ChildrensIssues. Announced this month, due this month. These fees have more than doubled! Learn more at http://www.adoptioncouncil.org/intercountry-advocacy


.@HouseForeign please hold an oversight hearing about the new intercountry adoption accreditation fees from @StateDept and @ChildrensIssues. Assess the impact these significant fees will have on the future of #adoption. http://www.adoptioncouncil.org/intercountry-advocacy


.@HFACDemocrats please hold an oversight hearing about the new intercountry adoption accreditation fees from @StateDept and @ChildrensIssues. Assess the impact these significant fees will have on the future of #adoption. http://www.adoptioncouncil.org/intercountry-advocacy


Sample Facebook Posts

Don’t be silent on the issue of children being raised in families! Call your Senators and Representatives TODAY and tell them that your family opposes the new fees being imposed on international adoption agencies and families by the U.S. State Department and their new accrediting entity, IAMEE.

You can read more information on this new entity and the fees: http://www.adoptioncouncil.org/intercountry-advocacy

You can find out who your Senators and Representatives: https://contactingcongress.org/


Join the international adoption community as we fight for the rights of vulnerable children to be raised in families. TODAY we’re calling our Senators and Representatives and telling them that we oppose new fees being imposed on us by the U.S. State Department and their newly created accrediting entity, IAMEE. We’re demanding that our Congressmen and Congresswomen respond to this overreaching of the U.S. State Department. Make your voice heard, too!

You can read more information on this new entity and the fees: http://www.adoptioncouncil.org/intercountry-advocacy

You can find out who your Senators and Representatives: https://contactingcongress.org/


Do you wish international adoption was easier or cheaper? Well, it’s about to get significantly more difficult and significantly more expensive! It’s not too late for you to make your voice heard on this issue. Join the international adoption community and reach out to your Congressmen and Congresswomen; tell them that you oppose new fees being imposed on international adoption agencies and families by the U.S. State Department and their new accrediting entity, IAMEE.

You can read more information on this new entity and the fees: http://www.adoptioncouncil.org/intercountry-advocacy

You can find out your Senators and Representatives: https://contactingcongress.org/


Special thanks to MLJ Adoptions for providing sample Facebook posts.