BAAS INTERNATIONAL – SINCE 1984
We find and support loving, able families for orphaned or abandoned children and improve the educational opportunities and health of impoverished children worldwide.
VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES ACT OF 2016
13 million children across the globe have lost both parents and as many as eight million children are living in institutional care, according to estimates of The United Nations Children’s Fund. Despite the clear need for more permanent homes for these children, the number of international adoptions in the U.S. has decreased by 72 percent since 2004.
A new bill has recently been introduced to the Committee on Foreign Relations by U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), co-chairs of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, that would help more children find homes through international adoption and child welfare efforts.
The bipartisan Vulnerable Children and Families Act would help more children living without families or in institutional care find permanent homes by enhancing U.S. diplomatic efforts around international child welfare and ensuring that foreign adoption in the U.S. becomes a more viable and fully-developed option.
The Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption has failed to live up to its potential. Millions of children are in need of a family globally, and this legislation–if passed– can serve the desperate needs of this population of children. As concerned individuals, we need to promote legislation that will pave the way for adoption to be a viable alternative in place of institutionalized care.
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Please contact Senators Blunt and Klobuchar immediately to let them know you want more information or to let them know you will co-sponsor this invaluable bill that will change the lives of children and families all over this world.
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Senator Dianne Feinstein
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BAY AREA ADOPTION SERVICES – SUCCESS STORY
After marrying in 2011 and taking a trip around the world, we considered adoption as a means to build our family. We saw the need first hand in places like East Africa; greatly affected, we believed international adoption might make sense for us. We attended BAAS Saturday adoption class to learn more. We began the long paperwork process, still unsure if we really wanted to do this. Janet Shirley, BAAS Oversees Program Coordinator, spoke with us about their new pilot program in Uganda. She forewarned us it wouldn’t be an easy road. Maybe the stars were aligning but we looked at each other and said, let’s do it!