Senator Roy Blunt (MO), along with 8 co-sponsors, introduced a bill on July 14, 2016, S. 3279: Vulnerable Children and Families Act of 2016 . The bill calls to "realign structures and reallocate resources in the Federal Government in keeping with the core belief that families are the best protection for children and the bedrock of any society to bolster United States diplomacy targeted at ensuring that every child can grow up in a permanent, safe, nurturing, and loving family, and to ensure that inter country adoption to the United States becomes a viable and fully developed option for providing families for children in need, and for other purposes."
Pray with us that this bill would continue to move forward, and that governments would work to create solutions for making adoptions safe for children and families, yet quicker, easier and less costly.
Good News! You still have time to register for one of the Chosen races and help Team America World win the Chosen contest for additional funds for orphan care initiatives.
All runners must have submitted their registrations before Sunday, August 16 at 11:59 pm central to be counted towards the total. This is also the deadline for Salt Late City runners to run and receive a free Chosen race t-shirt.
Can't make it to either race location? Not a problem! Register as a virtual runner.
Why run with America World? Click the link below to find out about the great community and benefits TEAM AMERICA WORLD offers!
Here's an update on the work done by the Storyteller team currently in Ethiopia!
"It's amazing to be back in this country! We've started most of our mornings since being here with devotions centered around hope and I definitely feel like that is what God has been revealing to our team as each day has unfolded here. Our first stop today was at a large orphanage for girls ages 8-18.
Last year at this time we were able to deliver 350 new mattresses to this same orphanage. Since being able to initially visit this orphanage over a year ago, the storyteller teams have been a part of helping to build 6 new latrines, two shower buildings, and a covered shed for drying clothes. What a blessing that God has allowed our teams to come alongside these girls and help them with some very basic needs. I was definitely filled with hope as we toured the orphanage today especially considering the complete lack of these items previously.
We had a lot of quality time today with the girls making paper airplanes, playing soccer and frisbee, drawing pictures, and braiding hair!
After eating our packed lunch at a city park, we moved on to our second orphanage. It was a smaller orphanage but filled with some amazing kids and nannies. This orphanage was doing a really great job with their special needs kids especially considering the limited resources. All the kids were a family and the special needs kids were included and not just shut off in a room. It was filled with hope. We were able to have a really good conversation with the director and it helped shed some light on how some of this convoluted process works. Unfortunately, the drastic decrease in adoptions that are being allowed has resulted in the shutting down of partner orphanages in Addis and throughout the country. This has also affected the sponsorship programs that were facilitated through those orphanages. It is a struggle for these orphanages to be sustainable when most of their funding comes from adoption fees. However, they had great programs in place for reunification, foster care, and reintegration for when these children turn 18 and are turned out of the orphanage. I was hopeful as I listened to this director passionately discuss his love for the kids here and creatively working to provide programs and plan for ways to continue to care for them.
Our day ended with dinner and birthday dessert for our lovely team member, Mariah! She turned 21 today and I know she enjoyed spending her special day loving on some really special kids! The pizza I had was phenomenal and I had baclava for the first time ever!
Please join us in prayer for the rest of their time there, for strength and health, and for Christ's love to touch the hear to those the team is serving.
This film is showing in theaters nationwide beginning tonight, but only for three nights. It is the real-life story of Pastor Jong-rak Lee, a South Korean pastor, who set up a 'drop box' to rescue babies that would otherwise be abandoned.
Director Brian Ivie's life was forever changed during the making of this film as he surrendered his life to Jesus Christ for the first time.
CBN's Terry Meeuwsen interviewed Ivie today on "The 700 Club". You can watch the interview below. Be sure to get your tickets and watch this film at a theater near you today, tomorrow and Thursday only! For theater times and locations go to The Drop Box official website.
The State of Alabama will celebrate international adoption tomorrow, Thursday, January 29, 2015. Alabama's Secretary of State John Merrill, and Governor Robert Bentley want to recognize families who completed an international adoption in 2014.
Secretary Merrill stated, “These children can benefit greatly in Alabama, with the type of parents who have already gone through so much effort to bring them home.”
What a great move by the State of Alabama to celebrate adoption!
How can you and your family prepare to become parents and relatives to a child of a different race? How do you talk about race and adoption as your child grows? How do you talk about racism and your child's safety in a world that will see and make presumptions based on his or her skin color? If you adopted internationally, how do you balance and integrate birth culture exploration with discussion about your child’s everyday life as a hyphenated American? Beth Hall, co-author of Inside Transracial Adoption and founder of Pact, An Adoption Alliance, leads a discussion about parenting a child adopted transracially. Join us to ask your questions!
America World has information seminars scheduled in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Tennessee where you can learn more about the adoption process, the home study, programs/countries, and financial resources. We'll even help answer difficult questions about adoption in our video, "Adopted By Design".
In addition to our seminars, our India staff will be presenting another webinar on our growing India program. There are also many other events happening in several states with more being added frequently. All of the details are listed on our Events page, including registration. Check it out!
All week, adoption agencies and orphan advocacy organizations have been showing our support for the Children in Families First bill. It is making a difference - over 3,000 people have signed the petition, and another Senator on the Foreign Relations Committee has signed on as a co-sponsor.
Our voices are being heard, but there is still a need to advocate so that this bill gets out of the committee by August.
Will you take a few minutes to learn about CHIFF and show support, impacting thousands of orphans who are depending on government systems to help them find forever families?
In the last 24 hours, over 1,500 people have signed the petition supporting CHIFF. Let's keep that momentum going! America World is joining other adoption agencies and orphan advocate organizations in showing our support for this bill, which would create an office under our State Department that would support international goverments in their child welfare systems.
Want to know more? Check out this video that visually explains this bill.
We know that the difficulty of international adoption has had a direct impact on everyone who has completed an adoption or is still in the process. To our readers that haven't experienced adoption, you probably know a family that has, or you're aware of the challenges associated with this process. We all know that the safest place for a child is with a family, and that every child deserves a family. This is a basic human right!
This isn't the first time we've blogged about the bill in Congress called Children in Families First act, which establishes an office in the Department of State to implement effective child welfare systems. But, today we ask in unity with with other adoption agencies, non-profits, advocate groups, and individuals who are standing together this week behind the message that CHIFF is essential for the future of our children.
If this bill does not get out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by August, there is a great chance this bill will die, as will the hope of future generations of children to receive the life-changing love of a family.
Please spread this word to your family, friends, neighbors and associates. Blanket social media, sign petitions, call lawmakers and encourage others to join the cause. The links below contain an action plan and materials, created by our friends at All God's Children International, that can be easily shared with others to explain CHIFF and why it is so important to see it get passed.
Let our voices be heard through the halls of the capitol building, that the devastating effects of neglect, institutionalism and abandonment must be stopped for all children worldwide. These vulnerable children cannot speak up for CHIFF, but together we can be their voice.