Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A Call to Action~

This info is taken from an email I received from EACH.

EACH is pleased to announce the introduction of the Foreign Adopted Children Equality Act (S.1359 and H.R. 3110) and the Families for Orphans Act (S.1458 and H.R. 3070), both of which are a result of EACH's collaborative involvement in the Families for Orphans Coalition.**

Both proposed acts represent a potential victory for millions of vulnerable children from around the world who need a permanent family and a major step forward in providing internationally adopted children the same citizenship rights as foreign born biological children of American citizens.

More information about the FACE Act and the FFO Act can be found at: http://www.equalityforadoptedchildren.org/legislation/legislation.html

How can you advocate for these children and passage of these bills?
We are asking all of you to become actively engaged with your U.S. Congressional Representative and Senators by urging them to support the Foreign Adopted Children Equality Act and the Families for Orphans Act. Your telephone call, letter or e-mail can make a difference in the life of a child who is desperately in need of a permanent, loving family and help improve the acquisition of citizenship rights for internationally adopted children.

1. Sign the online petitions in support of these two bills. These petitions will be delivered to Congress.
The FACE Act: http://gopetition.com/petitions/face-act-of-2009.html
The FFO Act: http://gopetition.com/petitions/families-for-orphans.html

2. Call your Senators and Representatives! In coordination with the National Council for Adoption and Joint Council on International Children's Services, we are suggesting a 72-hour sustained telephone effort by asking you to call Congress on July 28, 29, or 30 and urge your three Members of Congress (two in the Senate and one in the House of Representatives) to become a Co-sponsor of the Foreign Adopted Children Equality Act and the Families For Orphans Act. Ask to speak with the Legislative Director or Chief of Staff and tell them that as a constituent you are requesting their boss' support by becoming a co-sponsor of these bills. Provide them with both the names of the two bills and their corresponding bill numbers (the FACE Act is S.1359 in the Senate and H.R. 3110 in the House and the FFO Act is S. 1458 and H.R. 3070 in the House.) You can direct the staffer to contact the offices of Senators Landrieu and Inhofe or Representatives Watson and Boozman for information on becoming a co-sponsor.

For contact information on your Representative please visit http://www.house.gov/ and for information on your Senators please visit http://www.senate.gov/.

3. In addition to contacting your own members of Congress, please contact members who sit on the four Congressional committees who will be the first to vote on these bills. The FACE Act will be considered by the House and Senate Judiciary Committee and also by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. The FFO Act will be considered by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Following is contact information for these committees

In the House:
House Committee on Foreign Affairs:Phone: 202-225-5021 (Democrats) or 202-226-8467 (Republicans)Email: http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/contact.aspMembers on the Committee who need to know of your support for these bills:http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/members.asp
House Judiciary Committee:Phone: 202-225-3951 (Democrats) or 202-225-6906 (Republicans)Members on the Committee who need to know of your support for the FACE Act:http://judiciary.house.gov/about/members.html

In the Senate:
Senate Judiciary Committee:Phone: 202-224-7703 (Democrats) or 202-224-5225 (Republicans)Members on the Committee who need to know of your support for the FACE Act:http://judiciary.senate.gov/about/members.cfm
Senate Foreign Relations Committee:Phone: 202-224-4651 (Democrats) or 202-224-6707 (Republicans)Members on the Committee who need to know of your support for the FFO Act: http://www.foreign.senate.gov/about.html
4. Get the word out. Send this email to friends and family. Post it to your Facebook, My Space, and Twitter accounts, your blog, and personal Web site.

** The Families for Orphans Coalition
Buckner International
Institute for Orphan Advocacy
Institute for Human Services
Joint Council on International Children's Services
Kidsave National Council For Adoption
Worldwide Orphan Foundation
Weaving Families


LisaShaw said...

Hey precious! Can I post this link to your blog on my facebook?

Love ya. Hope all is well.

Anonymous said...

Hello Andrea,

My name is Matt St. Pierre and I serve with the Christian Alliance for Orphans, which is a coalition of more than fifty respected Christian ministries committed to adoption, foster care, and global orphan care. We've really appreciated some of you blog posts on this front, and wanted to ask if you'd be willing to be a part of an effort we're now organizing.

If you are interested and want more information, please contact me at matt@christianalliancefororphans.org.