Last week, Senators Amy Klobuchar and Roy Blunt introduced a bipartisan bill titled the Vulnerable Children and Families Act. If passed, the act would potentially increase the U.S. presence in international adoptions in the hopes of finding more homes for children abroad.
Those in favor of the bill state that it will strengthen the role of the United States in adoption, make it easier for families to adopt, and provide homes for the world’s most vulnerable children.
Opponents of the bill say that putting an emphasis on international adoption could potentially lead to more unethical behaviors in certain sending countries. They add that child welfare initiatives that keep biological families together would be more effective and better for children.
Blunt and Klobuchar, who are co-chairs of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, are hopeful about the bill’s success.
“This bipartisan legislation will strengthen our relationships with nations across the world, while also making a difference in the lives of many families,” Klobuchar said.
The legislation has been supported by multiple adoption entities, including the National Council for Adoption and the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys.