Friday, May 2, 2008

What can I do? - U.S. Families

Adoptive parents, including the parents who already have their children at home, have contacted me asking what they can do about the concerns they have regarding the treatment birth parents are receiving during the “birth parent interview” and other issues pertaining to the current adoption visa process at the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince.

In a previous post, I encouraged adoptive parents to join EACH,

but there are other things that you can do as well, like writing letters to express your concerns.

What I found is that for some representatives (i.e. if you are also writing to the members of the Congressional Committee on Adoptions) only allow email from people who live in their represented area. In that case, FAX a letter to their office.

According to research, it takes eleven emails received on an issue to equal one actual letter. However, because the mail gets screened thoroughly it can delay the mail by two weeks.

You can write to your U.S. Congressional Representative:

The website gives you the name and physical mailing address for your Congressional Representative.

Address your letter in the following manner:

The Honorable (Name)
(Streeet Address)
Washington, D.C. (Zip Code)

You can write to your state’s U.S. Senators:

Address your letter in the following manner:
The Honorable (Name)
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

You can write to the 211 Members of Congress and Senators who are members of the Congressional Committee on Adoptions Institute and write to these members about your concerns.

You can also make telephone calls to express your concern, on the above websites, the telephone numbers of the representatives and senators are listed.


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Anonymous said...

Yes! thank you for giving us hope. We will write letters of concern. Birth moms need to be treated better at the interviews. Our child's birthmother came out of the interview traumatized by what she had been told and how she had been treated. That's a disgrace that our government treats people this way! Our child is home but we will not forget what happened at the consulate and the way the birth mom and our orphanage director were treated.