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Breaking News! On Thursday, February 16th the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and CCAI will host a roundtable on intercountry adoption. The voices of adoptees and first parents will not be at the table or solicited.

Update: The initial post said February 14th.  The roundtable will be help on February 16th.

It has come to the attention of Land of Gazillion Adoptees that the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), along with the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will be hosting a roundtable discussion on intercountry adoption on Thursday, February 16th at 5:00 pm.  In attendance will be individuals from a variety of organizations, such as JCICS, UNICEF, The Hague, PEAR, Ethica, and Holt International.  Two surveys, the results of which will be used at the roundtable, are currently being circulated.  One is for adoptive parentsThe other is for adoption agencies.

Dear reader, please take note whom CCAI and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee HAVE NOT invited to the table.  On top of that, where are the surveys for adoptees and first parents?  Aren’t adoptees and first parents stakeholders in the process?

Want to voice your opinion?  Please contact Kathleen Strottman (kathleen@ccainstitute.org) of CCAI and let her know how disappointed you are.

4 Comments on Breaking News! On Thursday, February 16th the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and CCAI will host a roundtable on intercountry adoption. The voices of adoptees and first parents will not be at the table or solicited.

  1. Just wanted you to know that the survey is not as “official” as it looks.The industry derived these surveys and the agencies are demanding that their clients fill it out in an effort to gather information (sob stories) to overshadow their actions in Ethiopia and to speed along China special focus adoptions by making the US embassies out to have mean anti-children agendas. For more information on why that survey is being given , see my post http://reformtalk.blogspot.com/2012/02/christian-alliance-for-orphans-bills.html

    • Thanks for sharing this great info, Rally! Yes, I had heard some of this. It’s pretty amazing what the CCAI will say. I got an interesting email from the org today, acting all innocent. SMH…

  2. So when will the roundtable be held by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and CCAI that features only internationally adopted persons? or maybe a panel with birth/first parents? a roundtable that solicits and encourages their views on the process and the outcomes of international adoption?

    I don’t see it listed on their web sites.

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