Klobuchar bill aims to ease international adoptions

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In late January, Sen. Amy Klobuchar joined a bipartisan group of senators including Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu to make the case for legislation that would ease international adoptions in the wake of the Haiti earthquake.

Today, Klobuchar and Landrieu introduced a bill that aims to do just that, by eliminating a fee for international adoptions completed in the United States. The $470 fee covers the adopted child’s U.S. citizenship certificate, but isn’t assessed if the adoption is completed abroad.

“International adoptions should be as straightforward and affordable as possible for American families,” Klobuchar said in a statement. “The certificate of U.S. citizenship is an essential part an adopted child’s life in this country. This bill will not only help reduce the bureaucratic obstacles in the adoption process but it will also eliminate the high fee inconsistently imposed on adopting families.”

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