Klobuchar named co-chair of Congressional Coalition on Adoption

Sen. Amy Klobuchar had been named one of four co-chairs of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, which, she says, pushes for federal policies that support adoptive children and families.

Klobuchar said in a statement:

I have long worked to advocate for these loving families, and through my new leadership role in this bipartisan caucus, I intend to build upon my work to eliminate red tape in the adoption process and help keep adoptive families strong.

Other co-chairs of the group are:

  • Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Missouri)
  • Rep. Trent Franks (R-Arizona)
  • Rep. Karen Bass (D-California)

The coalition says it is “the largest bicameral, bipartisan congressional member organization and works on issues pertaining to children in need of permanency, children in the foster care system, and domestic and international child welfare, as well as to advocate for every child’s right to a safe, stable and loving family.”

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by James Hamilton on 03/26/2015 - 04:18 pm.

    The Senator is a shill for the adoption industry.

    Her principle focus on “eliminating red tape” has been the CHIFF bill, which many see as undermining the principles of the Hague Convention on International Adoption.

    She’s also been a strong supporter of large, fully refundable tax credits for both domestic and international adoptions, credits which have served only to inflate the cost of adoption here and abroad by increasing the market rate for healthy infants. Ironically, the tax credits have served to price low and moderate income families out of the market.

    These credits were first sold to the American public as intended to spur foster adoptions. However, the cost of such adoptions is extremely low and, for the most part, paid for by the government. Foster adoptions also commonly include on-going government payments. In other words, the tax credits aren’t needed for such adoptions.

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