In honor of National Adoption Day we all can help. On November 3, 2010, the Ukrainian parliament voted to move forward with voting on legislation that will put a moratorium on ALL international adoptions. The bill has already passed once. Now it must be voted on one more time before it becomes LAW. I have heard the second vote will take place sometime this month.
What does this mean, no more adoptions in that country! Below is a sample letter that can be copied and pasted to your congressmen and senators. Please send a letter today!
I am writing to you today regarding a VERY urgent situation. Many families in the US are currently in the process of adopting children from orphanages in Ukraine. Most of these children are older or disabled. American families adopting these children offer them what may be their only opportunity at a normal and productive life free of crime, prostitution, or institutionalization due to illnesses that are treatable in the United States. I personally know one of these families.
On November 3, 2010, the Ukrainian parliament voted to proceed with voting on legislation that would halt all international adoptions until inter-country adoption agreements are in place (see the State Dept. announcement at http://adoption.state.gov/news/ukraine.html) . At this point, all that is needed for this to become law is one more vote in Ukrainian parliament and a signature by the Ukrainian president. This could happen any day. If it does, many families and innocent children will be greatly affected. I personally know one of these families.
I am writing to you to urge you to act quickly on this matter by 1. Contacting your Ukrainian cohorts and requesting a consideration of revision of the law to allow adoptions to proceed while the agreement is being drafted (as was done in Russia) and 2. Work with your colleagues in congress to begin drafting this agreement so that it is ready to go in the event the law passes.
Thank you for your timely consideration of this urgent matter!