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Klobuchar, Young Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Letter Urging Ethiopia to Reconsider Its Decision to Suspend International Adoptions

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Date: May 31, 2017
Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), the Senate co-chair of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, and Todd Young (R-IN) led a bipartisan, bicameral letter urging Ethiopia to reconsider its decision to suspend international adoption. The Ethiopian government's decision to suspend international adoptions on April 21, 2017, has left more than 200 U.S. families, and as many Ethiopian children, in a difficult and heartbreaking position. In a letter to Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Klobuchar, Young, and a bipartisan group of 45 senators and 73 representatives ask the Ethiopian government to help children with cases already underway on April 21 to join their adoptive parents by allowing their adoption cases to continue moving forward.

"We write to express concern regarding your recent decision to suspend all intercountry adoptions from Ethiopia. We would like to work with you to ensure that orphans in Ethiopia have the opportunity to find safe, loving, and permanent homes. The United States' relationship with the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia is founded upon economic growth, development, regional peace, and security," the members of Congress wrote. "In this spirit of cooperation, we request that you reconsider your April 21 decision to immediately halt all adoption processing, including cases in which the adoption was completed in the Federal First Instance Court. Your government's decision to suspend international adoptions on April 21, 2017, has left more than 200 U.S. families, and as many Ethiopian children, in a difficult and heartbreaking position."

The members of Congress continued, "We ask you and your government to work with us and the U.S. Department of State to resolve this situation without delay. We look forward to working with the Ethiopian Government to unite American families with the children they have legally adopted."


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