As we all know Senator Mary Landrieu has been a tireless champion for the Guatemala900 and no doubt countless families are together because of her bold advocacy that brings families together. Senator Landrieu now needs our help as well, as she is leading the charge to have new legislation entitled “Children in Families First” soon become law.
The Guatemala900 wholeheartedly endorses Senator Landrieu’s push for CHIFF, and we implore everyone to please take action NOW…..a few minutes of our time can and will make a difference!
From Senator Landrieu’s Office :
“The most recent tragedy unfolding now for children and U.S. adoptive parents in the Democratic Republic of Congo is just another in a long sequence of similar tragedies that have affected thousands and thousands of families all across the United States and even more orphaned children who otherwise would have had a chance at a loving family. These tragedies point so clearly as to why we need to take action and pass Children in Families First or CHIFF as soon as possible. Would these things continue to happen if we had an engaged and effective office in the Department of State leading the way diplomatically to keep countries open to the notion that all children need families and helping them to achieve that through all possible means – family strengthening and reunification, and when necessary, family creation through kinship, domestic and international adoption?
There is something important you can do today to help pass CHIFF:
A few days ago, over 100,000 letters flooded into Congress telling every Senator and Representative how important it is to resolve the stuck cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We need that same number of letters to flood in now in support of CHIFF, so that we can start preventing these tragedies in the future!
My office is coordinating a broad-based diplomatic effort from Capitol Hill to help the American families and children who are stuck in the Democratic Republic Congo. We will shortly be sending letters to the Prime Minister of the DRC and President Obama with hundreds of Members of Congress signing. Congress has to lead the way on this work because our State Department today doesn’t do it. They don’t have an office dedicated to children and families that works proactively to solve problems like this. Instead, time after time, Congress has to take over and try to solve the problems.
Once CHIFF passes, and I believe it can – we have 65 co-sponsors in the House and the Senate already, with more signing on every day – the Department of State will finally have an office that will do the real work that these families and children deserve. But for today, those of us here in Congress will fight for our families and their children.”