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Blunt, Klobuchar, Colleagues Urge State Department to Prioritize Resumption of Intercountry Adoptions

In a bipartisan letter, Blunt and Klobuchar led 48 colleagues in calling on U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to engage in efforts to resume intercountry adoptions with China, which have been indefinitely paused due to the coronavirus pandemic

May 14, 2021

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), co-chairs of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, led a bipartisan letter urging U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to prioritize efforts to engage with the Chinese government to establish guidelines that allow American families to travel to China and unite with their adopted children.

“Several hundred American families have been approved and matched with children in China, but the pandemic has indefinitely halted many of these adoptions,” the senators said. “In the interim, many children have been left without the love and protection of a family, and many families are still wondering when they will be able to bring their adopted children home...We share the belief that uniting children with their adoptive families is a worthy and achievable goal and encourage your efforts to resolve this issue and renew the partnership in adoption between the United States and China.”

Full text of the letter can be found here.

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