Summary of Helsinki Commission Hearing
On Wednesday, September 14th, the Helsinki Commission held a hearing on Romania’s ban on intercountry adoption. Rep. Chris Smith (NJ) presided over the hearing as chairman. Representatives Benjamin Cardin (MD), Joseph Pitts (PA) and Senator Richard Burr (NC), all members of the Commission, were in attendance. Rep. Anne Northup (KY) was also present as well as Rep. Jeb Bradley (NH), both of whom have waiting parents as constituents and are involved in the cause.
The hearing included testimony from a number of experts, the Department of State and the Helsinki Commission all whom advocated for intercountry adoption. The Commission expressed disappointed that no representatives from the European Union attended (3 invitations were offered and all declined). The Commission implied that this may be the first of several hearings and that this issue will be debated further.
We will post information on the next steps of the Commission as soon as it becomes available.
Click here to read more about the hearing and to access the unofficial transcript of the proceedings.