A proposed law calling for the suspension of intercountry adoption between the Ukraine and any country with which it does not have an intercountry adoption bi-lateral agreement was voted out of a Rada committee late last week. The vote to move the bill out of committee permits the bill to be placed on the agenda of the Rada for a vote. Alternatively there exists a mechanism by which the bill could be introduced and voted upon without having been placed on the Rada’s agenda.
Joint Council along with the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute and NCFA, met with the U.S. Department of State on this issue on Tuesday, June 2, 2009. Additionally Joint Council has provided DOS with a copy of the proposed law. It is our understanding that the U.S. Embassy in Kiev is actively engaged and will be issuing a letter to the Rada expressing continued support for the exisiting system of intercountry adoption.
Joint Council is actively opposed to any legislation which would suspend intercountry adoption and thereby eliminate the right to a family for Ukrainian orphans. We remain actively engaged on the proposed bill and will continue to advocate with the U.S. and Ukriainan governments. Additionally, a legislative-body to legislative-body letter may be requested of Members of the U.S. Congress.
Joint Council thanks those Members who have assisted us in this effort. We encourage any Member with information on this situation to forward it to Joint Council.
We will publish our continuing efforts and any developments in the coming days.