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A recent study found abuse in one in three foster homes, a rate consistent with other independent studies, and a much higher rate than reflected in official statistics.

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U.S. Congress on Adoption

U.S. Congress on Adoption

Congress turns deaf ear to parents and families in favor of chasing federal adoption funding.

I went to the mailbox and saw a letter from the U.S. Senate. The thoughts that ran through my mind made me anxious to open it. Maybe I had gotten to someone who would listen and help us or maybe it would be just another calous response indifferent to our plight.

I walked in and opened it before showing it to my wife. She has been through so many dissapointments and I didn't want to get her excited until I read it first. She was in the other room talking long distance to her mother as they do daily now given our situation. I started to read yet another dissapointing letter.

Dear Fred Dinwiddie,

Thank you for contacting me regarding S. 3038, the Improved Adoptions Incentives and Relative Guardianship Act of 2008, introduced by Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) on May 20, 2008. I appreciate your thoughful inquiry.

If passed and signed into law, this legislation would amend the Foster Care and Adoption Assistance Title of the Social Security Act to:

  1. Extend the adoption incentive programs through the fiscal year 2012.
  2. Increase the incentive payment to a state for exceeding the highest ever foster care adoption rate.
  3. Increase incentive payments for special needs adoptions and older child adoptions.
  4. Give states the option to provide for relative guardianship assistance payments for children.

The bill has been referred to the Senate Finance Commitee for initial consideration. While I am not a member of the Senate Finance Commitee, please be assured that should this legislation come before the full Senate, I will certainly keep your views in mind.

In related matters, I am a proud cosponsor of S.561, the Adoption Tax Relief Act of 2007 introduced by Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY). If passed and signed into law, S.561 would repeal the sunset provision of the Economic Growth and Tax Reconciliation Act with respect to the expansion of the adoption credit and adoption assistance programs. This bill has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee and futher action is pending.

I am a strong advocate of adoption and have previously cosponsored legislation to provide tax incentives to encourage adoption. I have worked and will continue to support economic policies that help families bear the financial responsibilities inherent to raising children. In addition, I am a member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. This Coalition is in an alliance of over 100 members of congress who are committed to improving adoption policies and services.

~John Warner

Editor Note: Ever wonder why no one at the U.S. Senate or U. S. House is listening to parents pleading for assistance? The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Caucus membership is composed of 213 Senators and Representatives, representing 47 of the 50 states.

What does this letter tell me? It tells me that this guy does not care about my views. It tells me he is going to keep being an advocate for the stealing and trafficking of children. It tells me that he is proud of it! It tells me that there are alot of other snakes under rocks in Congress!

The key word is incentives. Everything in the letter is self serving for the state of Virginia and other states. Where are the incentives to keep children in their homes with their natural parents? Why hasn't a Senator introduced such a bill? I was once again disheartened by what I was reading and left to wonder when we as a collective group of Americans would rise up and demand our children back along with our inherent rights that we were born to have in a free democracy.

Contact your U.S. Senator

Contact your U.S. House Representative

Write or call (Toll Free 1-888-686-8191) your representative and tell them children need and have a right to be raised by their own parents. Adoption incentive are not working, they are harming children and families. If they don't work to put an end to this practice you will vote and campaign to put someone else in their seat who will protect and defend the rights of parents and children to be a family.

Urge your Senator to vote NO on S. 3038
The Adoption Incentive Program.

Related Links

Congressional Coalition on Adoption Caucus Membership

213 Members of Congress include:

102 Democrats, 110 Republicans, 1 Independent

59 Senators: 27 Democrats, 31 Republicans, 1 Independent

154 Representatives: 75 Democrats, 79 Republicans

Represented by 47 States and the District of Columbia

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R)
Rep. Robert Aderholt (R)
Rep. Bud Cramer, Jr. (D)

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R)
Sen. Ted Stevens (R)

Sen. John McCain (R)
Rep. Raul Grijalva (D)
Rep. Rick Renzi (R)

Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D)
Rep. John Boozman (R)
Rep. Vic Snyder (D)

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D)
Rep. Xavier Becerra (D)
Rep. Ken Calvert (R)
Rep. John Campbell (R)
Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D)
Rep. David Dreier (R)
Rep. Anna Eshoo (D)
Rep. Bob Filner (D)
Rep. Elton Gallegly (R)
Rep. Michael Honda (D)
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R)
Rep. Barbara Lee (D)
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D)
Rep. Doris Matsui (D)
Rep. Gary Miller (R)
Rep. George Radanovich (R)
Rep. Linda Sanchez (D)
Rep. Adam Schiff (D)
Rep. Brad Sherman (D)
Rep. Diane Watson (D)
Rep. Henry Waxman (D)
Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D)

Sen. Ken Salazar (D)
Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R)
Rep. Thomas Tancredo (R)

Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I)

District of Columbia
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D)

Sen. Mel Martinez (R)
Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R)
Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R)
Rep. Tom Feeney (R)
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R)
Rep. Cliff Stearns (R)
Rep. Dave Weldon (R)
Rep. Robert Wexler (D)
Rep. Bill Young (R)

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R)
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R)
Rep. Phil Gingrey (R)
Rep. David Scott (D)

Sen. Daniel Akaka (D)
Sen. Daniel Inouye (D)

Sen. Larry Craig (R)
Rep. William Sali (R)

Sen. Richard Durbin (D)
Sen. Barack Obama (D)
Rep. Melissa Bean (D)
Rep. Judy Biggert (R)
Rep. Jerry Costello (D)
Rep. Danny Davis (D)
Rep. Bill Foster (D)
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D)
Rep. Dan Lipinski (D)
Rep. Donald Manzullo (R)
Rep. John Shimkus (R)
Rep. Jerry Weller (R)

Sen. Evan Bayh (D)
Sen. Richard Lugar (R)
Rep. Dan Burton (R)
Rep. Baron Hill (D)
Rep. Mike Pence (R)
Rep. Mark Souder (R)

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R)
Sen. Tom Harkin (D)
Rep. Steve King (R)

Sen. Sam Brownback (R)
Sen. Pat Roberts (R)
Rep. Nancy Boyda (D)
Rep. Dennis Moore (D)
Rep. Jerry Moran (R)
Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R)

Sen. Jim Bunning (R)

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D)
Sen. David Vitter (R)
Rep. William Jefferson (D)

Sen. Susan Collins (R)
Sen. Olympia Snowe (R)

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D)

Sen. Edward Kennedy (D)
Sen. John Kerry (D)
Rep. Michael Capuano (D)
Rep. William Delahunt (D)
Rep. Stephen Lynch (D)
Rep. John Olver (D)
Rep. John Tierney (D)

Sen. Carl Levin (D)
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D)
Rep. Dave Camp (R)
Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D)
Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R)
Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R)
Rep. Sander Levin (D)
Rep. Michael Rogers (R)
Rep. Fred Upton (R)
Rep. Tim Walberg (R)

Sen. Norm Coleman (R)
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D)
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R)
Rep. Keith Ellison (D)
Rep. James Oberstar (D)
Rep. Collin Peterson (D)
Rep. Jim Ramstad (R)

Sen. Thad Cochran (R)
Rep. Chip Pickering, Jr. (R)

Sen. Kit Bond (R)
Rep. Todd Akin (R)
Rep. Roy Blunt (R)
Rep. Russ Carnahan (D)
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D)
Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R)

Sen. Ben Nelson (D)
Rep. Lee Terry (R)

Sen. John Ensign (R)
Rep. Jon Porter (R)

New Jersey
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D)
Rep. Scott Garrett (R)
Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R)
Rep. Frank Pallone (D)
Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D)
Rep. Donald Payne (D)
Rep. Steven Rothman (D)
Rep. Jim Saxton (R)
Rep. Christopher Smith (R)

New Mexico
Rep. Heather Wilson (R)

New York
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D)
Rep. Gary Ackerman (D)
Rep. Tim Bishop (D)
Rep. Vito Fosella (R)
Rep. Peter King (R)
Rep. Nita Lowey (D)
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D)
Rep. Michael McNulty (D)
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D)
Rep. Charles Rangel (D)
Rep. Louise Slaughter (D)

North Carolina
Sen. Richard Burr (R)
Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R)

North Dakota
Sen. Kent Conrad (D)
Sen. Byron Dorgan (D)
Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D)

Rep. John Boehner (R)
Rep. Deborah Pryce (R)
Rep. Jean Schmidt (R)
Rep. Patrick Tiberi (R)

Sen. James Inhofe (R)

Sen. Gordon Smith (R)
Sen. Ron Wyden (D)
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D)
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D)
Rep. Darlene Hooley (D)
Rep. Greg Walden (R)
Rep. David Wu (D)

Sen. Robert Casey (D)
Sen. Arlen Specter (R)
Rep. Mike Doyle (D)
Rep. Philip English (R)
Rep. Jim Gerlach (R)
Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D)
Rep. Patrick Murphy (D)
Rep. Joseph Pitts (R)

Rhode Island
Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D)
Rep. James Langevin (D)

South Carolina
Sen. Jim DeMint (R)
Rep. Joe Wilson (R)

South Dakota
Sen. Tim Johnson (D)
Sen. John Thune (R)
Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D)

Rep. Jim Cooper (D)
Rep. Bart Gordon (D)
Rep. Zach Wamp (R)

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R)
Rep. Joe Barton (R)
Rep. Kevin Brady (R)
Rep. John Carter (R)
Rep. Mike Conaway (R)
Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D)
Rep. Kay Granger (R)
Rep. Nicholas Lampson (D)
Rep. Ron Paul (R)
Rep. Pete Sessions (R)
Rep. William Thornberry (R)

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R)
Rep. Rob Bishop (R)
Rep. Jim Matheson (D)

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D)

Sen. John Warner (R)
Rep. Eric Cantor (R)
Rep. Virgil Goode, Jr. (R)
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R)
Rep. Frank Wolf (R)

Sen. Patty Murray (D)
Rep. Jay Inslee (D)
Rep. Jim McDermott (D)   
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R)
Rep. Dave Reichert (R)
Rep. Adam Smith (D)

West Virginia
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D)

Sen. Michael Enzi (R)

Sen. Herbert Kohl (D)
Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D)
Rep. Thomas Petri (R)
Rep. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R)