November is National Adoption Month. In recognition of this month, Ambassador Susan Jacobs, Special Advisor for Children's Issues, will hold a discussion on intercountry adoption with Christine James-Brown, President and CEO, Child Welfare League of America, and Richard Klarberg, President and CEO, Council on Accreditation. The discussion will be moderated by Cheryl Benton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, and will be available for on demand viewing soon on DipNote, the Department of State's official blog.
Intercountry adoption is an important way to find homes for children who otherwise would remain in institutional care. Adoption, like other matters of the family, is an emotionally charged issue, susceptible to unscrupulous actors. And at the heart of the process is a vulnerable child whose best interest must remain paramount. As a result, it is important for prospective adoptive parents to understand what to expect from the intercountry adoption process, how to choose an adoption service provider, and what they should expect from their adoption service professional before they begin the adoption process. We will address the challenges and opportunities to improve the intercountry adoption process, and how the role of accreditation promotes best practices. Our goal is to educate the public and adoption service providers about best practices and the role of the accreditation process in ensuring safe, ethical, and transparent intercountry adoptions.
You are invited to participate by submitting questions, some of which will be selected for response during the taping. Submit your questions below on DipNote and join the ongoing discussion via Twitter using the hashtag #IntercountryAdoption. Please submit questions via DipNote and Twitter as soon as possible for consideration.
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