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Get to Know Your Leaders

As we begin a new year, we encourage you to take a few minutes to learn a little bit about your Congressional leaders and their stance on adoption. Now is a great opportunity to begin building a relationship with your two Senate offices and your district Representative. Each office has Congressional staff who handle domestic adoption and child welfare or foster care issues. Sometime this month, make time to do a five-minute phone call (to your 2 Senators and 1 Representative) to find out who that staff person is and introduce yourself. You are a valuable resource to them – don’t miss the opportunity to make sure they know who you are! Call their office, introduce yourself as a constituent and ask for the staff that handles these issues. To find contact telephone numbers for your U.S. Senators click here. To find contact information for your U.S. Representatives click here.

The two primary Committees with jurisdiction over foster care/child welfare issues include the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee, Human Resources Subcommittee. Senate Finance Committee Chairmanship will be led by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and the Ranking Member will be Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR). To find a full list of Senate Finance Committee members click here. In the House, the full Ways and Means Committee will be chaired by Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Representative Sander Levin (D-MI) will remain as Ranking Member. The new Human Resources Subcommittee Chairman will be Representative Charles Boustany (R-LA) and Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) is expected to continue as the Ranking Member. To find a full list of House Ways and Means Committee members click here.

Remember…your voice counts!