On July 22, S. 1376 passed the Senate with unanimous consent. The full text of the bill as passed can be found here: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?r111:2:./temp/~r111TfCptm::
The bill now moves to the House of Representatives and is currently sitting in the House Committee on the Judiciary.
PEAR supports Senate Bill 1376, the bill to restore immunization and sibling age exemptions for children adopted by United States citizens under the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption. This act allows waivers of the immigration immunization requirements for children adopted from Hague partner countries. It also allows children up to the age of 18 to be adopted and admitted into the US if they are siblings of previously adopted children. This bill addresses oversights in the drafting of the Hague Regulations and brings those regulations into parity with existing international adoption law and policy on immunization waivers and sibling adoptions in non-Hague programs.
We encourage prospective and adoptive parents to read the bill and actively support this legislation.
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~ What All Adoptions Deserve.