On Friday, December 10th, CCAI hosted a training for Congressional staff and caseworkers who handle intercountry adoption issues. During the training, the Department of State and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services provided in-depth information about the international adoption process. Our goal was to better equip Congressional staffers as they serve constituent families who are in the process of adopting.
Legislation that relates to immigration, intercountry adoption, and child citizenship was discussed, as well as the forms constituents need to file, and the visa processing. Congressional staff had questions ranging from how legal permanent residents are treated versus U.S. citizens when adopting internationally, to where USCIS forms must be filed, to how a disrupted adoption affects prospective adoptive parents who are seeking to adopt again.
Over 50 Congressional offices participated in this training. CCAI received positive feedback from attendees that the training was an effective tool to educate them on these processes and the unique cases of their constituent families. CCAI is pleased to work with the Department of State and USCIS to make these trainings possible in an effort to serve adoptive parents and prospective adoptive parents.