Mrs. SCHMIDT (for herself, Mr. OBERSTAR, and Ms. GINNY BROWN-WAITE of Florida) submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor
Recognizing and honoring birthparents who carry out an adoption plan.
Whereas once a pregnant woman and the man involved in the pregnancy (the birthparents) decide that they are unable to parent a child, carrying out an adoption plan is highly admirable;
Whereas for the birthparents, carrying out an adoption plan can be an expression of great love for the child and can be what it means to be the best parent possible;
Whereas birthparents who decide to carry out an adoption plan come from all walks of life, with various backgrounds and socioeconomic status;
Whereas in 2002 (the most recent year for which such statistics are available), there were 22,291 domestic infant adoptions in the United States;
Whereas birthparents should be recognized, honored, and commended for making a loving decision to carry out an adoption plan; and
Whereas Congress should endeavor to do more to support birthparents who carry out an adoption plan: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That Congress recognizes and honors birthparents who carry out an adoption plan.
Origins-USA opposes this proposed anti-family legislation.
Because it speaks about pregnancy, this bill is obviously and specifically aimed at increasing infant adoptions in direct disregard for the children - more than 100,00 - in foster care who have no families they can ever return to...whose parents right (rightly or wrongly) have already been permanently terminated.
The loss of one's child and the deconstruction of a family -- other than for the protection ans safety of a child in danger of harm -- is not honorable, nor commendable. Rather, it represents a failure on the part of our society to properly provide resources for families in crisis to remain together.
This proposal to "honor" mothers and fathers attempts to make noble a last resort, a desperate act most often made because of lack of options, or having been pressured or coerced....and an act that results in the most painful lifelong loss and feelings of guilt and shame for the parents, and lifelong feelings of rejection, abandonment and permanent disconnect of heritage and truth for the child...regardless of how well-meaning and caring his adopters may be.
The bill itself employs coercive tactics and language. It follows well the advise of the National Council for Adoption (NCFA) as spelled out in their recently released slick propaganda campaign "Birthmother/Good Mother." The NCFA's sole job it is to increase a steady flow of "merchandise" for its member adoption agencies to redistribute for fees that keep them profitable as businesses, and/or provide salaries for directors and staff of so-called non-profit adoption agencies.
Adoption is the result of a tragedy for parents and most of all for a child. It is not to be encouraged with platitudes but instead those concerned about families and child welfare should be seeking ways to prevent the unnecessary separation of mothers and their children.
,br.Our "honor" and platitude should go instead to those brave women who are able to fight the system and the pressures and who, against all odds ands without adequate child care and other resources, manage to keep their struggling families intact!
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