The story of my involvement with intercountry adoption is a very personal one. My granddaughter, Zegita Marie, or “Z-girl” as I call her, was adopted by my daughter Molly from an orphanage in Ethiopia as a baby. Because of my personal involvement and my extensive travels throughout Africa, I know firsthand the difficulties and sensitivities surrounding intercountry adoption, and I know of the challenges that families face. But I also know of the many blessings that come from giving a child a family. I hope that you will join with me in recognizing the great need that exists for families who are willing to open their arms to children, both here in the United States and abroad, and take the leap of faith that will change a child’s life.
I am a member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, which pursues polices to give every child a safe and loving home.