Tuesday, October 7, 2008

5 Ways You Can Help 'I600A/I800A Transition Case' Adopting Families

Please take action on behalf of the I600A/I800A Transition Cases

Joint Council on International Children's Services is requesting an immediate call to action in support and on behalf of families that may be severely and negatively impacted as they adopt a child in need from a country participating in the Hague. A summary of the current I-600A renewal law and its subsequent impact on families can be found on JCICS's website at Joint Council Position on I-600A Renewals.

Joint Council has drafted 5 Ways You Can Help to help avoid this pending crisis. These listed way have been included below.

1. Today, please read the Joint Council Position Paper on I-600A Renewals at www.jcics.org.

2. Today, send an email in support of the Joint Council Position Paper on I-600A Renewals to Joint Council at advocate@jcics.org and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute at mark@ccainstitute.org.

a. Joint Council will deliver a petition supporting an immediate resolution, including all emails, to USCIS on October 18th. To be sure that your email is included, please send your email no later than October 16th.
3. Today, go to Adoption for All: the Fairness for Families Petition and sign the petition.
a. Joint Council, in collaboration with Adoption For All organizers David Yurkovich and Dianne Pearce, will present the petition and all signatories to Congressional leaders on October 18th. To ensure that your signature is included, please sign the petition no later than October 16th.
4. On October 14th, 15th, and 16th, contact your Congressional representatives, both in the House and Senate.
a. Joint Council is working with Members of Congress and seeks their participation in resolving this issue.
b. You can find your Senators' phone numbers and email addresses at www.senate.gov.
c. You can find your Representative' s phone number and email address at www.house.gov.
d. Include the following in your calls and emails.
· A brief explanation of the situation.
· "I/we understand that USCIS is actively engaged in seeking a resolution to the I-600A issue. I/we respectfully ask the Senator/Congressper son to contact USCIS and express their support of efforts to find an immediate resolution to the I-600A Extension issue."
· A kind `thank you'.
5. Stand ready to expand and intensify your efforts if needed. Joint Council may contact you with a revised Call To Action if needed

Please visit the JCICS website for more in-depth information and answers to your questions and concerns.


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