Much Needed Reform of National and International Adoption Laws, Policies, and Procedures.

Much Needed Reform of National and International Adoption Laws, Policies, and Procedures.

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Megan Mullikin started this petition to Ivanka Trump and

As I sit here and type this, I am snuggled up to my almost 5 year old.  She is warm, safe, her tummy is full and she is laughing at one of her many favorite cartoons.  

Do you know how many children in AMERICA, in our own BACKYARD, are longing for this?     There are roughly 400, 000 children in the US foster care system each year.   400,000.   Of that number, approximately 100,000 are waiting to be adopted.   100,000 who wish they had a mommy to cuddle up with and watch cartoons.     Of those 100,000 children waiting in foster care, 30,000 age out of the system every year without a family.   Without a family.   Alone.   How are we the greatest country in the world and we still have this issue?    If we take a look at the numbers for the entire world, roughly 153 million children are orphaned.   That number is staggering.   

The current cost for a domestic adoption in America is between $40,000 - $50,000.     An international adoption costs roughly the same amount.   Each state typically funds adoptions that are through foster care and this is a great place to start.   However, the system is still severely flawed.  Instead of the number of children waiting to be adopted decreasing, the numbers are increasing.    Also, I must mention, that the number of families wanting to adopt has increased each year.   Which means we have families wanting to take these children in, children waiting to be taken in, and yet the numbers still do not reflect this.    We NEED reform.   We NEED national and international reform.   We need to have someone in Washington fighting for these children and families.   Both nationally and internationally.

I can't sit around anymore and shout that "I am an adoption advocate"  while doing nothing to help this crisis.     

I am writing to you, Mrs. Ivanka Trump, to stand beside me in the fight for these children.    I know you have a heart for families and your heart was part of the inspiration behind President Donald Trump's American Working Families Portfolio.   I, along with the below signed, beg you to use your voice for national and international adoption reform.    Please take a closer look at the current national and international policies to help remove the red tape that is causing this crisis to continue.  The cost to save these children shouldn't equate to the average American's yearly salary.  Please help us in this fight.   Please help mend the broken bond between other countries so that Americans will be welcomed to adopt orphans within their country.   Whatever is needed to help, I am all in.   I will volunteer my time to assist you with anything you need to help with this crisis.   Please take a stand, along with President Donald Trump, US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo and US Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar to Make Children Safe Again by giving them a loving home.   

Thank you so much for your time, 

Megan Mullikin and the below signed.

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