As the U.S. Congress approaches the end of its 111th Session, a number of international family law matters are pending. These include the 2007 Hague Child Support Convention, which was reported to the full Senate by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in January 2010 with a recommendation that the Senate give its advice and consent to ratification. See Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Executive Report 111-2 , and Senate Treaty Document 110-21.
Pending legislation on intercountry adoption includes S. 1376, the International Adoption Simplification Act, which was passed by the Senate in July and was referred to the House. The Act would restore immunization and sibling age exemptions for children adopted under the Hague Adoption convention to allow their admission into the U.S. (See Senate Report No. 111-220). A similar House bill, H.R. 5532, the International Adoption Harmonization Act of 2010, was passed in July and was referred to the Senate.
Several bills on the subject of international child abduction are under consideration by the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law, including the International Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2009 (H.R. 3240) , the International Parental Child Abduction Deterrence Act (H.R. 3487)