America’s Newest (and Youngest) Citizens Welcomed in Special National Adoption Month Ceremony

Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Alejandro Mayorkas and Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Janice L. Jacobs meet families at the U.S. Department of State's National Adoption Month Event in Washington, D.C. on November 8, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Esperanza Tilghman serves as a Public Affairs Officer in the Bureau of Consular Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

"Intercountry adoption is an important matter of foreign policy. It provides the opportunity for loving parents to offer a permanent home and a family for children who need that. And it deepens and enriches our culture and builds on one of the America’s greatest strengths, our diversity." -Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton

On November 8, 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton joined Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Janice L. Jacobs, and Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Alejandro Mayorkas in a special ceremony commemorating November as National Adoption Month. The special ceremony, coordinated by the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs in partnership with USCIS, honored… more »

Helping Children Around the World Come Home
Ambassador Susan Jacobs meets with Brazilian Central Authority officials on May 19, 2011.

About the Author: Ambassador Susan S. Jacobs serves as Special Advisor on Children’s Issues at the U.S. Department of State.

National Missing Children’s Day on May 25 provides an opportunity to reflect on how the United States government works to prevent international parental child abduction. Secretary Clinton recorded a message to commemorate National Missing Children’s Day and the Department(tm)s other efforts to assist families in cases of international parental child abduction. You may view it here.

As Special Advisor for Children’s Issues, I engage with foreign government officials on the issues of intercountry adoption and international parental child abduction. I strive to protect the welfare and interests of children by increasing the number of abducted children returned to their parents, strengthening legal safeguards and developing international relationships to resolve current abduction cases and prevent future… more