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H.R.3323: Children in Families First Act of 2013

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about international affairs
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Sponsor Kay Granger, R-Texas
Total Cosponsors 31 (21 Democrats, 10 Republicans)
Introduced Oct. 23, 2013
Latest Major Action Jan. 9, 2014
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Bill Summary

Children in Families First Act of 2013 - Establishes within the Department of State the Bureau of Vulnerable Children and Family Security which shall: (1) support the implementation in foreign countries of child welfare laws and policies; and (2) establish within the Bureau a Senior Coordinator for Permanence who shall lead the implementation of policies to ensure permanent family care for children living without families, including refugee and stateless children.

States that the Bureau shall be headed by an Assistant Secretary and have lead responsibility for representing the U.S. government in diplomatic contacts pertaining to intercountry adoptions.

Amends the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS), through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), to carry out the functions prescribed by the Convention regarding the accreditation of U.S. adoption services providers.

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(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Jan. 9, 2014 Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.
Jan. 9, 2014 Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.
Oct. 23, 2013 Referred to House Judiciary
Oct. 23, 2013 Referred to House Foreign Affairs