CAP worked actively to support Children in Families First or CHIFF (introduced in earlier years by Senators Mary Landrieu and Roy Blunt as S.1530 and Representatives Kay Granger and Karen Bass in Congress as H.R.3323). CHIFF was designed to transform U.S. Government policy into a positive force for enabling children to grow up in the families they need, including in international adoption. Harvard and Boston College Law School faculty members signed a Letter of Support for CHIFF Core Principles. Harvard Law School announced this by press release on Feb. 5, 2014.
The Vulnerable Children and Families Act (VCF Act), is the successor to CHIFF and was introduced in the Senate in the summer of 2016 and reintroduced in the spring of 2017 as S.1178 and H.R.2532.
CAP was instrumental in bringing forward a bill related to human rights reporting for unparented children. Introduced May 19, 2016, in Congress by Rep. Tom Marino, (R-Penn.), and Rep. David Cicilline, (D-R.I.), H.R.5285, sought to amend the Congressional mandate to the Department of State so that their annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices would be required to begin including violations of the rights of children to grow up in the families, including through international adoption. The legislation required no new resources and allowed the Department of State the same discretion it traditionally enjoyed in preparing the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.
H.R.5285 became S.1177 and H.R.2643. S.1177 was introduced on May 18, 2017, by Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO). H.R.2643 was introduced by Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) on May 24, 2017, with co-sponsor Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI).