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IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILDREN? ROMANLA'S BAN ON INTER-COUNTRY

ADOPTION

September 14, 2005

COMMISSIONERS

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Hon. Christopher H. Smith, Co-Chairman, Commission on

Security and Cooperation in Europe
Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Ranking Member, Commission

on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Hon. Joseph R. Pitts, Commissioner, Commission on Security

and Cooperation in Europe Hon. Richard Burr, Commissioner, Commission on Security

and Cooperation in Europe

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MEMBERS

Hon. Jeb Bradley, Member of Congress (NH-1)
Hon. Anne M. Northup, Member of Congress (KY-3)

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WITNESSES

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Hon. Maura Harty, Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs,

U.S. Department of State
His Excellency Sorin Ducaru, Ambassador of Romania to

the United States
Elliot Forsyth, prospective adoptive parent
Debra Murphy-Scheumann, President, Board of Directors,

Joint Council on International Children's Services
Dr. Dana Johnson, Director, International Adoption Clinic,
University

of
Minnesota
Thomas Atwood, President and CEO, National Council for

Adoption

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APPENDICES

Prepared statement of Hon. Sam Brownback, Chairman,

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Prepared statement of Hon. Joseph R. Pitts
Prepared statement of Hon. Maura Harty

(III)

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Prepared statement of His Excellency Sorin Ducaru
Prepared statement of Elliot Forsyth
Prepared statement of Debra Murphy-Scheumann
Prepared statement of Dr. Dana Johnson
Prepared statement of Thomas Atwood
Material submitted for the record by Hon. Christopher H.

Smith
Statement submitted for the record by Hon. Dan Burton,

Member of Congress (IN-5)
Statement submitted for the record by the House of Angels

(Gaesti, Romania)
Letter submitted for the record by the Center for Adoption

Policy
Statement submitted for the record by the Romanians

Worldwide Group
Statement submitted for the record by For the Children-

SOS
Letters submitted for the record from prospective adoptive

parents

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