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Congressman Tom Marino

Representing the 10th District of Pennsylvania

Rep. Marino Introduces Bill to Reinforce Right of Children to Grow Up in a Loving Family

May 24, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Tom Marino (PA-10) introduced legislation to require the Department of State to include violations of unparented children’s rights, particularly the unnecessary holding of children in institutions, in its Annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.

Tens of millions of children worldwide live without parents and a growing number, approximately 10 to 14 million, are institutionalized instead of being allowed to enter the adoption process. Extensive evidence demonstrates that denying children a permanent nurturing home early in life can cause severe cognitive, socio-emotional, and other harms that continue into adulthood. This legislation will bring awareness to the plight of unparented children and create extensive documentation of this often under-recognized human rights crisis.

Rep. Marino released the following statement: 

“Children have a fundamental right to family. We can no longer sit idly by as children all across the world are forced into institutions and denied a chance to grow up in a nurturing and loving home. My legislation will shed light on the inhumane conditions in which these children live and ensure the plight of unparented youth is heard.”

For more information on this bill, please click here.