Encouraging Adoption & Loving Homes

Fair Shot Agenda Pillar: Health

Children are our nation’s most precious resource. We must protect them by promoting life, and building strong families. Adoption is a blessing for so many Hoosier families. My team has successfully facilitated international adoptions and offers help to Hoosiers who are experiencing difficulties with adoption. We are also working to make sure children caught up in a foster care system struggling to meet community needs are more quickly and efficiently placed in the setting that's best for them, regardless of state boundary lines.


l What I’ve Done:

  •  In 2017, an Indiana family’s adoption of a child from Ethiopia was stalled following the former Prime Minister of Ethiopia’s decision to suspend international adoptions. The order left more than 200 U.S. families, and the Ethiopian children they were trying to bring home, in a heartbreaking limbo. I raised the issue with the former Ethiopian Ambassador in phone calls, directed staff to maintain regular contact with the embassy, highlighted the issue in a hearing with a top Department of State official, and led two letters signed by hundreds of members of Congress.

  • In June 2017, I helped the family officially bring home their 3-year-old son Genene from Ethiopia. 

  • I recently met with Kassa Tekleberhan Gebrehiwot, Ethiopia’s new Ambassador to the United States, in order to continue advocating for Hoosier families with pending adoptions. 

  • By introducing the Support Working Families Act (S. 2437), I have fought to allow a refundable tax credit for a parent who takes leave from employment after the birth or adoption of a child.

  • I worked to expedite the time it takes to place children into loving homes by modernizing the outdated interstate child placement process by introducing the Modernizing the Interstate Placement of Children in Foster Care Act

  • I helped introduce the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311), to require appropriate care and admission to hospital of babies that survive an attempted abortion. Passage of this legislation has repeatedly been blocked.

  • I helped introduce the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 160), which would ban abortions after 20 weeks, with exceptions. 

  • I wrote a letter to Attorney General William Barr calling for his assistance in Illinois and Indiana’s investigation into late Indiana abortionist, Dr. Ulrich “George” Klopfer. The letter followed the recent horrific discovery of more than 2,200 fetal remains in his Illinois home. Dr. Klopfe performed abortions in South Bend, Fort Wayne, and Gary for decades.

Latest Legislation

Bill # Bill Description Updated

A bill to protect the dignity of fetal remains, and for other purposes.


A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish a refundable tax credit for parents who take leave from employment following the birth or adoption of a child.

S.130 Cosponsored —  A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.
S.3029 Cosponsored —  Prematurity Research Expansion and Education for Mothers who deliver Infants Early Reauthorization Act of 2018
S.1091 Cosponsored —  Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act
S.2311 Cosponsored —  Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
S.1922 Cosponsored —  Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
S.1730 Cosponsored —  Reach Every Mother and Child Act of 2017
S.1257 Sponsored —  Modernizing the Interstate Placement of Children in Foster Care Act
S.184 Cosponsored —  No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017

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