2004 Adopted Resolutions
72nd Annual Meeting
Boston

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NATIONAL REUNION REGISTRY FOR SIBLINGS SEPARATED IN THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM

     WHEREAS, the Child Welfare League and the American Psychological Association have voiced the importance of sibling reunification amongst those separated in the foster care system; and

     WHEREAS, siblings separated by placement in different homes suffer from the lack of a centralized registry in which to locate one another; and

     WHEREAS, there is recognized mental health significance to the reunification of separated siblings, as well as physical health ramifications; and

     WHEREAS, national legislation to create a national reunion registry for adopted adults, siblings and birth parents has been introduced and passed in the United States Senate (most recently S 1487 in 1997); and

     WHEREAS, such legislation created a national Voluntary Mutual Reunion registry established at the Department of Health and Human Resources which could be accessed through mutual consent in a signed notarized statement,

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors encourages Congress to pass legislation creating a national, voluntary, mutual reunion registry for siblings separated in the foster care system as well as for adopted adults and birth parents.