11.18.15

Senator Leahy Invites VT Family To Testify At Hearing On International Adoption

WASHINGTON (Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015) – Christine Hutchins and her family from Cambridge, Vt., Wednesday came to the Senate Judiciary Committee to share their story of adopting their son James from Sierra Leone.  Hutchins was invited to testify by the committee Ranking Member Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) at the hearing, just days before National Adoption Day.   

Leahy said: “The Hutchins’ journey to parenthood is one of courage and perseverance.  They represent many other Vermont families who have similarly opened their hearts to a child in need through international adoption.  I have been inspired by each Vermont family my office has helped through the adoption process.”

Hutchins testified during the hearing about her experience adopting her new son James in May, 2015.  She and her husband Jonathan have been married for 11 years.  Christine and Jonathan live in Cambridge, Vt., where Jonathan was raised.  Christine was raised in Georgia, Vt.  Hutchins’ sister-in-law, Jennifer Smithers, and her husband Gregory Smithers, who adopted James’ twin sister Grace were also at the hearing.  Both families represent many other Vermont families who  have similarly opened their hearts to children in need through international adoption. 

Leahy’s full statement is available here, and Hutchins’ statement is available here.  

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