The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the selection of our new Special Advisor for Children’s Issues, Michelle Bernier-Toth. The Special Advisor, a role initially created in 2010, actively engages with foreign government officials across the globe to protect the welfare and interests of children. Working alongside the Office of Children’s Issues in the Bureau of Consular Affairs, the Special Advisor advocates for U.S. children who are victims of international parental child abduction, and for their left-behind parents. The Special Advisor also works to ensure the welfare and best interests of orphans in need of permanent loving families through intercountry adoption and to assist prospective U.S. adoptive parents.

Ms. Bernier-Toth brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this critical role. Since joining the State Department over 30 years ago, she has served with distinction both domestically and overseas, including Consular tours in Damascus, Doha, and Abu Dhabi. Domestically, she most recently served as Managing Director for Overseas Citizens Services for over eight years, a role in which she worked tirelessly to assist U.S. citizens around the world. She previously served as Director of the Office of American Citizens Services and Crisis Management, and as the Director of the Office of Children’s Issues.

More information about the Department’s ongoing commitment to promoting and safeguarding intercountry adoption is available here: More information about our efforts to combat international parental child abduction is available here:

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