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Can singles adopt?

Can singles adopt?

Debbie Driessen-Grika is a social worker with more than 20 years’ experience working in the US and abroad. In her role as a partner with American Adoption Professionals Abroad, Debbie has traveled to more than 25 countries to provide home study reports for expat families who want to adopt. She spoke with While Abroad about […]

By March 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Australia Eases Adoption Rules

Australia Eases Adoption Rules

Prime Minister Tony Abbott will slash court processes for some Australian couples trying to adopt children from overseas, in the first of a potential series of changes aimed at making overseas adoptions faster and easier. Under the current system, couples adopting children from countries which have not signed up to The Hague Convention can wait […]

By March 4, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Cambodia Allows Adoptions

Cambodia Allows Adoptions

Cambodia’s central adoption agency says it will begin allowing intercountry adoptions in 2014, but did not provide a specific timeline. It is likely children from Cambodia’s state-run institutions and children with special needs will be placed for adoption first. The country is in the process of ensuring steps are in place to carefully monitor adoptions […]

By February 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Adoption Company Arrests

Adoption Company Arrests

Four current and former employees of International Adoption Guides Inc. (IAG), an adoption services provider, have been indicted by a grand jury in South Carolina for allegedly conspiring to defraud the United States in connection with IAG’s adoption services in Ethiopia. IAG is a South Carolina company that identified children in Ethiopia for adoption and […]

By February 18, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
US warns of Adoptions in Ghana

US warns of Adoptions in Ghana

The Government of Ghana claims it has suspended all adoption cases, including intercountry adoptions, pending Ghana’s review of its current adoption procedures. Despite this ban, some adoptions are being processed and children are being granted a visa to enter countries, including the United States. The alert about the suspension of adoptions issued by Ghana provides information […]

By October 17, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Good news for Australian children

Good news for Australian children

NSW parents whose legal adoptions are finalized overseas will be able to obtain NSW birth certificates for their children under new laws to be introduced soon to State Parliament. Attorney General, Greg Smith SC, and Minister for Family and Community Services, Pru Goward, said the Government was seeking changes to the law to give children […]

By October 1, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
DRC Suspends Exit Permits for Adoptees

DRC Suspends Exit Permits for Adoptees

This alert updates the US Department of State’s May 2 adoption alert regarding the suspension of issuance of exit permits to adopted Congolese children seeking to depart the country with their adoptive parents. On September 27, the Congolese Ministry of Interior and Security, General Direction of Migration (Direction Generale d’Immigration, DGM) informed the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa […]

By September 30, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Russian President bans adoptions to US citizens

Russian President bans adoptions to US citizens

From Time Magazine, by Alexandra Sifferlin In late October, Charles and Elisabeth Smith from Phoenix traveled to Borodino, Russia, to meet their prospective son, Malcom (not his real name), a 5-year-old with cerebral palsy. “This little boy just tugged at our heart strings,” says Elisabeth. “It was not a rational response, but even when I […]

By December 28, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Cambodia lifts adoption ban for Americans

Cambodia lifts adoption ban for Americans

Cambodia will end its 3 year ban on adoptions to Americans on January 1, 2013, but there will be some restrictions. Only children under the age of 8 will be allowed to be adopted and no more than 200 adoptions will be done each year, according to Long Visalo, the country’s Secretary of State. He […]

By November 15, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Foreigners cannot adopt Ukranian children younger than five years old

Foreigners cannot adopt Ukranian children younger than five years old

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (the Supreme Parliament of Ukraine) amended adoption law in the country on May 19, 2011. The changes to the Family Code of Ukraine include the following: * Any child who is a citizen of the Ukraine may be adopted by a foreigner if he or she has been registered with […]

By May 26, 2011 0 Comments Read More →