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Adoption advice for Australian expats

Adoption advice for Australian expats

By Jerrie Alp, Hong Kong Adopting while living overseas can be very challenging. There are no guidelines to follow and you can often feel like you are trying to work things out all on your own. The most important thing you can do is research, research and more research…and where there wasn’t a way before […]

By April 15, 2011 7 Comments Read More →
New USCIS adoption website

New USCIS adoption website

The US Office of Children’s Issues launched a new adoption website with additional information for American expats who want to adopt while living abroad. In addition to  information about adoption steps, it provides access updates in the process and changes in country requirements. The site has new sections dedicated to describing the overall process as […]

By March 25, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Joint Council statement on Ethiopia Adoptions

Joint Council statement on Ethiopia Adoptions

The Ethiopian Ministry of Women’s, Children’s and Youth Affairs announced their intention to reduce intercountry adoptions by 90% beginning March 10, 2011. The Ministry’s plan for a dramatic reduction is apparently based on two primary issues; 1) the assumption that corruption in intercountry adoption is systemic and rampant and 2) the Ministry’s resources should be […]

By March 8, 2011 2 Comments Read More →
American adoption tax credit forms

American adoption tax credit forms

Americans can receive a tax credit to cover adoption costs. There have been some changes to the adoption tax credit, specifically: * Before the adoption tax credit helped pay for tax liabilities and adoption costs were subtracted from the family’s tax liability. Under the changes, even if an adoptive family does not owe any taxes, […]

By March 3, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
An Australian/Ethiopian Adoption Story

An Australian/Ethiopian Adoption Story

Anyone connected to Australia knows that adoption laws there are extraordinarily difficult. In fact many citizens leave the country so they can adopt as expats because the process is less cumbersome. Below is the story of how one Australian family adopted a child from Ethiopia. Much of her story will resonate with anyone who has […]

By January 31, 2011 18 Comments Read More →
Vietnam: Opening Again?

Vietnam: Opening Again?

From Rainbow Kids Magazine: The Vietnamese Ambassador to the Netherlands, Huynh Minh Chinh, has signed the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption. Mr Chinh was authorized by the Vietnamese Government to sign the international convention at the head office of the Dutch foreign ministry in the presence of […]

By December 30, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Australian officials refuse visa for adopted child

Australian officials refuse visa for adopted child

A family has been separated because Australian officials refused a visa to an adopted 5-year-old Rwandan child deemed “an unacceptable immigration threat.” Her Australian parents tried to bring her home after living in the UK for some years. Helen Coates and Stuart Kruse, both Australian citizens, were banned from bringing Isimbi, adopted from Rwanda, back […]

By October 29, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
An Australian adoption story

An Australian adoption story

The equation should be so simple. On one side, Ethiopian orphans craving love and security, on the other, childless Australian couples with empty homes and open hearts. Bring them together and everyone’s happy. Well, that’s how it should be, anyway. Sadly, red tape and mismanagement here in Australia and over in Africa have scuttled the […]

By October 18, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Interview: Adoption Social Worker Gerald Bowman

Interview: Adoption Social Worker Gerald Bowman

Social worker Gerald Bowman says the key to a successful adoption process for someone who lives abroad is research. Often expats will call an agency and sign on without fully understanding what they can expect, which can lead to delays and wasted money. “I think people have a lot of trouble getting information and often, […]

By September 20, 2010 1 Comments Read More →
China opens a new program

China opens a new program

Information from Michele Jordan, expat adoption attorney For those of you who have not heard, there is very exciting adoption information coming from China as of September 1st. The CCAA is creating a new category of waiting children called “Special Focus” children. These are children who have been on the shared list for more than 2 months. […]

By September 2, 2010 0 Comments Read More →