In the world of adoption

* The U.S. Embassy Kyiv (Ukraine) now requires advance appointments for all adoption cases. The process takes 2 days and includes document intake on the first day and a full visa interview on the next business day. Barring any problems, the visa will be issued the end of the second day. No adoption processing will take place on the last Friday of the month. The Consular Section is closed on Ukrainian and American holidays.

* Parents For Ethical Adoption Reform (PEAR) has assembled a free “Guide to Researching US Adoption Agencies.” Download it <a href=””>here.</a>

*EMK Press has created a 50 page guide for new adoptive parents. It’s called Realistic Expectations and can be downloaded free by following  this link.

The US Department of State reminds prospective adoptive parents that consular officers are required by law to conduct an orphan investigation (I-604) to verify the child’s orphan status prior to the issuance of an IR-3 or IR-4 immigrant visa. This investigation may take up to several months to complete. Adoptive parents are urged to work with their adoption service provider to confirm the status of their case before traveling.

For Americans adopting from Rwanda, the US embassy in Kenya recommends that the Adam Walsh check be completed before going to Kenya for a visa. The check can take up to 2 weeks to complete.

From May 25, 2010 Kazakhstan stopped accepting new dossiers from prospective parents.

The US has a new 1-600 form. Download it here: I-600 Form

Many agencies claim it takes 3-4 years to complete an adoption in China, but the reality is closer to 7-8 years. From