In the world of adoption
*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.
* Rwanda has announced that from August 31, 2010 it will not accept any new applications for inter-country adoption. Applications from prospective adoptive parents already received and those that could reach the Ministry before the above mentioned date will be taken care of as usual. Rwanda signed the Hague Convention is in the process of putting in place the structures, mechanisms, tools and implementation plan. I
Kazakhstan stopped accepting new dossiers from prospective parents.
The Government of Swaziland has extended the suspension period for the adoption of Swazi children.
Interaction International has compiled an international therapist directory.
Australian adoptions from Ethiopia may slow down a little in the next six months. Ato Lakew Gebeyehu is leaving his role as the Australian Representative for the Ethiopia-Australia Intercountry Adoption Program. A new representative is expected to be in place in early 2011. Families already with a referral will be processed by Ato.
Canadians who want to adopt from Ghana or Uganda should be aware that the High Commission has denied visas. A social welfare officer in Accra has said Canadians are no longer processing adoptions in Ghana. A couple in Uganda has been trying to get their children home for nine months. Check with Canadian officials before beginning the adoption process.
Nepal skipped an international meeting on adoption in June 2010 in the Hague. An embassy official from a western country said “it shows Nepal does not want to improve its adoption system so as to make it of international standard.” Canada, Denmark, Germany, France, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom suspended adoptions from Nepal following a Hague report about widespread abuse in the system. <a href=”http://tinyurl.com/37grqs9″>Read full story here.</a>
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.
Thailand has announced that due to the limited number of children available for adoption they will not accept any new dossiers in 2010.
Nine orphanages in Ethiopia have lost their accreditation: Adera Child, Agar Lewegen, Almaz, Biruh Zemen, Bitania, Help for the Needy, Holy Savior, Kunket and Tsega. Additionally, adoptive parents are now required to be in court during the adoption hearing.
The adjudicating officer in the US Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany, is requiring copies of all cleared background checks for each adopting parent from everywhere they have lived since the age of 18 for all I-600 cases.
US officials in Ghana now require that biological parents be interviewed in the US embassy in Accra before they will issue a visa. They must bring “official” proof of identity and must convince officials they willingly gave their child up for adoption. Officials may also request a DNA test, which takes a minimum of 2 months to complete.
Russia is drafting agreements on child adoption with France, Spain, Britain and Israel. Countries will be held to the agreements, according to Deputy Minister of Education and Science Sergei Vitelis.
The US State Department has a dedicated email address for inquiries about Russian adoptions. RussiaAdoption@state.gov
The Haitian Adoption Board has begun accepting dossiers, but it is unlikely any children will be matched with families in the near future.
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 Chinaadoptionforecast.com