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Emerging Leaders Scholarship Application is NOW OPEN!

Joint Council is pleased to announce our second annual Emerging Leaders Scholarship.The scholarship provides financial support for five (5) emerging leaders working in the child welfare field to attend our 2015 child welfare conference, Putting Family First: Family Strengthening to Adoption in Arlington, … Continue reading

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Submit your RFP today!

    Are you a great public speaker with a desire to see every child live in a permanent and loving home?  Professionals and academics in the child welfare community are invited to submit proposals to present at Joint Council’s Putting … Continue reading

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Adoption Alert: Vietnam

“Vietnam Authorizes U.S. Adoption Service Providers – Intercountry Adoptions from Vietnam to the United States through a Special Adoption Program May Commence on September 16, 2014. September 12, 2014 Vietnam’s Central Adoption Authority, the Ministry of Justice, announced that it … Continue reading

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Announcing Make Change For Children 2014!

Last year, you made a true difference in the lives of our world’s most vulnerable children, those living without the love and protection of a forever family. You held lemonade stand fundraisers. You ran through the streets of your home … Continue reading

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U.S. Secretary of State Meeting with DRC President

On August 4, Secretary of State John Kerry met with DRC President Joseph Kabila to stress the urgency of lifting the suspension on the issuance of exit permits for Congolese adopted children.  Secretary Kerry strongly emphasized our humanitarian concern for … Continue reading

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Visa Delay Updates from Department of State

Progress has been made and most of the backlog of nonimmigrant visas have been processed. There are very few delays on immigrant visas, adoption cases, and emergency nonimmigrant visa cases. Department of State Officials are working diligently to close the … Continue reading

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Partner Receives USAID Grant

One of our Partners, Buckner International, just received a grant from USAID to help vulnerable kids stay in safe families through a two-year program called “Foster Hope Guatemala.”  The four key objectives of the program are: Get 103 institutionalized children … Continue reading

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Department of State Visa Update

Joint Council has been in constant communication with the Department of State in order to keep track of their progress in resolving the computer glitch in processing Visa requests. We have been informed that no Visas will be processed by … Continue reading

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News From DOS Regarding the System Glitch

Please click http://adoption.state.gov/about_us/delay_in_passport_and_visa_processing_times.php to view the notice!

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Important Notice: Delay in Passport and Visa Processing Times

“As of July 27, the Department of State has made continued progress on restoring our system to full functionality. As we restore our ability to print visas, we are prioritizing immigrant cases, including adoptions visas. System engineers are performing maintenance … Continue reading

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Reminder on proper Pre-Adoption Immigration Review (PAIR) processing order

The Department of State reminds adoption service providers (ASPs) and prospective adoptive parents that the entire PAIR process must be completed in every case BEFORE the adoption petition is filed at the Federal First Instance Court (FFIC) in Addis Ababa. … Continue reading

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September Webinar: Tired of Timeouts

Join us for our September webinar, Tired of Timeouts: Discipline, Attachment and the Adopted Child, on September 4th at 7PM Central.  Traditional discipline methods can be ineffective and even potentially damaging for adopted children – children who have experienced loss. … Continue reading

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Benin Announces Temporary Suspension of Intercountry Adoption Applications

Benin informed the State Department that, as of May 22, it has temporarily suspended acceptance of new applications for intercountry adoptions as the Benin government prepares to implement the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect … Continue reading

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UAA Transition Case Guidance and Example Cases

This notice provides a link to new UAA transition case guidance for cases begun before the effective date of the UAA – July 14, 2014 – and completed on or after the effective date.   Topics include guidance on •      … Continue reading

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Direction Générale de Migration to Review Grandfathered Cases

In a June 6th meeting, the Congolese Direction Générale de Migration (DGM) informed the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa that the DGM would be willing to conduct a review of the documents for the children whose cases appear to meet the … Continue reading

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Request for information about medically critical cases pending in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

The Department of State continues to engage the Direction Générale de Migration (DGM) concerning the issuance of exit permits for adopted children affected by the DRC’s exit permit suspension. The DGM has been willing to consider cases of adoptive children … Continue reading

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Reports of Child-Buying Operations in Nigeria

Over the past several months, Nigerian media outlets have reported on government raids and closures of alleged child-buying operations posing as orphanages or homes for unwed mothers. Prospective adoptive parents are warned about possible scams involving children who may be … Continue reading

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Brazil Accepts Adoption Service Provider Applications for Authorization

The Autoridade Central Administrativa Federal of the Secretaria de Direitos Humanos (ACAF), the Brazilian Central Authority for the Hague Adoption Convention, officially announced last week that it will accept applications from U.S. Hague accredited adoption service providers (ASPs) for authorization … Continue reading

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Rebecca’s Notes From the Field in Haiti Part II: May 14, 2014

“I’ve struggled to write this post about Rene because it’s all so complicated, just like nearly everything is in Haiti.  Nearly everything is harder than it seems it should be.  There are always so many barriers to jump over, so … Continue reading

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Rebecca’s Notes From the Field in Haiti: May 14, 2014

“I’ve been in Haiti for three days and today is the first time I’ve attempted to write my thoughts and feelings down, something that is very unlike me. It’s hard to explain why, even to myself – something about wanting … Continue reading

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CHIFF Webinar Announced

On Tuesday, May 20th, Senator Mary Landrieu and Representative Trent Franks will join the Children in Families First Working Group during a free webinar on the Children In Families First Act of 2013. Here is the full invitation including how … Continue reading

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Post Placement Reports for Kazakhstan

The U.S. Dept. of State (DOS) has begun sending letters to families who appear on a list of those missing post adoption reports.  The list of 450 names was provided to DOS by the Government of Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan is focused … Continue reading

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U.S. Department of Justice Announces Indictment

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that 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 … Continue reading

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Haiti Complies with the Hague Convention

Based on today’s conference call with the Department of State (DOS) it appears that DOS will approve Hague adoptions from Haiti.  We applaud Haiti’s efforts to implement the Convention in a way that brings added protection to children and families … Continue reading

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A Lost Boy Finds His Calling (video)

Some phrases are shop worn cliches.  And sometimes they represent the truth.  We hope you will agree; Izidor Ruckel’s story is a ‘must see’. Click here to watch.  

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Promoting The Hague Convention Isn’t Enough – Advocates Send Letter To Sec. Kerry

Hague Convention Compliance Determinations The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has rightly encouraged all countries to become partners in the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption.  The Convention, when properly implemented, can provide much needed protections for children, families of birth … Continue reading

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October 24, 2013 – Day 5 – Thank you!

  October 24, 2013 – Day 5 - Thank you! As I leave Haiti, I have a confession to make.  I don’t write about my day on trips like this just to get the message of orphaned, and vulnerable children out … Continue reading

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October 23, 2013 – Day 4 – Tough Decisions

October 23, 2013 – Day 4 - Tough Decisions I had hoped to spend part of today with Rene.  Instead I was reminded of how many children there are out there just like him.  Some are younger, some are older.  Some … Continue reading

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October 22, 2013 – Day 3 – Searching for the truth and the future

October 22, 2013 – Day 3 – Searching for the truth and the future Today was perhaps the most important day we spent in Haiti, but it’s also the most uninteresting.  We met with IBESR’s (Haiti’s child welfare ministry) and … Continue reading

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October 21, 2013 – Day 2 – The Mosaic

October 21, 2013 – Day 2 – The Mosaic Today I have been deluged with the stories of children – more  children and stories than I can count.  From the maybe one (or  two) year old severely malnourished boy at … Continue reading

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October 20, 2013 – Day 1 – From Fear to Hope

October 20, 2013 – Day 1 – From Fear to HopeThere is a scene in Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love  where she and her friends are giving names to cities –  words that define the city itself.   Two-weeks as well … Continue reading

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Child Welfare Advocates Request Review of State Department policies Prohibiting Orphaned Children from Benefitting from International Adoption

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Exciting New Updates to Orphan Nutrition Site

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Children in Families First Act

On September 19, 2013 Senator Mary Landrieu and Senator Roy Blunt introduced the Children in Families First Act of 2013.  This legislation has the potential to make a significant difference in the way the United States supports children living outside … Continue reading

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World Food Day! October 16th 2013

Check out all of the awesome ways you and your family can get involved for World Food day!

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Symposium 2014

Check out the Symposium 2014 site! 

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Child Trafficking for Any Reason Must Stop

Check out Joint Council’s response to the recent film “Baby Sellers” that aired on Lifetime 08/17/2013

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Action Alert: Contact Your Member of Congress regarding Russia

Members of Congress have a short window of opportunity to sign on to two letters regarding Russia’s recent decision to ban adoptions to the United States.  The first letter is to President Vladimir Putin of Russia and the second is … Continue reading

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Confused by the Adoption Tax Credit?

Adoption Tax Credit Working Group Publishes FAQ To Help With Your Adoption The Adoption Tax Credit, recently signed into law by President Obama is rather complex and can also be confusing.  Given these complexities, the Adoption Tax Credit Working Group, … Continue reading

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Russia May Lift Adoption Ban for Specific Adoption Cases

Uncertainty Continues for Children and Families Joint Council can confirm that the Government of Russia will honor the bilateral treaty signed by both countries during all of 2013.  The Government of Russia has provided the U.S. Department of State notice … Continue reading

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Watch: U.S. Ambassador Jacobs on Russian Adoption Ban

Christiane Amanpour interviews U.S. Ambassador Susan Jacobs, Special Advisor to the Secretary for Children’s Issues at the State Department, on the recent Russian ban on intercountry adoption to the U.S. To watch the interview click here.

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Adoption Alert: Russia Update from the Dept of State

On January 3, 2013  the U.S. Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues released the following alert regarding the Ban on Intercountry Adoptions to the United States. The update can be found on their website here.  Joint Council hopes to … Continue reading

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Congress Passes Adoption Tax Credit!

On January 1st, the US House of Representatives passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act (full text) which includes a permanent extension of the adoption tax credit and was signed into law on the 2nd.   As a more complete understanding of … Continue reading

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Congress Passes Universal Accreditation

All Adoption Service Providers Required to be Hague Accredited For the past 5 years Joint Council has championed the concept of universal accreditation and have implemented a policy to that end for 2013 Joint Council Partners.   We are therefore pleased … Continue reading

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Adoption Alert: Russia Update from Dept of State

On December 31, 2012 the U.S. Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues released the following alert regarding the Ban on Intercountry Adoptions to the United States. The update can be found on their website here.  Joint Council hopes to … Continue reading

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Update: Russia Adoption Survey and Conference call

There will be a conference call TODAY, at 4 PM EST, hosted by the Department of State. Information is provided below if you wish to participate in the call. Conference Call Invitation Friday, December 28, 2012; 4:00 pm EST The … Continue reading

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Putin Signs Ban on Intercountry Adoptions

In what we can only describe as a tragedy, earlier today President Putin signed the ban on intercountry adoption.  The law goes into effect on January 1, 2013 and while some details remain unclear, it is being reported that the … Continue reading

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Update: Russian Ban on Intercountry Adoption

Joint Council continues to actively advocate for a positive resolution to the pending intercountry adoption ban in Russia… Continue reading

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Adoption Alert: Russia

Please see the below alert from the Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues regarding intercountry adoptions from Russia.  Please note that it requests prospective adoptive parents adopting from Russia to send their information to the Dept of State.   It … Continue reading

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Potential Russian Ban of Intercountry Adoption to the United States

Russian Parliament Proposes Ban in Retaliation for the Magnitsky Act  As of December 19, 2012, legislation was brought before the Russian Parliament to ban intercountry adoptions from the United States. This amendment to the Dima Yakovlev List was proposed as … Continue reading

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CBS to air 14th Annual “A Home for the Holidays”

On Wednesday, December 19th, CBS will air the 14th annual “A Home for the Holidays.” This powerful special shares stories of foster care adoption and features performances from some of America’s top musical talent. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption … Continue reading

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Adoption Alert: The Honduran Adoption Authority

Instituto Hondureño de la Niñez y la Familia (IHNFA), is Currently Closed due to a Strike October 17, 2012 As of October 2, 2012, employees of the Instituto Hondureño de la Niñez y la Familia (IHNFA) are on strike and … Continue reading

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Department of State announces Agreement between U.S. and Russia regarding Cooperation in adoption of children will enter into force on November 1, 2012

Department of State (DOS) announced today that the Agreement between the United States of America and the Russian Federation Regarding Cooperation in Adoption of Children will enter into force on Nov. 1, 2012. Both U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) … Continue reading

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Special Needs section added to OrphanNutrition.org!

Joint Council, along with our partners Mead Johnson Nutrition Foundation and SPOON Foundation,  launched OrphanNutrition.org, a website serving as an international portal of resources for the global program A Child’s Best Start earlier this year. We have recently added a … Continue reading

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Most Vulnerable Casualty of DC Tax Battle May Be Orphans, Foster Kids

Amid talk of the “fiscal cliff” and how much wealthier Americans should pay the government, not much attention has been paid to the most vulnerable class of tax code casualties: orphans and foster kids desperately hoping to be placed in … Continue reading

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Procedure for Agency Accreditation in Haiti

The IBESR has released the procedures for getting accredited as an adoption service provider in Haiti. To view the document, click here.

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The National Action Plan on Children In Adversity

The National Action Plan on Children in Adversity (NAP) seeks to ensure that all children grow up within protective family care and free from violence, deprivation or danger. As supporters of the NAP, Joint Council, along with 92 other signees, called … Continue reading

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Save the Adoption Tax Credit

Adoption Tax Credit Working Group- Save the Adoption Tax Credit Save The Adoption Tax Credit is one of the most urgent and important initiatives Joint Council will make in 2012.   We are actively participating in a number of initiatives designed … Continue reading

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Notice: Adoptions from South Africa to Begin With Approval of U.S. Adoption Service Providers

Notice: Adoptions from South Africa to Begin With Approval of U.S. Adoption Service Providers   On June 6, 2012, the Department of State’s Special Advisor for Children’s Issues, Susan Jacobs, and U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg officials met with the South … Continue reading

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Notice: Approval of the Agreement between the United States of America and the Russian Federation Regarding Cooperation in Adoption of Children

  Notice: Approval of the Agreement between the United States of America and the Russian Federation Regarding Cooperation in Adoption of Children   On July 10, 2012 the Russian Duma approved the bilateral adoption agreement signed by Secretary of State … Continue reading

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Letter to President Obama Regarding Adoptee Deportatio​n

Date    June 13, 2012 Letter to President Obama Regarding Adoptee Deportation Two days ago Joint Council and several of its partner organizations signed a letter to President Barack Obama regarding the deportation of adult adoptee Kairi Shepherd. The letter begins as … Continue reading

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Guatemala: President to speed up 350 US adoptions

From Politico: Guatemala’s president says he’s willing to speed up 350 adoptions by U.S. couples that were in process before his Central American nation suspended adoptions by foreigners in 2007 following allegations of fraud and baby theft. President Otto Perez … Continue reading

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Romania: USDOS Adoption Notice – New Adoption Law in Effect

From the US Department of State: April 10, 2012 The Romanian Office for Adoptions announced that its new adoption law went into effect on April 7, 2012.  The new law allows for intercountry adoptions of Romanian children by relatives of the … Continue reading

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Adoption Notice: Romania

Adoption Notice: Romania New Adoption Law in Effect April 11, 2012 The Romanian Office for Adoptions announced that its new adoption law went into effect on April 7, 2012. The new law allows for intercountry adoptions of Romanian children by … Continue reading

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Kazakhstan: USDOS Adoption Notice – Approval of New Hague Convention Adoption Process

From the US Department of State: April 5, 2012 The Ministry of Education and Science, the Central Authority of Kazakhstan, has confirmed that the governmental decree approving its new policies to process intercountry adoptions and accredit adoption agencies in Kazakhstan … Continue reading

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Korean Ministry of Health & Welfare’s Special Act on Adoption to come into force August 2012

March 31, 2012 From the Korean Ministry of Health & Welfare: Subject: The careful deliberation before child adoption and family court permit system is being introduced. Adopted child will be given the status of foster child equal to biological child so … Continue reading

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Adoption Alert: Government of Laos Announces Suspension of Intercountry Adoption

March 30, 2012 The Office of the Government of Laos announced on February 20, 2012, that the authorization to allow foreigners to adopt Lao children is suspended until appropriate regulations and procedures are established on intercountry adoption.  Updated information will be … Continue reading

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Bhutan: USDOS Adoption Alert – Notice on Suspension of all Intercountry Adoptions in Bhutan

March 26, 2012 From the US Department of State: March 23, 2012 Effective January 1, 2012, the Government of Bhutan temporarily suspended all intercountry adoptions pending approval of a new adoption law by the King.  The adoption bill was drafted … Continue reading

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Joint Council Position Openings!

Joint Council is pleased to announce three exciting position openings for the 2012 year!  This is a great opportunity for individuals, college students, or graduate students to gain hands on experience in the field of children’s welfare.  In the past, … Continue reading

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Adoption Notice: Cambodia

The Office of Children’s Issues wishes to provide a further update for U.S. citizens interested in intercountry adoptions with Cambodia. The Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation recently announced to all embassies with diplomatic and consular missions in … Continue reading

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Russia: Putin Urges Limiting Foreign Adoption of Russian Kids

March 9, 2012 From RIA Novosti: The adoption of Russian children by foreign families should become a “rare exception,” prime minister and president-elect Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday. “We should try to ensure that most [Russian] children find their families here … Continue reading

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India: USDOS Adoption Notice – CARA Lifts Temporary Suspension of Acceptance of New Dossiers

March 9, 2012 From the US Department of State: March 7, 2012 This is an update to our notice dated October 5, 2011 announcing a temporary suspension on the acceptance of new intercountry adoption cases in India.   CARA has informed … Continue reading

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Adverse Action taken by Council on Accreditation towards Huminska’s Anioly, Inc.

March 8, 2012 From the US Department of State: On March 2, 2012, the Council on Accreditation (COA) made the decision to temporarily suspend Huminska’s Anioly, Inc. for failing to maintain substantial compliance with the Hague accreditation standards. Huminska’s Anioly, Inc. … Continue reading

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Democratic Republic of Congo: USDOS Adoption Notice – Release of Adopted Children from Orphanages

March 8, 2012 From the US Department of State: Democratic Republic of Congo March 5, 2012 Notice: Release of Adopted Children from Orphanages Prospective adoptive parents considering adopting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) should be aware that … Continue reading

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Senegal: USDOS Adoption Alert – Suspension of New Applications to Adopt

March 6, 2012 From the US Department of State: Senegal March 05, 2012 Alert: Suspension of New Applications to Adopt The Government of Senegal has announced that it is temporarily suspending all new intercountry adoptions while it focuses on implementing … Continue reading

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Adoptees deported by US

March 6, 2012 From The Korea Times: Until 2001, when Korean children were sent to the U.S. for overseas adoption, it was their adoptive parents’ responsibility to naturalize them as U.S. citizens… Unlike European governments, the U.S. government did not … Continue reading

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Russia: USDOS Adoption Notice – Regional Suspensions on Adoption Processing in Russia

March 5, 2012 From the US Department of State: March 01, 2012 The Department of State has received reports that local departments of education and some judges in Russia have instituted a de facto freeze on adoptions to the United … Continue reading

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Adoption Organizations Support President’s Proposal to Extend the Adoption Tax Credit

February 29, 2012 Joint Council is pleased to announce that we have joined forces with a vast group of adoption organizations to support the President’s proposal to extend the Adoption Tax Credit.  A Press Release regarding the letter is below.  … Continue reading

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Russia: USDOS Adoption Notice – Processing Time for Adoptions Increased

  February 22, 2012 From the US Department of State: Russia February 21, 2012 Notice: Processing Time for Adoptions Increased On January 1, 2012, the Russian Family Code was amended so that presiding judges will announce decisions in cases, including … Continue reading

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Reinstatement of U.S. Adoption Agency by IHNFA

February 22, 2012 The U.S. Embassy in Honduras informs citizens that the Instituto Hondureño de la Niñez y la Familia (IHNFA ) recently reinstated U.S. adoption agency Gladney Center for Adoption, per IHNFA’s resolution SG-009-2012.   This message updates the prior … Continue reading

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Malawi: USDOS Adoption Notice – Ongoing Nationwide Judicial Strike Closes Courts in Malawi

February 22, 2012 From the US Department of State: Malawi Feburary 08, 2012 Notice: Ongoing Nationwide Judicial Strike Closes Courts in Malawi Due to a nationwide judicial strike by certain judicial employees in Malawi, the court system halted all functions … Continue reading

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Macedonia Sacks Suspected Adoption Racketeers

February 16, 2012 From Balkan Insight: Minister Spiro Ristovski has sacked the heads of welfare centres in the towns of Radovish and Krushevo, suspended 28 welfare ministry employees and has proposed the sackings of five others. Last November the ministry … Continue reading

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Update: Russia Intercountry Adoptions

Over the last week there have been various news reports that Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs intends to suspend adoptions to the United States until the previously signed bi-lateral agreement between the United States and Russia is ratified by the … Continue reading

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“Senate Foreign Relations Committee Seeks Input From Adoptive Families”

It has come to our attention that there has been some confusion about the origin of the survey below.  To clarify, the survey was created and circulated at the request of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  As stated in the … Continue reading

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In The News – “The Wheat and the Weeds”

The following article about a little girl’s Guatemala900 international adoption recently appeared in Guatemala’s Prensa Libre newspaper…. Click here to see original article in the Prensa Libre.   (Photo: Lesly Mariela Vasquez Guarcas) It is apparent that even the best … Continue reading

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Ex-US diplomat testifies in Argentine baby thefts

February 8, 2012 From the Associated Press (via Google): A former U.S. diplomat testified Thursday that American officials knew Argentina’s military regime was taking babies from dead or jailed dissidents during its “dirty war” against leftists in the 1970s, and … Continue reading

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Uruguay approves $513,000 settlement for disappearance, illegal adoption during dictatorship

February 8, 2012 From The Washington Post with Foreign Policy: Uruguay’s president has approved a $513,000 payment to Macarena Gelman, who was illegally adopted during the dictatorship after her mother was tortured and disappeared. The payment complies with an Inter-American … Continue reading

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Canada: Agency closure puts prospective parents on hold

February 8, 2012 From CTV News Calgary: A Manitoba based adoption agency is shutting down and now several Alberta families are worried about the welfare of the children and the status of their adoptions. The Canadian Advocate for the Adoption … Continue reading

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USCIS Unable to Resume Processing Adoptions from Vietnam

February 8, 2012 From USCIS: Released Feb. 2, 2011 Intercountry Adoptions Under the Hague Adoption Convention WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced it cannot approve a Form I-800, Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate … Continue reading

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Vietnam Adoption Notice – U.S. Department of State to delay resuming adoptions in Vietnam

February 3, 2012 From the US Department of State: Vietnam February 2012 Notice: U.S. Department of State to delay resuming adoptions in Vietnam The United States has determined that it will not resume intercountry adoptions in Vietnam on February 1, … Continue reading

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Honduras: US Embassy Message for U.S. Citizens – Barring of Two U.S. Adoption Agencies by IHNFA

February 3, 2012 From The US Embassy (Honduras): Message for U.S. Citizens – Barring of Two U.S. Adoption Agencies by IHNFA  The U.S. Embassy in Honduras informs citizens that the Instituto Hondureño de la Niñez y la Familia (IHNFA ) … Continue reading

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U.S. Not To Resume Adoption With Vietnam

The U.S. Department of State has issued a Notice confirming that the U.S. will not resume intercountry adoption with Vietnam.  The Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption went into force in Vietnam on February 1, 2012 however the Department of State … Continue reading

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Nepal: USDOS Adoption Notice – U.S. Department of State Continues to Recommend Against Adopting from Nepal

January 20, 2012 From the US Department of State: Nepal January 19, 2012 Notice: U.S. Department of State Continues to Recommend Against Adopting from Nepal On August 6, 2010, the U. S. Department of State and United States Citizenship and … Continue reading

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Kazakhstan: US DOS Adoption Notice – Kazakhstan New Family and Marriage Code Signed into Law

January 17, 2012 From the US Department of State: U.S. Mission Kazakhstan has reported that President Nazarbayev signed into law the new Family and Marriage Code on December 26, 2011. The Ministry of Education now awaits government approval of its … Continue reading

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Kazakhstan: USDOS Adoption Alert – Update Ministry of Education plans to match families with pending adoption dossiers

January 17, 2012 From the US Department of State: According to the Government of Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Education (MoE), all pending adoption dossiers that were not matched with children by December 15, 2010, will be returned and will have to … Continue reading

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Ukraine: US Department of State Adoption Alert – SDA resumes processing adoptions in Ukraine

January 17, 2012 From the US Department of State: On July 14, 2011, the presidential order which extends the State Department on Adoption’s (SDA’s) authority to process adoptions was published in Ukraine. We have been informed by the SDA that … Continue reading

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Families bring Vietnamese orphans home following three year fight

January 9, 2012 From Fox 59 (Indiana): A time of celebration, tears of joy, and indescribable emotion. Wednesday, two central Indiana families got their miracle, years in the making. Three years ago, three Indiana couples thought they were months away … Continue reading

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USCIS complacency surrounding alleged fraud in exporting Ethiopian children

January 9, 2012 From Ethiomedia: Author: Yosef Yacob Despite the documented facts demonstrating fraud and misrepresentation, the unsettling status quo persists with superficial changes by the USCIS and the Department of State devoid of any effective protocols to ferret out … Continue reading

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Comprehensive Health Evaluation of the Newly Adopted Child

From the American Academy of Pediatrics Clinical Report Veronnie F. Jones, MD, PhD, MSPH and  COMMITTEE ON EARLY CHILDHOOD, ADOPTION, AND DEPENDENT CARE Pamela C. High, MD Elaine Donoghue, MD Jill J. Fussell, MD Mary Margaret Gleason, MD Paula K. Jaudes, … Continue reading

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Failed Adoptions Lead to More Homeless Youth

January 9, 2012 From Chicago News Cooperative: Lamar West has lost parents twice in his life. The first time was when he was 4; the second was a month before his 18th birthday. The circumstances differed, but the outcomes did … Continue reading

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Announcing the winner of Joint Council’s 4th Annual Photo Contest…

  Joint Council is pleased to announced the winner of the 2011 A Picture Perfect Moment Photo Contest: London Clark! Congratulations to London and the Clark Family! Joint Council would like to thank each and every family that sent in … Continue reading

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Update: Processing Plan for CNA Cases

The Office of Children’s Issues provides updates to interested families and adoption service providers regarding Guatemalan intercountry adoptions.  If you received this e-mail in error and do not wish to receive future updates please notify AskCI@state.gov using the subject line: … Continue reading

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Ethiopia: USCIS publishes notes from October 28th stakeholder meeting

December 12, 2011 From USCIS:  Executive Summary Teleconference on Ethiopian Adoptions Background On October 28, 2011, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of State (DOS) hosted a stakeholder engagement to discuss the increased number of adoption petitions … Continue reading

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Democratic Republic of Congo – USDOS Adoption Notice: New contact information for its Adoption Unit

December 12, 2011 From US Department of State: Democratic Republic of Congo Notice: New contact information for its Adoption Unit The Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa would like to inform the public that it has new contact … Continue reading

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Russia: Kremlin Knocks U.S. for ‘Silence’ on Adopted Child’s Death

December 6, 2011 From The Moscow Times: The United States “inexcusably” failed to inform Moscow about the death of a Russian-born toddler adopted by an American couple, a Kremlin official said Friday, highlighting tensions over an adoption accord that the two countries signed in July. Russia’s children’s rights commissioner … Continue reading

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Exposing Corruption in International Adoption

December 1, 2011 From Philanthropy.com: Tiny Spark is new podcast on the business of doing good. The first installment takes a look at corruption in international adoption and how it has caused problems despite the generous impulses of many parents. … Continue reading

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Sri Lanka: Investigation called to probe baby farm

December 1, 2011 From The Times Online: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has been called in to investigate the suspected baby farm that was uncovered by the authorities at an orphanage at Rawattawatte in Moratuwa on Wednesday evening, a senior … Continue reading

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International Exhibition: Life In Motion – “I Want To Walk”

Life in Motion, a unique photo exhibition created to raise awareness about orphaned children who are unable to live a fulfilled life due to their physical limitations will premier on December 8th at the Rita K. Hillman Education Gallery in … Continue reading

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Russia Attacks Sentence of Adoptee’s Parents

November 23, 2011 From the New York Times: The Russian government reacted furiously on Saturday to what it described as an unjustly lenient sentence in the case of a Pennsylvania couple who were originally charged with murder in the death … Continue reading

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Fewer Babies Available For Adoption By U.S. Parents

November 23, 2011 From NPR: Motivated by the desire to provide a home to a needy child, parents like the Franklins don’t like to talk about international adoption as a business. But clearly the market forces of supply and demand … Continue reading

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US Department of State releases FY 2011 Annual Report on Intercountry Adoption

November 22, 2011 Access the FY 2011 Annual Report on Intercountry Adoption from the US Department of Statehere.

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Ethiopia: US Department of State Adoption Notice – Procedure for Processing Adoption Cases

November 22, 2011 From the US Department of State: Ethiopia November 16, 2011 Notice: Procedure for Processing Adoption Cases This notice provides supplemental information to the adoption notice of October 7, 2011, adding additional details on the process applicable to orphan … Continue reading

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Ethiopia: US Department of State Adoption Notice – Procedure for Processing Adoption Cases – November 16, 2011

November 22, 2011 From the US Department of State: Ethiopia November 16, 2011 Notice: Procedure for Processing Adoption Cases This notice provides supplemental information to the adoption notice of October 7, 2011, adding additional details on the process applicable to orphan … Continue reading

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US Department of State gives definition of “not clearly approvable” I-600 petitions

November 22, 2011 From the US Department of State: “Not Clearly Approvable” Defined Consular officers at U.S. Embassies and Consulates have limited, delegated authority from the United States Citizen and Immigration Service to approve Form I-600 petitions that are found to … Continue reading

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Ethiopia: USCIS Update on Processing of “not clearly approvable” cases

November 22, 2011 From U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: From: Public Engagement <Public.Engagement@uscis.dhs.gov> Dear Stakeholder: The USCIS team in Addis Ababa completed its site visit.  We are pleased to report that the team was able to complete its review of all … Continue reading

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Clarification: South Africa tightens rules for foreign adoptions

The following was received by Joint Council in response to an update we posted on October 17, 2011 entitled “South Africa tightens rules for foreign adoptions.” This response is a clarification to the following line from the original post: “Since … Continue reading

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USCIS Update: Ethiopia

November 16, 2011 USCIS UPDATE ON PROCESSING OF “NOT CLEARLY APPROVABLE” CASES REFERRED BY EMBASSY ADDIS ABABA A USCIS team of four officers arrived in Ethiopia and began working at Embassy Addis Ababa on November 7, 2011.  As of the … Continue reading

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Vietnam: US Department of State Adoption Notice – Vietnam ratifies the Hague Adoption Convention

November 15, 2011 From the US Department of State: Vietnam November 2011 Notice: Vietnam ratifies the Hague Adoption Convention The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption will enter into force in Vietnam on … Continue reading

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Irish adoptions from Vietnam to resume

November 15, 2011 From the Irish Times: Vietnam has ratified the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, allowing Irish couples to adopt children from the country once more. The ratification will come into force on February 1st. Until 2009, adoptions into Ireland from … Continue reading

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Russia to sign child adoption deals with European countries

November 15, 2011 From RIA Novosti: Russia plans to sign bilateral agreements on child adoption with France, the U.K., Holland, Spain and Germany, the country’s ombudsman for children’s rights, Pavel Astakhov, said on Monday. “The agreement between Russia and France … Continue reading

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Taiwan: Government expected to pass strict laws regarding adoption of children

November 15, 2011 From The China Post: The Legislature is expected to pass a law tomorrow to impose stricter regulations on child adoption, a newspaper reported yesterday. The proposed revisions to the child welfare law address concerns over buying and … Continue reading

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Nepal: ‘Orphan’ girls rescued from Tamil Nadu

November 4, 2011 From The Hindustan Times: For parents in Humla, a remote district in mid-western Nepal, Dala Bahadur Phadera was something of an angel. Worried about their children’s future during the civil war, they found Phadera’s proposal to send … Continue reading

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Mission group uncovers fraud, child trafficking in orphanage after Haiti quake

November 4, 2011 From WSBTV (ABC): A Gainesville-based missionary organization said it has uncovered fraud and possible child trafficking in Haiti — at the same orphanage the group has been trying to help. “We work where the need is greatest,” … Continue reading

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Tennessee woman who sent boy back to Russia sued for child support

November 4, 2011 From The Tennessean: A Shelbyville woman who put her adopted son on a one-way flight back to Russia is being sued for child support. The agency that placed the 7-year-old Russian child with Torry Hansen filed suit, … Continue reading

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Announcing Joint Council’s 4th Annual National Adoption Month Photo Contest

Our 4th annual National Adoption Month Photo Contest will be open for submissions November 1st- November 30, 2011. We are looking for beautiful, inspiring photos of all types of children- children in orphanages, foster homes, or adoptive families, engaged in … Continue reading

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Guatemala Sentences 2 in US Adoption Case

October 27, 2011 From ABC News: A Guatemalan court sentenced two women to 16 and 21 years in prison on Monday for trafficking a stolen baby who was given for adoption to a U.S. family. Special prosecutor Lorena Maldonado said … Continue reading

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USCIS Stakeholder Meeting on Ethiopian Adoptions

Meeting Invitation: USCIS Stakeholder Meeting on Ethiopian Adoptions Friday, October 28, 2011 @ 10:30 am (EDT) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) would like to invite you to attend a stakeholder call to discuss USCIS processing of Ethiopian adoption cases which … Continue reading

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Abandoned in Guatemala: The Failure of Intercountry Adoption Practices

October 19, 2011 This month a documentary by reasontv has been released regarding the elimination of intercountry adoption in Guatemala. The video shows a side of the elimination not often discussed in the media. We encourage our colleagues and friends … Continue reading

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Adoption Notice: Ethiopia Confirmation of Orphanage Closures in Ethiopia

October 17, 2011 Ethiopian government officials confirmed the closure of several orphanages in the Southern Nations state due to revocation of the orphanages’ operational licenses.  Each orphanage in Ethiopia receives an operational license that the Charities and Societies Administration administers … Continue reading

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Nigerian baby factory raided

October 17, 2011 From News24: Police in southern Nigeria have raided a purported orphanage where they found 17 pregnant girls, arresting the owner on suspicion of planning to sell their babies, a spokesperson said on Saturday. The owner and a … Continue reading

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South Africa tightens rules for foreign adoptions

October 17, 2011 From 9 News: In the wake of Madonna’s adoptions in nearby Malawi, and a commercial surrogacy boom in India, South Africa is laying out stricter rules for foreigners looking to make families here.Last month a court in … Continue reading

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Adoption Is Not a Solution for Poor Children

September 27, 2011 From The American Prospect: …Although UNICEF is often quoted as saying that there are 163 million orphans today, few people understand that the vast majority of those have lost only one parent—and most of the rest are … Continue reading

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Nepal: Children for sale

September 27, 2011 From Al Jazeera: Orphaned, abandoned or trafficked? That is the question facing foreigners who wish to adopt Nepali children. International adoption services have provided a lucrative business to poverty-stricken Nepal. But in 2007, Nepal stopped adoptions for … Continue reading

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Guatemala: US Department of State Adoption Notice – CNA Processing Framework for U.S. Cases Under Its Authority

September 27, 2011 From the US Department of State: Guatemala Notice: CNA Processing Framework for U.S. Cases Under Its Authority On Friday August 19, 2011, the Guatemalan Central Adoption Authority (CNA) published in the Guatemalan government’s official register a new … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Notice from the US Embassy in Vietnam

September 27, 2011 From The Embassy of the United States, Hanoi, Vietnam: General Information The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Adoptions between the United States and Vietnam expired on September 1, 2008. Intercountry adoption from Vietnam to the U.S. is … Continue reading

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Suspension of Saint Mary International Adoption lifted

Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, October 4, 2011: The Council on Accreditation (COA) has announced that effective October 2, 2011 it has terminated the suspension of the Hague accreditation of Saint Mary International Adoption that was imposed effective … Continue reading

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Supension of Joshua Tree Adoptions Inc. lifted

Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, October 4, 2011: The Council on Accreditation (COA) has announced that effective September 27, 2011, it has terminated the suspension of the Hague accreditation of Joshua Tree Adoptions Inc. that was imposed effective … Continue reading

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Ethiopia Adoption Notice: Information regarding processing of Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative, Filed at the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa

Department of State Ethiopia Adoption Notice, October 7, 2011: In January, April and September, 2011, the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, the Office of Children’s Issues of the Department of State, and the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and … Continue reading

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India Notice: Update on CARA’s Temporary Suspension of Acceptance of New Dossiers

Department of State India Adoption Notice, October 5, 2011: CARA has informed the Department of State that they will not accept new adoption applications until December 31, 2011. CARA is giving priority to processing applications started before the release of … Continue reading

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NBC Teleconference: “Bringing Your Internationally Adopted Child to the United States” (Final Steps in the Adoption Process)

Thursday October 13, 2011 @ 1:30 pm (CST) The USCIS National Benefits Center (NBC) invites any adoptive parents, adoption service providers and any other interested parties to participate in a national stakeholder meeting on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 1:30pm … Continue reading

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Adoption Notice: Guatemala

CNA Processing Framework for U.S. Cases Under Its Authority September 28, 2011 On Friday August 19, 2011, the Guatemalan Central Adoption Authority (CNA) published in the Guatemalan government’s official register a new processing framework for the limited group of pending U.S. … Continue reading

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Vietnam ‘ready to sign up to adoption convention’

It has emerged that following discussions between the Irish and Vietnamese authorities, Vietnam is preparing to ratify the Hague Convention on inter-country Adoption. Read more here.

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Government Plans Fresh Changes In Armenian Child Adoption Rules

The Armenian government is planning to make fresh and potentially far-reaching changes in its rules and procedures for international adoptions of children from Armenia following an RFE/RL report suggesting that they may still be riddled with corruption. To read this … Continue reading

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Joint Council and the Mead Johnson Nutrition Foundation Work Together to Help Vulnerable Children Worldwide

Alexandria, Va, September 20, 2011 – Recognizing that proper nutrition is critical to every child’s growth and development, The Joint Council on International Children’s Services and the Mead Johnson Nutrition Foundation today announced the launch of a program dedicated to … Continue reading

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Cambodia moves to limit orphanage boom

On September 9th, 2011 the Cambodian government introduced guidelines aiming to better protect orphans and vulnerable children after childcare experts voiced alarm over an unregulated boom in orphanages. You can read the article here.

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Adverse Action taken by Council on Accreditation towards Joshua Tree Adoptions, Inc.

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of State, Office of Children’s Issues announced that the Council on Accreditation has taken adverse action towards Joshua Tree Adoptions, Inc.  The full text of the announcement can be seen below, as well as on the … Continue reading

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Guatemala Issues Adoption Decree for Pending Adoptions

The government of Guatemala has issued a new adoption decree which may result in the completion of some pending intercountry adoptions.  Although this decree will affect  only a limited number of children, it does appear to be a significant advancement … Continue reading

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Raising Awareness, Affecting Change

Last week we distributed an Executive Report to Joint Council Members which forecasts the continued suffering of children in need of a safe and permanent family. If current policies are not changed, in the next ten years over 250,000 children … Continue reading

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Ethiopia: State Department Adoption Notice

Notice: Confirmation of Orphanage Closures in Ethiopia Ethiopian government officials have confirmed that several orphanages in the Southern Nations state are closed due to revocation of their licenses to operate by Ethiopian authorities. These orphanages are: SOS Infants Ethiopia (Arbaminch, … Continue reading

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Mexico: State Department Adoption Notice

Notice: Mexican Central Authority granted national authorization to an additional U.S. based Hague Accredited adoption service provider. The Mexican Central Authority recently granted national authorization to provide adoption services in Mexico to an additional U.S. based Hague accredited adoption service … Continue reading

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China: CCCWA Request for Adoptive Families

Dear Friends and Families, We hope you will be able to participate in a commemorative book which will soon be published by the China Center for Child Welfare and Adoption. This is a unique opportunity to honor the CCCWA’s service … Continue reading

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India: State Department Adoption Notice

July 24, 2011 CARA recently released new guidelines for intercountry adoptions. Please visit CARA’s website at http://www.adoptionindia.nic.in/ for further information. CARA also recently announced a temporary freeze on the acceptance of new adoption dossiers as it attempts to clear a … Continue reading

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Ethiopia: State Department Adoption Notice

State Department Adoption Notice regarding the closure of Ethiopian orphanages, July 24, 2011. Continue reading

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Russia: State Department Adoption Notice

Secretary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov Sign Adoption Agreement July 13, 2011 The Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security announced today, July 13, 2011, that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov … Continue reading

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Ukraine: State Department Adoption Alert

Adoption Alert: Ukraine Presidential order expected to allow SDA to continue processing adoptions in Ukraine July 12, 2011 On July 8, 2011, the president of Ukraine signed an order which extends the State Department on Adoption’s (SDA’s) authority to process … Continue reading

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India: HC demands notification on adoption

The High Court now demands notification on adoptions in India. New guidelines aim to streamline the adoption process and verify the source of each child prior to their placement for adoption. Continue reading

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Cambodia: State Department Adoption Notice

6/2011 Notice: Update of status of adoptions in Cambodia The Office of Children’s Issues wishes to provide a further update for American Citizens interested in intercountry adoptions with Cambodia. Although Cambodia is a party to the Hague Adoption Convention, they … Continue reading

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Kyrgyzstan: State Department Adoption Notice

6/2/11 Alert: Kyrgyzstan Adoption In October 2008, the previous government of Kyrgyzstan halted all intercountry adoptions in response to allegations of corruption and illegal processing. The new government has not yet implemented a new processing system, and at this time … Continue reading

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Ukraine: State Department Adoption Notice

5/20/11 Notice: Ukrainian Family Code Amendments and adoption processing in Ukraine On May 19, the Ukrainian government passed an amendment to its Family Code to require orphans to be registered on the central adoption registry for one year and to … Continue reading

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Mexico: Adoption Notice

5/19/11 Notice: Adoption Service Providers Authorized in Mexico The Mexican Central Authority (MCA) has provided the U.S. Central Authority (USCA) with information clarifying its process to authorize U.S.-based Hague accredited adoption service providers (ASPs) to provide adoption services in Mexico. … Continue reading

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Guatemala: Adoption Notice

06/02/2011  Adoption Notice: Guatemala Office of Children’s Issues Meeting with the Consejo Nacional de Adopciones in Washington, DC on April 14, 2011   On April 14, 2011, the Office of Children’s Issues (CI) met with: Elizabeth de Larios, President of … Continue reading

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Ethiopia: Adoption Notice

.Adoption Notice: Ethiopia Update on adoption case processing by MOWCYA in Ethiopia The U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia has received information from the Ministry of Women, Children and Youth Affairs indicating that processing of cases that received a court summons prior … Continue reading

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Kyrgyz Republic: Kyrgyzstan to reopen foreign adoption program

05/17/2011 Access article here On May 6th, President Roza Otunbaeva signed into law a bill that will allow prospective foreign parents to adopt from Kyrgyzstan, after a two-year moratorium… Despite political upheaval that consumed the country last year, Kyrgyzstan managed … Continue reading

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Democratic Republic of Congo: Change to travel requirement for prospective adoptive parents

05/13/2011 The Department of State has issued the following notice in regards to the Democratic Republic of the Congo: (see original article here) The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa has been verbally informed by the Direction Generale de Migration in Kinshasa (Immigration … Continue reading

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4/29/2011: U.S. Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues Update

The U.S. Department of State, Office of Children’s Issues has released the following Notice regarding Ukraine.  The Notice can also be found on their website. On the evening of April 7, 2011, President Yanukovych signed a Decree transferring all functions … Continue reading

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CCCWA update regarding post-placement requirements

The China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) has posted updated information regarding the Requirements for the Content and Format of Post Placement Reports.  Details are listed below and can also be found on their website. Adoption agencies should … Continue reading

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U.S. Supports UNICEF Child Adoption Program in Vietnam

The following Press Release has been issued by the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam regarding U.S. government support of a UNICEF Child Adoption Program in Vietnam.  The press release can also be viewed on their website by clicking here. The United … Continue reading

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Nepal: Updates from the Dept of State

The U.S. Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues has released the following Notice regarding adoptions from Nepal.  The Notice can also be viewed on their website. Government of Nepal Announces Amendments to 2008 Terms and Conditions On January 5, … Continue reading

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Cambodia: Ban Will Remain on US Adoptions

04/19/2011 Im Sothearith, VOA Khmer | Washington, DC Find the original article here. The US put a ban on Cambodian adoptions in December 2001. Since 2009, Cambodia has been trying to meet international standards for adoption. However, US officials and … Continue reading

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Ethiopia: What Does the Future Hold for Ethiopian Orphans?

04/17/2011 What Does the Future Hold for Ethiopian Orphans? By Meron Tekleberhan Original Source can be found here. Addis Ababa, April 17, 2011 (Ezega.com) – Judging from the large numbers of American and European adoptive parents and their Ethiopian children … Continue reading

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Russia: Real Hope for Russia’s Orphans Begins with Changes at Home

04/13/2011 Read full article here. Protecting Russia’s orphans April 13, 2011 Svetlana Smetanina Russian government is finally tackling the problem of adoptions by foreign citizens in earnest. A watershed event is scheduled to take place in May: the signing of … Continue reading

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Adoption increasingly crosses racial, ethnic lines

An article by Sharon Jayson of USA Today, with remarks from our close friend Adam Pertman, regarding the impact of race on international adoption. Read the article below or follow the direct link: here. CHICAGO – With 130,000 children adopted each … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Adoption Deal Unlikely Until Concerns Resolved

04/12/2011 Conall Ó Fátharta of the Irish Examiner discusses adoption in Vietnam. Read the full article below or follow this link. Vietnam adoption deal unlikely until concerns resolved By Conall Ó Fátharta Tuesday, April 12, 2011 THE Adoption Authority will … Continue reading

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China: Single Female Adoption Notice

04/12/2011 The State Department has issued the following notice regarding China’s Single Female Adoption Policy (for full article please see here): The China Centre for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) formally known as CCAA (the China Centre of Adoption Affairs … Continue reading

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Russia: U.S. Adoption Treaty to be Signed in May

04/08/2011 Read the full article below or follow this link. _____________________________________________________________________ Russia may next month sign an agreement with the United States to ensure the safety of Russian children adopted by U.S. families, Russia’s ombudsman for child rights said on … Continue reading

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Ukraine: State Department Alert

04/08/2011 The State Department has issued an alert in regards to Ukrainian adoption. See below or follow this link. On the evening of April 7, 2011, President Yanukovych signed a Decree transferring all functions of, the State Department for Adoption … Continue reading

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Ethiopia: USCIS Briefing on Joint USCIS/State Adoption Site Visit to Ethiopia

04/06/2011 Can be found in full here.

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Ethiopia: US Dept of State Adoption Notice – Delays Expected

The Department of State has published a Notice on Ethiopian Adoptions: Significant delays remain likely for cases presented to Ethiopia’s Ministry of Women, Children and Youth Affairs after March 8, 2011. The content of the notice is supported by Joint … Continue reading

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Latvia: Post-Adoption Reporting Requirements

04/05/2011 The State Department has issued a notice regarding Latvia. See below or follow this link. Notice: Post-adoption reporting requirements This Adoption Notice replaces the Adoption Notice dated May 25, 2010, on post-adoption reporting requirements for Latvia. Latvia requires periodic … Continue reading

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Human Rights Fellowship at Joint Council

Through a collaborative effort with the National Democratic Institute and Freedom House, we are pleased to announce Onur Yilmaz as Joint Council’s Legislative Fellow beginning on April 10th. Onur is a founding Board Member of Gündem: Çocuk! (Agenda: Child!), a … Continue reading

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Christian Alliance Adoption Summit on May 12-13

The Christian Alliance for Orphans will hold their seventh orphan summit, SUMMIT VII, on May 12-13, 2011 in Louisville, KY. Tom DiFilipo along with Kathleen Strottman, Executive Director of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute and Chuck Johnson of the … Continue reading

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Joint Council 2011 Service Award Honorees

Each year, Joint Council publicly recognizes four individuals who have demonstrated the highest level of service to children and families.  Whether they are volunteers, professionals or public servants, they have served as examples to us all.   We will continue … Continue reading

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Amercian University to host “Stolen Children: Illegal Practices in Intercountry Adoption”

The UNROW Human Rights Impact Litigation Clinic at Washington College of Law, American University is presenting “Stolen Children: Illegal Practices in Inter-country Adoption and the Need for Reform” on April 4, 2011 from 6:30 – 9:00 pm. Joint Council’s Tom … Continue reading

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Ethiopia: USCIS to Conduct Briefing

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will facilitate a meeting on Ethiopian adoptions for all stakeholders including adoptive families.  The meeting will take place on April 6, 2011.  The USCIS announcement and invitation is available below or here. It is … Continue reading

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Ethiopia Adoptions: A Q&A by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a Q&A on Ethiopian adoptions.  The Q&A is highly valuable to adoptive families and all service providers.  A few of the highlights of the Q&A are; USCIS and Department of State are … Continue reading

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U.S. Dept of State Annoucnement: Ethiopia

The following announcement was issued by the U.S. Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues on March 16, 2011.  It can also be found on their website. U.S. Department of State, Office of Children’s Issues, Adoption Division hosted a conference … Continue reading

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Dr. Jane Aronson – An Open Letter to President Clinton

Dr. Jane Aronson, Founder and CEO of Worldwide Orphans Foundation and Joint Council Board Member, has issued an “open letter” to former President Bill Clinton where she pressed for stronger diplomatic efforts to reverse the Ethiopian government’s recent decision to … Continue reading

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Ambassador Jacobs Travels to Cambodia and Vietnam

The US Department of State has issued the following statement regarding Special Advisor for Children’s Issues Ambassador Susan Jacobs visit to Cambodia and Vietnam. Since joining the Office of Children’s Issues, Ambassador Jacobs has been a tireless advocate traveling to … Continue reading

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China Opens Adoption to Single Women

The China Center of Adoption Affairs (CCAA) has announced that single women may once again adopt in China beginning today, March 15, 2011. Single adoptions, which once comprised over a quarter of all intercountry adoptions in China, will now be … Continue reading

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Ethiopia – Update 3/14/11

Various blogs and listservs are reporting that the Ethiopian Ministry of Women, Children and Youth Affairs has announced a revised plan which includes the processing of 20 adoption cases per day.  While Joint Council has also been provided with this … Continue reading

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Japan – Response to Earthquake and Tsunami

Our hearts go out to our friends, colleagues and everyone in Japan. The massive earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan on March 11 continues to bring devastation, loss and suffering of an unimaginable scale. As was said after the Haiti … Continue reading

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Ethiopia: Washington Times Article by Andrea Poe

Author and journalist Andrea Poe published Ethiopia Adoptions May Be In Peril in the Washington Times on Friday, March 11, 2011.  See below or click here for the full text of the article. _________________________________________________________ NEW YORK – Ethiopia is poised … Continue reading

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Ethiopia Update 3/11/11

Following are our notes from the Department of State Office of Children’s Issues conference call regarding Ethiopian adoptions conducted earlier today. These notes do not represent nor are they in any way attributable to the Department of State or US … Continue reading

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Ethiopia Update 3/10/11

Processing Limit It has been confirmed that the new policy of limiting the number of adoption cases processed by the Ethiopian Ministry of Women’s, Children’s and Youth Affairs went into effect today, March 10, 2011 with 5 cases being completed.   … Continue reading

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Ethiopia: AP Article by David Crary

Associated Press National Writer David Crary published Ethiopia Moves to Sharply Reduce Foreign Adoptions in various media outlets earlier today.  Click here for the full text of the article.

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Emergency Campaign for Ethiopia: Update

In only 24-hours, over 11,000 concerned individuals have joined our Emergency Campaign for Ethiopian Children by signing our petition. We extend our thanks to all who have supported this initiative by signing the petition, distributing the campaign information and expressing … Continue reading

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Adoption Alert: Ethiopia

The U.S. Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues had released the following Adoption Alert regarding Ethiopia: ______________________________________________________________________________________ Government of Ethiopia Plans Major Slow-Down in Adoption Processing March 9, 2011 Citing the need to work on quality and focus on … Continue reading

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Ethiopia: Statement on Children’s Services

March 9, 2011 Statement on Children and Family Services in Ethiopia The work of Joint Council on International Children’s Services includes the development and implementation of the highest standards and ethical practices, the support of children living outside of family … Continue reading

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Joint Council Emergency Campaign for Ethiopian Children

3/8/11 Joint Council recently released a Statement regarding the announcement by the Ethiopian Ministry of Women’s, Children’s and Youth Affairs plan to reduce intercountry adoption by 90%. The Statement can be found on our blog by clicking here. As part … Continue reading

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Ethiopia: Statement on the Pending Reduction of Intercountry Adoption

3/7/11 Statement on Intercountry Adoption in Ethiopia Last week 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 … Continue reading

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Guatemala’s Solicitor General in DC

2/17/11  Guillermo Porras, the Prosecutor General of Guatemala spent two days in Washington DC on a variety of issues including the pending intercountry adoptions in Guatemala.  On Wednesday, February 16, Mr. Porras met with Gary Cooper of the Guatemala 900 … Continue reading

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Ethiopia Revokes ASP License

02/15/11 It is Joint Council’s understanding that the Ethiopian Government has revoked Better Futures Adoption Services’ registration to operate in Ethiopia, including its ability to perform intercountry adoptions.  A notice from the U.S. Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues … Continue reading

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Orphan Summit VII

2/13/11  Joint Council to speak at the Christian Alliance for Orphans 7th Summit on May 11-13 in Louisville, KY.  Tom DiFilipo will join Chuck Johnson of NCFA and Kathleen Strottman of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute for a luncheon … Continue reading

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Ethiopia Report

2/12/11  Joint Council published a report on children’s services in Ethiopia.  This Summary Report highlights the work of Joint Council Partner Members in providing services including intercountry adoption, to Ethiopian children and families. Click here to read the two-page report. … Continue reading

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Adoption Policy Conference

2/13/11  The 8th Annual Adoption Policy Conference will take place at the New York Law School on Friday, March 4, 2011.    This year’s conference, The Federal Government and Adoption: How International Law and Domestic Policies Are Transforming Adoption, is a … Continue reading

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DOS Children’s Issues

2/7/11  Joint Council will participate in a quarterly meeting with the Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues on February 25, 2011.  The quarterly meetings are hosted by the Department of State for the leading non-profit organizations that work on … Continue reading

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Guatemala: Update from the US Dept of State

February 3, 2011 The following is an update from the U.S Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues: Office of Children’s Issues Trip to Guatemala, December 2010 The Department’s Special Advisor for Children’s Issues, Ambassador Susan Jacobs, and the Chief … Continue reading

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Urgent Update for Those with a Nepalese Adoptions in Progress

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Ethiopia: US Dept of State Adoption Alert

January 13, 2011 The U.S. Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues has issued the following Adoption Alert regarding Ethiopia.  The full text of the alert is below. The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa announces a change in its adoption … Continue reading

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Guatemala: US Dept of State Requesting Information from Grandfathered Cases

December 20, 2010 The Office of Children’s Issues is asking U.S. citizens with active grandfathered adoption cases in Guatemala to send a brief email to AskCI@state.gov including the name(s) of the adopting parent(s), the name and date of birth of … Continue reading

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Ukraine: State Department Announcement

11/12/2010 The State Department issued the below notice regarding adoptions from Ukraine, the announcement can also be viewed on their website. The Ukrainian legislature is in the process of voting on a bill that would suspend all intercountry adoptions from … Continue reading

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Ukraine: Draft Bill in Ukrainian Legislature

11/12/2010 The State Department issued the below notice regarding adoptions from Ukraine, the announcement can also be viewed on their website. The Ukrainian legislature is in the process of voting on a bill that would suspend all intercountry adoptions from … Continue reading

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India: A Country Update

October 28, 2010 A) JUVENILE JUSTICE ACT (JJ ACT) ADOPTIONS JJ Act adoptions are beginning to happen in some areas. Practices are varied. In Mumbai, adoptive parents NEED NOT be present for the Court. But, the High court of Bombay … Continue reading

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October 2010 Alert

October 18, 2010 Joint Council’s Statement and Recommendations on the Suspension for Intercountry Adoption in Nepal can be found by clicking here. October 7, 2010 The Department of State has released the following adoption alert regarding pending adoption in Nepal: … Continue reading

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Kazakhstan: Update on Hague Convention and Grandfather Cases

October 22, 2010 The U.S. State Department, Office of Children’s Issues ( http://adoption.state.gov) has issued the following Adoption Alert regarding Kazakhstan. IMPORTANT NOTICE: Kazakhstan will become a party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect … Continue reading

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Guatemala: US Withdrawls Letter of Interest

October 5, 2010 On October 5, 2010, the United States withdrew its letter of interest in participating in a pilot program to resume processing of intercountry adoption placements for a limited number of older children, groups of siblings, and children … Continue reading

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India: TB Screening for Visa Processing

October 1, 2010 Effective October 1, 2010, applicants for U.S. immigration in India will be screened by the panel physicians according to the 2007 Technical Instructions for Tuberculosis Screening and Treatment. Prior to this date the applicants were screened according … Continue reading

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Guatemala: August 2010 Update

August 27, 2010 The following  has been issued by the U.S. Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues Casa Quivira Our records show adoption petitions are still pending for about 8 of the original 46 children who were taken into … Continue reading

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Nepal: Policy Memorandum

08/27/2010 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a policy memorandum in regards to the Nepal Initiative.

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Ethiopia: Changes in Intercountry Adoption Process

August 27, 2010 This notice serves as a reminder that as of May 9, 2010, the Ethiopian government requires that adoptive parents must appear at the federal court hearing for their adoptive child in order for the adoption to be … Continue reading

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Guatemala: Update on 2010 PAP Survey

August 9, 2010 Guatemala Minister Counselor Fernando de la Cerda is returning to Washington, DC on August 3, 2010 after an intense ten day trip to Guatemala which included two meetings with Guatemala President Alvaro Colom. Fernando is reporting significant … Continue reading

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Ethiopia: Joint Council Hosts Delegation

August 11, 2010 Joint Council to host delegation from Ethiopia As part of the Joint Council International Relations Initiative: Education and Exchange Program, Joint Council is honored to host a 4-member Ethiopian delegation, led by Minister of Federal Affairs, Dr. … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Adoptions From Vietnam

7/28/2010 A New Notice from the Department of State: Intercountry adoption is not possible from Vietnam at this time. Adoption service providers and prospective adoptive parents should not seek or accept new (or potential) adoption referrals from Vietnam until an … Continue reading

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Russia: Russia and U.S. Continue with Progress

07/27/2010 A U.S. interagency team met with its Russian counterpart in Moscow from July 21-23, 2010 for the fourth round of discussions about an adoption agreement. This most recent round of negotiations were positive and productive and reflected the continuing … Continue reading

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Costa Rica: A Country Update

07/22/2010 Costa Rica is in Central America and has one of the highest standards of living in that region. With a booming tourism industry and an expanding investment in renewable energy sources, Costa Rica’s unemployment rate is 6.4%. Costa Rica … Continue reading

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Guatemala: 2010 PAP survey

July 20, 2010 Two and a half years following the closure of adoptions from Guatemala, many of the families who lovingly made the decision to adopt from Guatemala continue to face unimaginable challenges. Joint Council, along with our partners at … Continue reading

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Haiti: Six-month Summary Reports

July 14, 2010 Click here to read: The Haitian Twelve- A Report on Haitian Children Institutionalized in the United States Click here to read: A Six-Month Update on the Humanitarian Parole Program for Haitian Children Click here to read: A … Continue reading

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More, Right, Enough: Thoughts on the six-month remembrance of the Haiti earthquake

July 12, 2010 More, Right, Enough: Thoughts on the six-month remembrance of the Haiti earthquake T oday marks six-months since the 35-second quake that shook Haiti, killed 300,000, and left millions without a home -traumatizing a nation. The death and … Continue reading

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Haiti: Sonje Lan Timoun – A Remembrance of Haiti’s Most Vulnerable

July 12, 2010 Sonje Lan Timoun – A Remembrance of Haiti’s Most Vulnerable Beginning on Monday, Joint Council will conduct a remembrance of the January 12th earthquake. For five days we will honor those who perished in the January 12 … Continue reading

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Haiti: USCIS Guidance on Finalizing Haitian HP Adoptions

July 6, 2010 USCIS Releases Guidance on Finalizing Haitian HP Adoptions U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released additional guidance for parents whose adoptive or prospective adoptive children entered the United States under the special humanitarian parole program for … Continue reading

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Kazakhstan: Adoption Alert

June 29, 2010 The U.S. State Department, Office of Children’s Issues has issued the following Adoption Alert regarding Kazakhstan: In May 2010, the Kazakhstani Embassy in Washington and Consulate General in New York stopped accepting new intercountry adoption dossiers. The … Continue reading

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Bulgaria: A Country Update

06/02/2010 The information below was developed in part through the efforts of the U.S. Consular Office in Bulgaria. Our thanks to all Consular Officers for their work on behalf of the children of our world. Bulgaria, located in south-eastern Europe, … Continue reading

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Latvia: Adoption Notice from the State Dept

May 26, 2010 Adoption Notice from the State Department: Latvia requires periodic post-adoption reporting on the welfare of an adopted orphan in his or her new American family. Latvian law requires that two post-adoption reports be submitted: one after the … Continue reading

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India: International Relations Initiative Event

May 20, 2010 Invitation Joint Council invites adoptive families and children to share their adoption journey with Mr. D.K.Sikri, Secretary of India’s Ministry of Women and Child and Ms. Anu Singh, Secretary of India’s Central Adoption Authority for the Government … Continue reading

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Kazakhstan: Intention to Join Hague

May 14, 2010 It is Joint Council’s understanding that the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan has informed the Consulate General of the Republic of Kazakhstan in New York that effective May 15th the Embassy will temporarily … Continue reading

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Russia: Russia and U.S. Talks Move Forward

05/13/2010 Earlier today, Russia and the U.S. issued a joint statement on the progress of their talks related to intercountry adoption. In addition, the U.S. Department of State has published a separate statement on intercountry adoption in Russia. Both statements … Continue reading

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Russia: Joint Statement Issued by Russia and U.S.

May 13, 2010 The U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia issued the following joint U.S.-Russian statement today, May 13, 2010. On May 12-13, U.S.-Russian consultation on adoption were held in Moscow. ‘Generally, we very positively assess the atmosphere of the talks. … Continue reading

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Haiti: Joint Council Delegation

May 13, 2010 Joint Council Delegation to travel to Haiti Joint Council President & CEO Tom DiFilipo, and Director of Programs & Services, Rebecca Harris, will lead a delegation to Haiti from June 5, 2010 to June 10, 2010. The … Continue reading

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Russia: Russia Update on Bilateral Negotiations

05/12/2010 The Russian and U.S. media have reported that the governments of Russia and the United States have reached a new bilateral accord on adoptions and expect to sign it within two months. Based on information available to Joint Council, … Continue reading

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Philippines: A Country Update

May 2010 While the conditions for children in the Philippines have been improving in recent years, there are still marked problems concerning child welfare.  The country is a diverse archipelago made up of thousands of islands, which makes it difficult … Continue reading

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Haiti: Joint Council Summary Report

April 30, 2010 Joint Council has published a Summary Report entitled Intercountry Adoption in Haiti: Safeguards and Protections . Joint Council provides the Summary Report to assist individuals, families, and professionals with an understanding the current situation of intercountry adoption … Continue reading

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Russia: U.S. Department of State, Office of Children’s Issues

04/29/2010 The U.S. Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues has issued the following announcement regarding adoptions from Russia. Joint Council commends the collaborative efforts of the two governments, as well as the efforts of adoptive families, prospective adoptive families, … Continue reading

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Kyrgyz Republic: Travel Warning

April 29, 2010 Following the recent unrest in Kyrgyzstan, the Department of State (the Department) has expressed its support for the provisional government’s efforts to resolve peacefully Kyrgyzstan’s political problems and renew Kyrgyzstan’s path to democracy, economic prosperity, and respect … Continue reading

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Russia: U.S. Government to Meet with Russian Officials

04/27/2010 The U.S. government, represented by seven officials from the Department of State and Department of Homeland Security, will meet with Russian officials in Moscow on Thursday, April 29, 2010. The substance of the meetings will focus on an agreement … Continue reading

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Haiti: Dept of State Update

April 27, 2010 Clarification on New Adoption Applications The text of the announcement by the Department of State states: “We encourage prospective adoptive parents to submit their adoption applications directly through the IBESR…”. This may be interpreted as instructing adoptive … Continue reading

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Russia: Department of State Updated Statement

04/26/2010  The Department of State has updated their statements on intercountry adoption with Russia. The text of the statement follows. We have received no official notification that adoptions of Russian orphans by Americans have been suspended, but it is clear … Continue reading

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Liberia: Allegations of Corruption

April 26, 2010 The U.S. Department of State has issued an announcement regarding intercountry adoption in Liberia. The text of the announcement follows. Notice Concerning Adoption Processing In Liberia On January 26, 2009, the Government of Liberia suspended adoptions because … Continue reading

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Russia: 19,000 Send Letter To President Medvedev and President Obama

04/19/2010 As part of Joint Council’s We Are The Truth Campaign, an invitation to all who are concerned about families and children to sign a letter to Presidents Medvedev and Obama. The letter, asking for the uninterrupted continuation of intercountry … Continue reading

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Russia: Bilateral Meeting Postponed

04/19/2010 The meeting between a U.S. government delegation and their Russian counterparts, originally scheduled for April 20th in Moscow, has been postponed due to travel difficulties resulting from the volcanic ash cloud over Iceland and much of Europe. The U.S. … Continue reading

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Russia: Adoption Visas Continue

04/19/2010 The U.S. Department of State issued 6 visas for children adopted in Russia on Monday, April 19, 2010.

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Russia: Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

04/19/2010 A statement on the website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs indicated that intercountry adoption between the U.S. and Russia is not currently suspended, but will be suspended if the U.S. government does not begin discussions on the … Continue reading

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Russia: No Information to Confirm Suspension

04/16/2010 The Department of State has received no information to confirm a suspension of adoptions from Russia to the United States. Our embassy in Moscow and other Department of State officials are talking with Russian officials to clarify this issue. … Continue reading

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Russia: Suspension Announced But Not Confirmed

04/15/2010 Suspension Announced But Not Confirmed During a press conference today, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko stated that intercountry adoptions with the United States have been suspended until a bilateral agreement with the United States is signed. At this … Continue reading

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Russia: Follow Our Blog

04/13/2010 Please click here to visit our blog for the most continuously updated information on Joint Council’s activities concerning Russia and adoptions from Russia.

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Russia: We Are The Truth- A Call To Action

4/12/2010 We Are The Truth: A Campaign and Call to Action The outrageous treatment of Arty by his adoptive family has rightfully resulted in outrage by the Governments of Russia and the United States and all who care about children. … Continue reading

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Russia: Intercountry Adoption Between US and Russia Background

4/9/2010 Following several requests, Joint Council has prepared Background Information for those who are not familiar with Intercountry Adoption between the United States and Russia. To view this report, click here.

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Russia: Russian Child Returned to Russia

4/9/2010 The Governments of Russia and the United States have reported that a seven-year old Russian child, adopted by a U.S. family, was flown to Russia and abandoned at the Ministry of Education in Moscow. The child, adopted approximately 6-months … Continue reading

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Thailand: Update from Dept of Social Development & Welfare

April 8, 2010 Update from Department of Social Development and Welfare( DSDW) The Department of Social Development and Welfare (DSDW) has announced that it will not accept new inter-country adoption requests made directly through DSDW for “healthy” orphans from Thailand … Continue reading

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Liberia: Case-by-Case Visa Issuing

April 7, 2010 Update from the Department of State The U.S. Embassy in Monrovia has been informed by the Government of Liberia that it will issue exit clearances, on a case-by-case basis, to children whose full and final adoption had … Continue reading

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Ghana: Longer Processing Times

April 8, 2010 The following Adoption Alert has been issued by the Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues: The U.S. Embassy in Accra, Ghana wishes to advise adoptive parents of procedural changes that may increase the processing time for … Continue reading

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Haiti: USCIS will end Humanitarian Parole Program

April 7, 2010 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will stop accepting new requests for parole under the Special Humanitarian Parole Program for Haitian Orphans effective April 13, 2010, because the Haitian government has requested that the United States bring … Continue reading

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Ethiopia:Dept of State Adoption Alert

March 6, 2010 The U.S. Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues has issued a notice regarding adoptions from Ethiopia.

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Haiti: Joint Council Returns from Post-Earthqauke Advocacy

February 1, 2010 1:45 pm Joint Council staff just returned from a trip to Haiti. More information can be found on our blog.

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Haiti: Post-Earthquake January 19 Update

January 19, 2010 1:00 pm KENTUCKY ADOPTION SERVICES, INC. NO CONTACT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HAITI ORPHAN PLIGHT (19 January 2010)-Emergency visas have been issued for many children already adopted in Haiti, and orphan arrivals into Pennsylvania and Florida have occurred … Continue reading

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Haiti: Post-Earthquake January 17 Updates

January 17, 2010 10:30 a.m. Yesterday a list of Haitian orphanages including their location and approximate number of children was presented to USAID by Congressman Jim Cooper. This effort to deliver emergency aid, continues to be a collaborative effort by … Continue reading

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Haiti: Post-Earthquake January 16 Updates

January 16, 2010 2:00 pm All of us at Joint Council extend our sincere condolences to the family of Molly Hightower of Port Orchard, Washington. Ms. Hightower was a dedicated volunteer working with Haitian orphans and hoped to work in … Continue reading

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Haiti: Post-Earthquake January 15 Updates

January 15, 2010 5:40 pm Visas Issued Joint Council has confirmed that a handful of Haitian children, whose adoptions were finalized by the Haitian courts and whose adoptive parents were in Port au Prince at the time of the earthquake, … Continue reading

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Haiti: Earthquake Update

January 14, 2010 Sometimes it is more than one can bear. Living in abject poverty. Living in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Living with no mother, no father. And now this. Yesterday, while the good people of Haiti … Continue reading

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Guatemala: 2009

December 4, 2009 U.S. Dept of State submits letter of intent Joint Council can confirm that the U.S. Department of State has submitted a letter of interest to the Guatemalan government regarding participation in the pilot program announced by the … Continue reading

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Ethiopia: Country Update

November 23, 2009 Following is an update on Joint Council’s advocacy efforts in Ethiopia including our October trip. As always, our advocacy efforts, including our recent trip, serve to advance every child’s right to a permanent and safe family. Standards … Continue reading

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Ukraine: Decree #3813

11/4/2009 On October 30, 2009 Yuri Pavlenko, Minister of Family, Youth, and Sport signed decree #3813. Decree #3813 states, due to the spread of H1N1 in Ukraine, that beginning today (Wednesday, November 3, 2009) the SDA will temporarily suspend Ukrainian … Continue reading

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Russia: Story on Intercountry Adoption Specific to Russia

11/6/2009 America.gov has published a story on intercountry adoption and heritage, specific to Russia. The story highlights Alex Griffith, a CNN Hero and friend of Joint Council, as well as, Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption (FRUA). The story is … Continue reading

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China: Mr. Lu Ying

10/29/2009 Joint Council has learned that after 8-years as Director Gengeral of the China Center of Adoption Affairs (CCAA), Mr. Lu Ying has been appointed to a position within the Ministry of Social Affairs. Joint Council extends its considerable appreciation … Continue reading

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Nepal 2009-2007

October 5, 2009 The Department of State has released a statement about adoptions from Nepal. Please click here to read it. February 11, 2009 Joint Council has received the latest list of agencies accredited to work in Nepal. The full … Continue reading

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Ethiopia: International Relations Initiative Trip

October 12, 2009 Joint Council’s Director of Programs & Services, Rebecca Harris, and President, Tom DiFilipo, conducted an advocacy trip to Ethiopia from October 2 through October 9, 2009. Meetings were held with officials of the U.S., French, Australian and … Continue reading

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Liberia: Further Information from Dept of State Regarding Suspension

October 7, 2009 Adoption Alert from the Department of State On January 26, 2009, the Government of Liberia suspended intercountry adoptions because of allegations of mismanagement and corruption in the adoption process. The U.S. Department of State cautions American citizens … Continue reading

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China: U.S. Hague Accreditation Requirements

10/07/2009 The Department of State has issued the following alert regarding adoptions from China: China Center of Adoption Affairs (CCAA) has announced that all prospective adoptive families will be required to work with a U.S. Hague accredited adoption service provider for … Continue reading

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Nepal: Information Regarding Nepal

10/5/2009 The Department of State has released a statement about adoptions from Nepal. Please click here to read it.

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Kenya: Child Welfare in Kenya Summary Report

October 1, 2009 Joint Council has issued a Summary Report entitled “Child Welfare in Kenya: Family Support, Foster Care, and Adoption” to view the report please click here.

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Kenya: U.S. Dept of State, Adoption Alert

September 20, 2009 The U.S. Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues has released the following alert regarding intercountry adoptions from Kenya: Kenya is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption … Continue reading

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Ethiopia: Joint Council Review & Assestment

September 28, 2009 Review and Assessment of Intercountry Adoption Practices in Ethiopia Joint Council’s President, Tom DiFilipo, and Director of Programs and Services, Rebecca Harris, will travel to Ethiopia on October 2, 2009 for nine days. Meetings are currently being … Continue reading

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Haiti: Update Children & Families Initiative

September 21, 2009 Haitian Children & Families Initiative Background Over the past three years, the processing of adoptions in Haiti have slowed to a crawl. Abandoned children are enduring adoption processes lasting two or three years before being united with … Continue reading

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Ethiopia: Fly Away Children

September 21, 2009 The Australian ABC News program Foreign Correspondent, recently broadcast a program entitled Fly Away Children . This program focused on intercountry adoption in Ethiopia and raised serious concerns. On the web page for the story, are responses … Continue reading

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China: New ASP Requirements

09/16/2009 During a meeting with the China Center of Adoption Affairs (CCAA) on Tuesday September 15 2009, Director General Lu announced that beginning December 1 2009; all adoptive families must be registered with a Hague Accredited Adoption Service Provider (ASP). … Continue reading

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Kyrgyz Republic: Call to Action

September 16, 2009 Joint Council is working closely with Representative Bachmann’s Office and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) to secure a meeting between the Kyrgyz Prime Minister and Members of Congress when the Prime Minister is in the … Continue reading

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Haiti: Children and Families Initiative

August 12, 2009 Haitian Children & Families Initiative Dear Friends, Over the past three years, the processing of adoptions in Haiti have slowed to a crawl. Abandoned children are enduring adoption processes lasting two or three years before being united … Continue reading

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Ukraine: Stance of Joint Council

6/4/2009 A proposed law calling for the suspension of intercountry adoption between the Ukraine and any country with which it does not have an intercountry adoption bi-lateral agreement was voted out of a Rada committee late last week. The vote … Continue reading

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Kyrgyz Republic: List of Prospective Adoptive Families

June 4, 2009 During the meetings with the Kyrgyz delegation last week the delegation requested a comprehensive list of the approximately 65 prospective adoptive families, the children they have been referred and the name of the orphanage that the referred … Continue reading

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Russia: Participation in Live Video Conference

06/01/2009 Joint Council participated in a live video conference with a U.S. based panel of child welfare experts and a corresponding panel based in Moscow along with mbers of the U.S. and Russian media. Additionally, Joint Council was interviewed for … Continue reading

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Kyrgyz Republic: Delegation Visit to the U.S.

June 1, 2009 As part of our ongoing Kyrgyzstan Initiative, Joint Council facilitated a series of meetings between a three member delegation of the Kyrgz government, 21 Congressional offices, the U.S. Department of State and six potential adoptive families on … Continue reading

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Ethiopia: Dept of State Adoption Alert

May 29, 2009 The U.S. State Department, Office of Children’s Issues has issued an Adoption Alert regarding Ethiopia.  Joint Council will continue to closely monitor developments in Ethiopia and update our website accordingly.

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Ethiopia: Investigation of Children’s Homes

May 14, 2009 It is Joint Council’s understanding that Ethiopian authorities are investigating alleged actions of five children’s homes in or around Addis Ababa. It is our understanding that this is affecting abandonment cases processed through the courts in Addis. … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Joint Council Hosted Delegation

5/6/2009 Joint Council had the great honor of hosting a eight member delegation of Vietnamese officials and legal experts from March 24th through April 2nd, 2009. The delegation was lead by Vietnam’s Vice Minister of Justice and was made up … Continue reading

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Vietnam: JCICS Hosts Delegation of Vietnamese Officials and Legal Experts

5/6/09 Joint Council had the great honor of hosting a eight member delegation of Vietnamese officials and legal experts from March 24th through April 2nd, 2009. The delegation was lead by Vietnam’s Vice Minister of Justice and was made up … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Registration of Vietnam Adoptions

5/1/2009 U.S. citizens are not able to register a new adoption in Vietnam at this time. The Government of Vietnam has stated its intention to introduce new adoption legislation and to institute reforms in the adoption process, and has indicated … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Intentions to Introduce New Adoption Legislation Halts Intercountry Adoption

5/1/09 U.S. citizens are not able to register a new adoption in Vietnam at this time. The Government of Vietnam has stated its intention to introduce new adoption legislation and to institute reforms in the adoption process, and has indicated … Continue reading

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Kyrgyz Republic: Call to Action

April 15, 2009 – CALL TO ACTION: Kyrgyzstan Given the current situation in Kyrgyzstan Joint Council believes that now is the time to advocate for a U.S. Congressional letter to the Kyrgyz President. As a family who is in the … Continue reading

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Kyrgyz Republic: Findings Presented to Parliament

April 8, 2009 It is Joint Council’s understanding that Nikolai Bailo presented the findings of the parliamentarian commission investigating intercountry adoption and accession to the Hague Convention to three parliamentary committees today, April 8th, 2009. It is our understanding that … Continue reading

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India: U.S. Embassy Announces Changes to Visa Processing

March 2009 The United States Embassy announces that effective April 1, 2009 all Indian adoption case processing for India will take place in New Delhi. Centralizing adoptions in India will allow all adoption cases to benefit from the long-established working … Continue reading

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Russia: Update on List Posted by MOE

03/19/2009 The US embassy in Moscow has released an update on the list recently published by the Russian MOE.

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Vietnam: Joint Council to Host Delegation

3/17/2009 As part of the Joint Council International Relations Initiative, we are honored to host a 9-member delegation from Vietnam from March 24 th through April 2nd. The delegation, led by Vice-Minister of Justice Dinh Trung Tung, will attend the … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Joint Council International Relations Initiative

3/17/09 As part of the Joint Council International Relations Initiative, we are honored to host a 9-member delegation from Vietnam from March 24 th through April 2nd. The delegation, led by Vice-Minister of Justice Dinh Trung Tung, will attend the … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Processing of Second Referrals

3/3/2009 The Department of Adoption, Ministry of Justice in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, confirms that it has carefully reviewed the US Government’s request to permit second referrals in cases where the referral was lost for reasons beyond the control … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Updates Regarding Second Referrals

3/3/09 The Department of Adoption, Ministry of Justice in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, confirms that it has carefully reviewed the US Government’s request to permit second referrals in cases where the referral was lost for reasons beyond the control … Continue reading

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Kyrgyz Republic: Meeting with Vice Prime Ministers Offices

March 3, 2009 Joint Council is pleased to confirm that U.S. Embassy officials in Kyrgyzstan met late last week with the Vice Prime Ministers Office regarding the 65 in-process intercountry adoption cases and the future of intercountry adoptions from Kyrgyzstan. … Continue reading

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Russia: 1-600 Petitions Adjudicated

02/27/2009 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that beginning March 30th it will adjudicate all I-600 petitions for intercountry adoptions from Russia. USCIS has also released related FAQs to further clarify the process. Please read this most recent release, … Continue reading

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Kyrgyz Republic: Adoption Alert

February 17, 2009 The following Adoption Alert has been issued by the U.S. Dept of State, Office of Children’s Services. The U.S. Department of State does not recommend that U.S. citizens consider adoption from Kyrgyzstan at this time. Currently, no … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Participants Vietnam Call To Action

1/13/2009 Joint Council thanks the individuals who participated in our Vietnam Call to Action from January 5th through 9th. The final list of  senators and representatives who signed Senator Landrieu and Coleman’s letter intended for Nguyen Tan Dung, the Prime … Continue reading

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Brazil: Hague Accreditation

02/17/2009 The Department of State is working very closely with the Brazilian government to establish how the Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention, which entered into force for the U.S. in 2008, will affect future adoptions in Brazil.  At the moment, parents … Continue reading

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Kyrgyz Republic: A Country Update

February 13, 2009 On February 12, 2009, Consul Valerie Chittenden met with the newly-appointed Deputy Minister of Education (MOE), Umutkhan Tynalieva. This was the first official discussion we have had with Kyrgyz officials since the halt in adoptions. The Kyrgyz … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Janice Jacobs Recent Visit to Vietnam

2/12/2009 Please read the article from Thanh Nien News detailing Janice Jacobs’ (the Assistant Secretary at the Bureau of Consular Affairs) recent visit to Vietnam.

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Vietnam: Janice Jacob’s Recent Visit to Vietnam

2/12/09 Please read the article from Thanh Nien News detailing Janice Jacobs’ (the Assistant Secretary at the Bureau of Consular Affairs) recent visit to Vietnam.

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US Confirms No Adoptions with Cambodia

2/12/09  USCIS today clarified that it continues to be unable to approve any Form I-600 for a child to be adopted from Cambodia. Please read the recently posted USCIS Update regarding intercountry adoption in Cambodia.

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Haiti: Joint Council Standards of Practice

February 11, 2009 Joint Council is proud to present its Standards of Practice for Haiti. These Standards are designed for orphanages and Adoption Service Providers who demonstrate that they meet these highest standards of practice. The Standards can be found … Continue reading

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Liberia: Confirmation of Suspension of Adoptions

January 30, 2009 The Government of Liberia (GOL) suspended processing of adoptions on January 26, 2009, on the recommendation of the President’s Special Committee on Adoption. According to the Liberian President’s statement, processing of adoptions was suspended due to mismanagement. … Continue reading

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Liberia: Suspends of Adoptions

January 29, 2009 It is Joint Council’s understanding that the government of Liberia has suspended intercountry adoptions with the exception of special needs cases until new rules and regulations can be put into place. This follows comments made earlier this … Continue reading

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China: Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention Cases (Revised)

01/26/2009 The China Center for Adoption Affairs (CCAA) has proposed and the Department of State has agreed that beginning January 1, 2009, all adoption cases between the U.S. and China will be processed by China as Hague Inter-country Adoption Convention … Continue reading

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China: Possible Discrepancy Regarding Adoption Notice

01/26/2009 It is Joint Council’s understanding that there may be a discrepancy in the Department of State’s Adoption Notice: China, published on January 23, 2009 (see below). We are working with the Department of State to bring clarity to the … Continue reading

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China: Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention Cases

01/23/2009 The China Center for Adoption Affairs (CCAA) has proposed and the Department of State has agreed that beginning January 1, 2009, all adoption cases between the U.S. and China will be processed by China as Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention … Continue reading

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Kyrgyz Republic: Changes in Government Officials

January 23, 2009 It is Joint Council’s understanding that 17 high ranking officials of the Kyrgyz government, including the Minister of Education and the Vice-Minister of Education, have been removed from their positions. Obviously this will have an effect on … Continue reading

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Kyrgyz Republic: Update from Joint Council

January 14, 2009 In consultation with the Joint Council Kyrgyzstan Task Force, it is our assessment that prospective adoptive parents should not initiate new adoption cases in Kyrgyzstan. Additionally, we recommend that Adoption Services Providers not accept new applications. If … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Joint Council Thanks Participants of the Vietnam Call to Action

1/13/09 Joint Council thanks the individuals who participated in our Vietnam Call to Action from January 5th through 9th. The final list of senators and representatives who signed Senator Landrieu and Coleman’s letter intended for Nguyen Tan Dung, the Prime … Continue reading

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Nepal: Department of State Announcement

1/9/2009 The U.S. Department of State has released the following announcement: On January 1, 2009, the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare (MWCSW) established procedures for processing adoptions pursuant to the Government of Nepal’s (GON) new Terms and Conditions … Continue reading

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Kyrgyz Ambassador Visits US

January 7, 2009 It is our understanding that the Kyrgyz Ambassador to the US recently visited Kyrgyzstan, advocating for a resolution to the current delays with the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Education. Joint Council has further confirmed that … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Position Paper on Vietnam

12/23/2008 Joint Council has released a Position Paper on Vietnam supporting the efforts of U.S. Senators Mary Landrieu and Norm Coleman, requesting that Congressional representatives sign a letter intended for Nguyen Tan Dung, the Prime Minister of Vietnam. This letter … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Joint Council Position Paper

12/23/08 Joint Council has released a Position Paper on Vietnam supporting the efforts of U.S. Senators Mary Landrieu and Norm Coleman, requesting that Congressional representatives sign a letter intended for Nguyen Tan Dung, the Prime Minister of Vietnam. This letter … Continue reading

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Russia: Joint Council Addresses the Tragic Death of Chase Harrison

12/23/2008 Joint Council wishes to express our sympathy regarding the tragic death of Chase Harrison (Dmitri Yakovlev). Nothing can be done to change that tragedy and we continue to extend our sympathies to everyone who cared for and loved Chase. … Continue reading

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Vietnam: How to Support the Continuation of Intercountry Adoption

12/18/08 Senators Landrieu and Coleman, along with other Members of Congress, are continuing to show their support of ensuring every child’s right to a permanent, safe, and loving family. As part of their commitment, they will be forwarding a letter … Continue reading

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Kyrgyz Republic: Notice form Dept of State

December 12, 2008 Joint Council has received an update from the U.S. Department of State on adoptions from Kyrgyzstan. It is recommended that new cases not be initiated at this time. Please see the release for more information.

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China: Electronic Waiting Child List

12/09/2008 Joint Council has released a listing of member organizations with access to the electronic waiting child list. Please note that this is not a comprehensive listing.

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Kazakhstan: Approved Adoption Service Providers

December 9, 2008 Families are encouraged to consult both the NY and DC Kazakh Consulates for the list of approved agencies, as they vary by jurisdiction.

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Ukraine: Resolution #905

12/5/2008 The U.S. Department of State has released the following information on adoptions from Ukraine: On October 8, 2008 the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers approved Resolution #905, introducing new regulations for adoptions and the protection of the rights of adopted … Continue reading

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Kyrgyz Republic: Information from US Embassy

December 3, 2008 Joint Council has confirmed that the U.S. Embassy in Kyrgyzstan has been requesting further information on the current state of intercountry adoptions from the Kyrgyz government. At this time, it is our understanding that the Kyrgyz Parliament … Continue reading

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India: Terrorist Attacks in Mumbai

December 2008 As many of you know, a series of terrorist attacks occurred in Mumbai last week, killing 179 people. Joint Council extends its condolences to the Indian government and the citizens of Mumbai following the series of terrorist attacks … Continue reading

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Nepal: Agencies Approved to Work in Nepal