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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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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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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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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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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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: 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

11/28/2008 The Nepalese government has released a list of agencies approved to work in Nepal. Please see the attachment for details.

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Kyrgyz Republic: Word of Caution from Dept of State

November 14, 2008 The Department of State recommends adoptive parents and agencies exercise caution in pursuing an intercountry adoption from Kyrgyzstan. A number of prospective adoptive parents have reported that their cases are not being processed. The U.S. Embassy has … Continue reading

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Ethiopia: Update from Ministry of Woman’s Affairs

November 13, 2008 The Ethiopian Ministry of Women’s Affairs now requires additional documentation for adoption cases in which a living birth parent or parents has/have abandoned their child to an orphanage. The regional social affairs bureau must now authenticate the … Continue reading

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Russia: I-600/I-604 Procedure Changes

11/11/2008 Traditionally when adoptive parents filed their I-600 at the U.S. embassy in Moscow, the I-604 review was conducted by a Department of State (DOS) Consular Officer. This procedure is in the process of changing. These changes may affect both … Continue reading

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Nepal: Nepalese Government Has Not Resumed Processing Adoptions

11/14/2008 The U.S. Department of State has announced that the Government of Nepal has not yet resumed processing intercountry adoptions. It is expected that the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare (WCS) may begin accepting applications in January 2009; … Continue reading

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Colombia: End of Strike

October 28, 2008 Joint Council is pleased to announce that the judicial strike in Colombia affecting approximately 80 cases has concluded, and the US Embassy is now resuming the processing of these adoption visas. It is also Joint Council’s understanding … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Formal Negotiations Between the US and Vietnam Postponed

10/27/08 On October 13th Joint Council announced its understanding that formal negotiations between the Governments of Vietnam and the United States regarding an interim Memorandum of Understanding were scheduled in the coming weeks. It is now our understanding that these … Continue reading

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Ukraine: SDAPRC to Open Unused Slots for New Dossiers

10/24/2008 The U.S. Department of State has released the following information on adoptions from Ukraine: On October 14, 2008 the Ministry for Family, Youth and Sports published official Order #3899 approving revised procedures for submission of new adoption dossiers from … Continue reading

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Ethiopia: Cultural Sensitivities in While Traveling for Intercountry Adoption

October 23, 2008 Joint Council has released a policy statement on Cultural Sensitivities in Ethiopia in order to formalize our cultural sensitivity policies and to educate PAPs and others on this important issue. We ask that all families currently in-process … Continue reading

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Ukraine: I600 and Unexpired FBI Fingerprints

10/20/2008 Families adopting from Ukraine are advised that an I-600 petition filed at an overseas post after an adoption has been completed abroad can be approved and an immigrant visa issued for the child only if the petitioners (and all … Continue reading

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Vietnam: US and Vietnam Joint Statement

10/16/08 United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of State (DOS) have issued a joint statement with the government of Vietnam announcing that the processing of new adoption cases will not resume until both countries sign a … Continue reading

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Vietnam: State Department Announcement Regarding Adoption of Children with Special Needs

10/15/08 The U.S. Department of State has issued an announcement in cooperation with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Government of Vietnam, regarding the adoption of children with Special Needs by U.S. citizens from Vietnam. In summary, the announcement … Continue reading

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China: Positive Ruling in 1600A Process

10/14/2008 Update: Joint Council announces a positive ruling in the I600A process. Please read our statement and the Q&A to frequently asked questions on the new ruling.

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Vietnam: Preliminary Results of Joint Council’s 2008 Survey of Vietnam Families

10/14/08 Preliminary results from Joint Council’s August, 2008 survey of Vietnam families show that prior to the closure of adoptions on September 1, 2008, over 900 families were in the process of adopting from Vietnam. According to the results, families … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Portion of Law Governing Special Needs Adoptions Released

10/14/08 Joint Council has released a portion of the Vietnamese law governing Special Needs Adoptions. The decree in its entirety can be found here. ON JULY 21, 2006, DECREE NO. 69/2006/ND-CP, AMENDING DECREE NO. 68/2002/ND-CP, WAS PASSED INTO LAW. PARAGRAPH … Continue reading

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Colombia: Strike Update

October 14, 2008 The Colombian Institute of Social Welfare (ICBF) has informed the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bogota that it will not grant prospective adoptive parents legal custody to complete adoptions in the US. Regrettably, this means … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Joint Council Position Statement on Special Needs and Waiting Children

10/10/08 A Position Statement from Joint Council on International Children’s Services: Vietnam’s Special Needs and Waiting Children On September 1, 2008, the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on international adoption between the United States and Vietnam expired. The cessation of this … Continue reading

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Colombia: Halt in Intercountry Adoptions

October 8, 2008 The processing of international adoptions in Colombia has been halted temporarily due to the current judicial strike. The judicial strike has occurred for the last 40 days and currently affects about 82 cases. As referrals are still … Continue reading

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China: 5 Ways You Can Help

10/06/2008 Joint Council asks you to join us in resolving an issue that will severely and negatively impact over 10,000 U.S. families hoping to adopt a child in need. This shortfall in the law, if left unchecked, will cost Potential … Continue reading

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Kazakhstan: Adoption Service Providers

October 3, 2008 The Consular Section of the Kazakhstan Embassy has agreed to release the following information: As of September 27, a total of 32 US agencies have submitted their application to process adoptions in Kazakhstan. All of the information … Continue reading

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China: FAQ Regarding Contaminated Milk Powder

10/02/2008 A number of infants in China have been adversely affected by contaminated milk powder. Joint Council has created the FAQs below to answer the most frequent questions. 1) Why is this formula causing problems? Infants have been sickened by … Continue reading

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Haiti: New Minister of Social Affairs

September 13, 2008 Madam Beaudin , the former director of IBESR, has been nominated to the position of new Minister of Social Affairs. She held the position of IBESR director since October of 2006.

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Vietnam: Negotiations Toward a New Agreement on Intercountry Adoption

9/8/08 Following our update of September 1, 2008, it is Joint Council’s understanding that the Government of Vietnam has issued a formal diplomatic note to the United States Government naming a high ranking Vietnamese official as Vietnam’s lead negotiator and … Continue reading

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China: Potential Adoptive Parent Information

09/08/2008 – Joint Council and others in our field have great concern regarding the one-time renewal of I-600A approvals and the impact on Potential Adoptive Parents (PAPs). Following is Joint Council’s assessment and statement on this very important issue facing … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Intercountry Adoption Suspended Until New MOA is Signed

9/1/08 Today, September 1, 2008, the current Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the United States and Vietnam expires. As a result, intercountry adoption is effectively suspended until a new MOA is signed and implemented by both countries. Joint Council sees … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Update on Tu Du Hospital

8/19/08 The Department of State has released an update on Tu Du Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City relating to to the documentation of children born there. The full release follows: Documentation related to intercountry adoption of children born at … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Summary of Joint Council’s Vietnam Survey Initiative

8/14/08 Joint Council thanks all families currently in the adoption process with Vietnam who completed the Vietnam Survey. Survey results are still being compiled but will be posted once the results have been assessed. Following is a summary of this … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Response from Department of State to Congress Letter

8/11/08 Joint Council has received the response issued by the Department of State to the Members of the United States Congress who signed the letter to Secretary Rice in support of a new MOA. A copy of the release can … Continue reading

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Ethiopia: International Relations Initiative Delegation to Travel

August 11, 2008 During the week of August 4, 2008, Joint Council traveled to Ethiopia to further our ongoing dialogue with the Ethiopian government. During our advocacy trip, we communicated with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, … Continue reading

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Haiti: International Relations Initiative

August 6, 2008 Joint Council led a delegation to Haiti the week of July 28, 2008. During meetings with orphanage and crèche directors, IBESR, UNICEF, and U.S. Consular Offices, the Joint Council delegation advocated for implementation of a new child … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Congressional Briefing Scheduled- Call to Action

7/30/08 The Congressional Coalition on Adoption has invited the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to conduct a briefing of Congressional staff on issues related to intercountry adoption in Vietnam, Guatemala along with … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Joint Council Participates in Congressional Briefing on International Children Services

7/29/08 On Friday, July 26, 2008, Joint Council participated in a briefing of over 60 Congressional offices on issues related to international children’s services with particular attention to intercountry adoption in Vietnam and Guatemala. The panel presented varying perspectives on … Continue reading

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Vietnam: VietNamNet Bridge Article on Hague Convention

7/28/08 As reported in the VietNamNet Bridge, on July 25, the Vietnam National Assembly discussed Vietnam’s participation in the Hague Convention. The article reports that the Ministry of Justice suggested that the country establish a specific office to implement the … Continue reading

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Liberia: US Dept of State Update July 2008

July 25, 2008 The U.S. Department of State has released the following update: The Ministries of Justice and Health and Social Welfare have indicated that they are carefully reviewing all adoption cases submitted to them for approval. As a result, … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Department of State Announcement on the Suspension of Dossier Acceptance

7/21/08 The U.S. Department of State (U.S. DOS) has posted an announcement regarding the suspension of dossier acceptance by the government of Vietnam on July 1, 2008, and the planned suspension of referrals on September 1, 2008. This announcement, found … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Department of State Announcement on DIA

7/18/08 The U.S. Department of State has released the following statement on their website: Prospective adoptive parents and adoption service providers should be aware that the Vietnamese Department of International Adoptions (DIA) suspended the acceptance of new adoption dossiers on … Continue reading

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Ethiopia: Presentation of Joint Council Standrads of Practice

July 16, 2008 During the week of July 7, 2008, * Joint Council led a delegation of child welfare organizations to Addis Ababa and presented its Standards of Practice for Adoption Service Providers with Respect to the Federal Democratic Republic … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Letter to Secretary Rice Receives 149 Signatures

7/9/08 Joint Council is pleased to announce that the letter to Secretary Rice in support of the recommendations in A Child’s Right Campaign for Vietnam received a total of 149 signatories. It was signed by 92 members of the House, … Continue reading

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Vietnam: President Bush and Vietnamese Prime Minister Meet

6/26/08 On June 24th, 2008, President Bush and the Vietnamese Prime Minister met at the White House for the fourth bilateral exchange in four years. Both leaders stated their commitment to a strong relationship moving forward and constructive cooperation on … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Status on Letter from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption to Secretary Rice

6/23/08 Joint Council is pleased to announce that the letter from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption to Secretary Rice regarding intercountry adoption and child protection in Vietnam has received over 130 Congressional signatures. Given the visit to the United States … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Joint Council’s Child’s Right Campaign

6/18/08 Joint Council’s Child’s Right Campaign has been well received, and the letter to Secretary Rice, advocating for a new MOU for Vietnam, is now circulating to all of the congressional offices. Joint Council is asking families to call their … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Joint Council to Lead Delegation

6/13/2008 In advancing our advocacy for every child’s right to a permanent, safe and loving family, Joint Council will lead a delegation to Vietnam on June 17, 2008. The delegation is a collaborative effort and includes: Tom DiFilipo of Joint … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Department of State Annonuncement

06/11/2008 The Department of State has released the following statement: The Government of Vietnam has been unable to comply with the 2005 Agreement as planned, and cases have frequently been tainted by corruption due to weaknesses in the Vietnamese adoption … Continue reading

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Nepal: Terms and Conditions to Govern Intercountry Adoption

May 28, 2008 The U.S. Department of State announced that the Nepali Cabinet approved the following terms and conditions to govern the intercountry adoption process on May 2nd, 2008: Some changes introduced by the new terms and conditions include: The … Continue reading

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China: Shaohannah’s Hope

05/22/2008 Joint Council extends its condolences to the Chapman family following the news of the passing of their daughter, Maria, one of three adopted daughters from China. Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman have brought attention to the world orphan … Continue reading

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China: Earthquake Update

05/22/2008 In light of the recent earthquake in China which has orphaned approximately 4,000 children, Joint Council has prepared a statement to share with families seeking more information. The document highlighting some of the key issues and concerns that prevent … Continue reading

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Vietnam: A Child’s Right Campaign for Vietnam

05/21/2008 Joint Council is pleased to announce A Child’s Right Campaign for Vietnam. Please join us on June 2nd by contacting Members of Congress and urging them to join the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Co-Chairs and sign their letter to … Continue reading

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Georgia: A Country Update

May 1, 2008 A very limited number of Georgian children are eligible for intercountry adoption. In 2007, only 4 visas were issued to children adopted from Georgia. On May 1, 2008, a new adoption law took effect in Georgia that … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Letter from COA

04/1/2008 The Council on Accreditation recently submitted a letter to Tom DiFilipo, President & CEO of Joint Council, regarding the rolling nature of Hague Accreditation specific to Vietnam. Please click here to view a copy of the letter.

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Kazakhstan: Update on Intercountry Adoptions

March 25, 2008 On Monday, March 24th, Joint Council met with Kazakhstan Ambassador to the United States Erlan Idrissov and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Michelle Bond. The meeting addressed the Ambassador’s concerns regarding adoptions between the United States and … Continue reading

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Kazakhstan: Update on Suspension

March 22, 2008 At the invitation of Kazakhstan Ambassador to the United States Erlan A. Idrissov, Joint Council and a representative of the U.S. Department of State will hold a meeting on Monday, March 24, 2008 at the Kazakhstan Embassy. … Continue reading

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Liberia: US Dept of State Update

March 19, 2008 The U.S. Department of State has issued the following update regarding Liberian adoptions: “On March 14, the director of a U.S. adoption agency and three employees of the agency were prevented from departing Liberia with recently adopted … Continue reading

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Kazakhstan: Suspension of Intercountry Adoptions

March 17, 2008 Joint Council confirms the suspension of dossier processing by the Kazakhstan Embassy and Consulates pending the finalization of a review of adoption cases by the Kazakhstan government. The following represents our understanding of the suspension. The suspension … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Joint Council Presents Vietnam Standards of Practcie

03/07/2008 This week Joint Council had the honor of presenting the Joint Council Vietnam Standards of Practice to the Vietnam Ministry of Justice (MOJ), Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and to the United States Embassy in Hanoi. … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Joint Council’s Position Regarding Vietnam

03/07/2008 The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors is pleased to clarify Joint Council’s position regarding the current Vietnam negotiations, specific to an earlier post issued on March 7, 2008: Joint Council continues to advocate for all JCICS member … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Release of Standards of Practice

2/14/2008 Joint Council is pleased to formally announce the release of our Standards of Practice for Vietnam. In addition to the formal Standards, Tom DiFilipo, President & CEO of Joint Council has issued an official summary of the document. In … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Warning Regarding Adoptions

1/29/2008 The U.S. Department of State has issued a warning regarding adoptions in Vietnam as well as a press release which further addresses their concerns. 

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Vietnam:Timeline for Finalization of Vietnam Standards of Practice

1/3/2008 The timeline regarding the finalization of Joint Council’s Vietnam Standards of Practice has been extended. This decision was made in order to ensure that the most up-to-date information is incorporated in the document which will be presented to Vietnamese … Continue reading

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Ukraine: SDAPRC Issues 2008 Quotas

12/27/2007 The Ukraine SDAPRC has issued the quota for intercountry adoptions to the United States for calendar year 2008 at 460 (dossier submissions). Additionally, specific quotas have been set for five categories: children under 6 years old (with no siblings) … Continue reading

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Guatemala: 2007

December 21, 2007 Through recent dialogue with the Guatemalan government, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Congress and UNICEF, Joint Council is now highly confident that Guatemalan adoption cases currently in-process will proceed to finalization under … Continue reading

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Philippines: Update Regarding Placing Agencies

December 17, 2007 – The most up-to-date listing of US agencies placing Filipino children can be found on the Philippines Inter-Country Adoption Board website at http://www.icab.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_contact&catid=19&Itemid=32

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Vietnam: Summary of Vietnam Summit

12/4/2007 To review and download a copy of Joint Council’s official summary of the Vietnam Summit which was held on November 28 in Washington D.C., please click here.

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Vietnam: DC Meeting Location

11/26/2007 Joint Council is pleased to announce that we have secured a larger meeting space for the November 28 Summit in Washington, DC. The meeting will now be held in the Longworth building, which is next door to the Rayburn … Continue reading

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Russia: Joint Council to Participate in the Russian Ministry of Education and Science’s International Conference

11/26/2007 Joint Council has been invited to speak at the Russian Ministry of Education and Science’s International Conference on the Protection of Rights for Orphans and Children Without Parents. The conference, scheduled for December 9, 10, and 11, 2007 in … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Maximum Number of RSVPs for Summit

11/20/2007 As of 3 p.m., Joint Council has received the maximum number of Vietnam Summit RSVPs that we can allow due to space restrictions. Any RSVPs received after 3 p.m. will go on a waiting list. All confirmed participants who … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Joint Council to Host Summit Meeting

11/16/2007 Joint Council will host a Vietnam Summit Meeting of adoption service providers, along with representatives from the U.S. Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Congress on Wednesday, November 28th. Although Joint Council has opened the … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Referrals Temporarily Suspended

11/12/2007 Joint Council can confirm that the Vietnam Department of Intercountry Adoption has temporarily suspended referrals from the Phu Tho province for U.S. potential adoptive parents effective November 5, 2007. It is our understanding that the suspension will not interfere … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Vietnam Summit

11/12/2007 In line with our mission of protecting each child’s right to a permanent, safe and loving family, Joint Council will host a Vietnam Summit Meeting of adoption service providers, along with representatives of the U.S. Department of State and … Continue reading

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Nepal: Completion of 400 Adoptions

11/6/2007 Joint Council is very pleased to report that the Nepali Cabinet has approved the completion of the over 400 adoptions which have been suspended since April 2007. With a goal of ensuring that each child retained the right to … Continue reading

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Russia: Immediate Action Requested

10/27/2007 Joint Council, in cooperation with members of Congress, is requesting immediate action on the part of the U.S. Department of Justice regarding the issuance of clearances for agencies attempting to obtain Russian accreditation. Joint Council has also been in … Continue reading

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Nepal: Initiated Efforts by Joint Council and CCAI

10/27/2007 Joint Council, in cooperation with adoptive families and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, have initiated numerous efforts to complete the adoptions of over 400 children currently caught in legal limbo. Prior to the suspension of adoptions, 400 children … Continue reading

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Colombia: International Relations Initiative Update

October 27, 2007 In cooperation with Bethany Christian Services and Children’s Home Society & Family Services of Minnesota, Joint Council traveled to Bogotá, Colombia in September. Joint Council met with the Assistant Attorney General for Children’s Rights and visited with … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Update From USCIS

10/25/2007 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued an update announcing that the USCIS office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam will have sule jurisdiction over all Form I-600s filed on behalf of a Vietnamese child on or after October … Continue reading

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Vietnam: New Update Concerning I-600s

10/24/2007 Joint Council President & CEO Tom DiFilipo has issued a new update concerning the revised I-600 procedure in Vietnam, which includes provisions for families in Vietnam or those with imminent travel. To review a copy of this latest update, … Continue reading

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Vietnam: New I-600 Filing Procedures

10/23/2007 Joint Council has been in communication again today with both U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) and the U.S. Department of State (USDOS) regarding the effective date of the new I-600 filing procedures. We have strongly advocated for a … Continue reading

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Vietnam: New Intiative for I-600s

10/22/2007 In September 2007, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced plans for their new initiative related to I-600 filings and determinations. It is our understanding that USCIS will rullout this initiative within the coming weeks. Joint Council has been … Continue reading

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India: Joint Council Speaking Engagement

October 2007 At the invitation of India’s Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA), Joint Council President & CEO Tom DiFilipo spoke on Mutual Cooperation and Transparency & Ethical issues in intercountry adoption.

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India: International Relations Initiative Trip

September 2007 Through the longstanding relationship between the Joint Council India Caucus, lead for years by Teri Bell and now by Aimee LaBlonde, Joint Council’s Tom DiFilipo has been invited to speak at this year’s CARA Conference in India. Tom … Continue reading

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Guatamala5000 in 2007

Can you explain the problem behind the pending crisis in Guatemala? Guatemalan President Oscar Berger has announced plans to effectively suspend all adoptions into the United States as of January 1, 2008. This leaves the lives of more than 5,000 … Continue reading

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Mexico: International Relations Inititaive

September 5, 2007 As part of our efforts to incorporate intercountry adoption as a viable option for permanency, Joint Council will meet with officials in Mexico on September 17, 2007.

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Haiti: Processing of Visas

September 25, 2007 Joint Council is pleased to confirm that the U.S. Department of State Consular office in Haiti began processing visas as of late last week. It is our understanding that the issue related to Haitian court decrees has … Continue reading

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Ukraine: Procedures of Visa Documents

09/05/2007 The U.S. Department of State recently posted a notice regarding updated procedures for submission of visa documents for adopted children in Ukraine. For more information, please visit the State Department’s website by clicking here.

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Vietnam: Fee Schedule

09/05/2007 During his visit to Washington, D.C. in July, Department of Intercountry Adoptions Director Long informed the U.S. government that the Vietnamese government would issue an official schedule of adoption-related fees in September 2007. The fee schedule is required by … Continue reading

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Russia: Several Adoption Locations Reopened

09/05/2007 Adoptions are now taking place in several locations where they have been largely stalled for over a year, including the Yevreiskaya Autonomous Republic, the Bryansk Region, and the municipalities of Tomsk and Novosibirsk.

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Kenya: A Country Update

September 5, 2007 The government of Kenya has not recently indicated any change in its residence requirement policies for foreign adoptive parents. Kenya plans to accede to the Hague Adoption Convention.

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Nepal: Moratorium on Adoptions

09/5/2007 On May 8, the Nepali government imposed a moratorium on all intercountry adoptions pending the passage of adoption reform legislation by the Nepali cabinet. On May 23, the U.S. Embassy delivered a formal diplomatic note urging the Nepalese government … Continue reading

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Ethiopia: Increase in Intercountry Adoptions

September 5, 2007 The U.S. Department of States has estimated that the total number of orphan visas for FY-2007 will reach 1,300 – nearly double the FY-2006 level. The U.S. embassy in Addis Adaba is continuing to review cases to … Continue reading

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Colombia: International Relations Initiative Trip

September 5, 2007 Joint Council will travel to Columbia on September 9, 2007. This fact finding mission will incorporate meetings with various social service providers and government officials.

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China: CCAA Regulations

09/05/2007 The new CCAA regulations concerning intercountry adoptions officially took effect on May 1. As expected, these regulations have begun to reduce the number of U.S. citizens who adopt from China.

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Adopting from Brazil

08/14/2007 For more information about adopting from Brazil, please review the country-specific information for Brazil offered by the U.S. Department of State.

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Ukraine: Delays of Ukrainian Passports

08/01/2007 The U.S. Department of State recently posted a notice regarding the possible delays of issuance of new Ukrainian passports.

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Ethiopia: Hepatitis A in Adoptees

August 1, 2007 The CDC recently posted a notice regarding a Hepatitis A risk associated with Ethiopian adoptees, in response to several reported cases in children and adults linked to adoptees from Ethiopia.

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Russia: Transit Visas

07/09/2007 The following message regarding transit visas was posted by the Immigrant Visa Unit of the U.S. embassy in Moscow. “Dear representatives of adoption agencies: The U.S. embassy respectfully requests that adoption facilitators and agencies alert their clients to the … Continue reading

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Russia: Adoption Services May Be Resumed

07/06/2007 Joint Council was recently informed that the Russian Ministry of Education has begun issuing accreditations for agencies to resume adoption services in the country. We are working to confirm the Member organizations that have received their official documentation and will … Continue reading

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Russia: Change in Procedure to Obtain Visas

05/18/2007 The following notice was sent to Joint Council by the Consular Section in Moscow. The notice details an upcoming change in procedure to obtain visas for adopted children: “The U.S. embassy in Moscow wishes to alert you to an … Continue reading

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Georgia: A Country Update

May 14, 2007 In August 2006, the Georgia Ministry of Education informed the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia that a very limited number of Georgian children are eligible for intercountry adoption. Information about available children may be obtained … Continue reading

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Russia: Update on Adoption Agency Accreditation Delays

04/30/2007 The following announcement was made by the U.S. Department of State on Friday, April 27th: Update on Adoption Agency Accreditation Delays – No U.S.-based adoption service providers (adoption agencies) are currently accredited with the Ministry of Education and Science … Continue reading

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Ukraine:Resumed Acceptance of New Adoption Applications

04/16/2007 On April 16, 2007 the State Department for Adoptions and Protection of the Rights of the Child resumed acceptance of new adoption applications from U.S. citizens. All the rules and requirements have remained in place.

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Ukraine: SDAPRC Resignations

04/6/2007 On March 20, 2007, the SDAPRC Director Ludmyla Volynets, her First Deputy Ludmyla Balym, Deputy Director Inna Savchuk, and Head of the Intercountry Adoption Unit Olena Remen resigned. Due to their resignation, SDAPRC is not accepting any new dossiers … Continue reading

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Ukraine: Clarification on Bill #2562

3/26/07 Joint Council would like to provide some additional information on the bill # 2562 On Legislative Amendments to Ukraine’s Laws (regarding adoptions), based on clarification we have received from the State Department for Adoption and Protection of the Rights … Continue reading

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Ukraine: Parliament Passes Bill #2562

3/23/07 As Joint Council shared with the membership in November 2006, Ukraine would be introducing a bill that would implement changes to current Ukrainian adoption legislation. On Tuesday, March 20, 2007, the Parliament of Ukraine passed bill #2562 On Legislative … Continue reading

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Ukraine: Decree #313

3/8/07 On February 25, 2007 the Decree #313, issued by Minister for Family, Youth and Sports Victor Korzh, became effective. This Decree approves the Regulations on Acceptance of Adoption Documents from Foreign Citizens, an official document that describes current intercountry … Continue reading

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China: New Requirements for Intercountry Adoptions

03/08/2007 On December 21, 2006, the China Center for Adoption Affairs (CCAA) officially notified the U.S. Embassy in Beijing of new rules for intercountry adoption from China. The new requirements for intercountry adoption from China will take effect on May … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Joint Council Meeting With Department of State

1/29/2007 Joint Council staff and Board of Directors met with the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services last Monday in conjunction with our quarterly Board meeting. The following update was supplied to us by DOS: Deputy … Continue reading

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Russia: U.S. Adoption Agencies Successfully Registering as NGOs

01/29/2007 Joint Council staff and Board of Directors met with the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services last Monday in conjunction with our quarterly Board meeting. The following update was supplied to us by DOS: The … Continue reading

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Ukraine: Department of State Update, SDAPRC Accepting New Adoption Dossiers

1/29/07 Joint Council staff and Board of Directors met with the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services last Monday in conjunction with our quarterly Board meeting. The following update was supplied to us by DOS: As … Continue reading

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Kazakhstan: Positive News Regarding Intercountry Adoptions

January 25, 2007 Joint Council staff and Board of Directors met with the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Monday in conjunction with our quarterly Board meeting. The following update was supplied to us by … Continue reading

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Cambodia: Attempts to Move Forward

01/2007 Joint Council staff and Board of Directors met with the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Monday in conjunction with our quarterly Board meeting. The following update was supplied to us by DOS: During … Continue reading

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Ukraine: Decree #4939

1/16/2007 The U.S. Department of State has issued the following public notice regarding adoption quotas in Ukraine: On December 18, 2007, the Ministry for Family, Youth and Sports issued Decree # 4939 approving the number of new adoption dossiers from … Continue reading

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Georgia: Hague Convention

January 2, 2007 The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Convention) has the force of law in the United States and the Republic of Georgia. This has been confirmed by the Depository … Continue reading

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Nepal: Update from Department of State

1/2007 Joint Council staff and Board of Directors met with the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Monday in conjunction with our quarterly Board meeting. The following update was supplied to us by DOS: The … Continue reading

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Guatemala: 2006

December 18, 2006 The U.S. Department of State has issued an update regarding the Hague Convention and Guatemala. Click here to view a copy of the report. December 15, 2006 Tom DiFilipo, President & CEO, has issued an update on … Continue reading

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Ukraine: Public Notice on Voluntary Registration of Foreign Organizations

11/6/06 Public Notice on Voluntary Registration of Foreign Organizations in Ukraine On October 16, 2006 the Ukrainian State Department for Adoption and Protection of Rights of the Child (SDAPRC) approved Official Resolution #48 introducing voluntary registration for foreign organizations that … Continue reading

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Haiti: New Director of IBESR

November 6, 2006 The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince has reported that Gabrielle Beaudin was appointed the director of the Haitian social services agency, “Institut du Bien Entre Social et de Recherches” (IBESR) on Tuesday, October 3. Prospective adoptive parents should … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Government Adoption Reform

09/29/2006 The Vietnamese government does appear to be working on long-term reform to the adoption process, including eventual accession to the Hague Convention, but the near-term fixes to the immediate problems are more difficult. Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Maura … Continue reading

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Russia: Re-Accreditation

09/26/2006 As of September 15th, ten U.S. adoptive service providers have successfully completed the NGO registration process. DOS understands that the October 18th deadline, previously announced by the Ministry of Justice, still stands. Re-accreditation by the Ministry of Education is … Continue reading

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Ukraine: Transition to SDAPRC

9/26/06 The transition to the new State Department for Adoptions and the Protection of Children (SDAPRC) is continuing. This month, SDAPRC has interviews scheduled for 25 American families whose cases originated under the former National Adoption Center (NAC); another group … Continue reading

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China: CCAA Criteria

09/26/2006 The Office of Children’s Issues continues to hear rumors and anecdotes from the U.S. adoption community and among prospective adoptive parents looking to adopt Chinese children that the CCAA intends to impose stricter criteria on prospective families. The U.S. … Continue reading

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Cambodia: Adoption Reform Not Yet Finalized

09/2006 Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Maura Harty, together with Children’s Issues office director, Ellen Conway, traveled to Cambodia the week of September 11th and met with officials at the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Royal … Continue reading

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China: Rumors Regarding the China Center of Adoption Affairs

09/14/2006 Joint Council has received numerous calls and e-mails regarding rumors concerning possible policy changes from the China Center of Adoption Affairs ( CCAA). Joint Council maintains its policy of publishing information that has been confirmed and will not speculate … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Ministry of Justice to Stop Receiving Applications for ASPs

08/25/2006 The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi announced as of August 15, 2006, the Ministry of Justice of the Social Republic of Vietnam will temporarily stop receiving applications for establishment of office from American Adoption Service Providers.

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Romania 2006-2003

July 27, 2006 On the occasion of Romanian President Traian Basescu’s visit to the United States, the U.S. Senate passed S.Res.359 by unanimous consent. S.Res.359, introduced by Senator Mary Landrieu, is a resolution concerning the Government of Romania’s ban on … Continue reading

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Romania: Senate Passed S.Res.359

07/27/2006 On the occasion of Romanian President Traian Basescu’s visit to the United States, the U.S. Senate passed S.Res.359 by unanimous consent. S.Res.359, introduced by Senator Mary Landrieu, is a resolution concerning the Government of Romania’s ban on intercountry adoptions … Continue reading

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India: Update on Intercountry Adoption Process

July 2006 Embassy New Delhi states that CARA’s policies and procedures have not changed. In May, CARA did issue a revised “Guideline for Adoption from India in 2006″ that raised fees, but otherwise is substantively unchanged from the previous. The … Continue reading

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Cambodia: Revised Legislation Delayed

07/2006 Embassy Phnom Penh turned over to the Cambodian government (“RGC”) last Fall the results of the Holt survey. UNICEF has similarly provided to the RGC the results of its own survey on the provision of services to orphans. UNICEF … Continue reading

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Bulgaria: Intercountry Adoption Still an Option

07/18/2006 Despite persistent rumors to the contrary, there is no moratorium on Bulgarian intercountry adoptions. Last year, the U.S. Embassy in Sofia issued 29 IR-3 and IR-4 visas to Bulgarian orphans adopted by American families, and is currently averaging 1-2 … Continue reading

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Russia: NGO Law

07/06/2006 In May, the Government of Russia passed an NGO law which affects the accreditation of U.S. based adoption service providers. As of today, July 6th, embassy Moscow has not been able to gain clarification on the new requirements for … Continue reading

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China: Matching Time Increasing…

07/06/2006 The China Center for Adoption Affairs (CCAA) has, over the past several months, been taking significantly longer to match prospective adoptive parents and children than at this time a year ago. From the Spring 2006, it has been indicated … Continue reading

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Ukraine: Announcement of New Adoption Authority SDAPRC

7/3/06 On July 3, 2006 the Minister for Family, Youth and Sports, Yuriy Pavlenko, held a press conference to announce the official opening of the new adoption authority, to be known as the State Department for Adoption and Protection of … Continue reading

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China: Adoption Procedures Resumed

06/23/2006 Following the World Health Organizations’ lifting the travel warning to Beijing, China, the China Center of Adoption Affairs (CCAA) has resumed adoption procedures. CCAA had temporarily suspended adoption formalities on May 15, 2003 due to the SARS epidemic. Today, … Continue reading

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Ukraine: Notice of SDAPRC from the US Embassy in Kiev

6/14/06 The US Embassy in Kiev has received a diplomatic note dated June 6, 2006 from the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine noting the new adoption authority, the State Department for Adoption and Protection of … Continue reading

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Russia: Lapsing of US Agency Acceditations

05/24/2006 At this time, the accreditations of a number of US agencies working in Russia have lapsed. Russia has not yet issued reaccreditations for these agencies, and Joint Council is not aware of the time-frame in which this will happen. … Continue reading

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Ukraine: Department of State Estimates Transition to New Ukrainian Adoption Authority

5/17/06 The US Department of State estimates that the transition to the new Ukrainian adoption authority will be complete by mid to late June 2006. At this time, no appointments for US families in the process of adopting have been … Continue reading

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Russia: Foreign Adoption Service Providers Are Subject to New NGO Law

05/05/2006 Joint Council has learned the following from the U.S. Department of State. The Russian Ministry of Education has confirmed that foreign adoption service providers are subject to the new NGO law. (Previously it was thought that adoption agencies would … Continue reading

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Russia: Timely Reaccreditation

05/03/2006 Joint Council wrote a letter to the Ministry of Education in Russia requesting the timely reaccreditation of adoption agencies up for renewal on May 17, 2006. Click here for a copy of the letter.

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Ukraine: Resolution #367

4/3/06 The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved Resolution #367 which officially recognizes the new adoption authority under the Ministry of Family, Youth, and Sports. The new Ukrainian adoption authority will be called the State Department for Adoption and Protection … Continue reading

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China: Our Letter to the Editor

03/15/2006 Joint Council writes a Letter to the Editor of the Washington Post in response to Sunday’s news article “Stealing Babies for Adoption” about the child trafficking ring in China.

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Bulgaria: Availability of Children for Adoption

02/07/2006 Statement on Adoptions from the US Embassy in Bulgaria: (More information is available at http://sofia.usembassy.gov/adoption3.html) Availability of Children for Adoption Recent statistics reflect the following pattern for visa issuance to Bulgarian orphans adopted by American citizens: 2001 295 2002 … Continue reading

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Russia: Reaccreditation Certificates and Joint Council Members

02/06/2006 The Russian Ministry of Education has issued reaccreditation certificates to four agencies in the US. Two of these agencies are Joint Council member agencies. The Ministry has also informed the US embassy in Moscow that there are a number … Continue reading

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Ukraine: Intercountry Adoptions Suspended

2/3/06 Ukraine suspends inter-country adoptions until U.S. families comply with post-placement reporting requirements. Click here to read the joint press release between Joint Council and NCFA.

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Kazakhstan: International Relations Initiative

February 3, 2006 On January 19th Joint Council met with the two representatives from Kazakhstan, Ms. Zaida Nurabayeva, Chief of the Department of Organizational Work, Office of Civil Event Records (ZAGS) and Mr. Toktarbay Yerzhanov, Chief of Department, Prosecutor General’s … Continue reading

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Ukraine: Legislation Grants Interim Authoriy to Process Adoptions

2/1/06 President Yushchenko has signed the legislation granting interim authority to the Ukrainian NAC to process adoptions until May 1.

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Ukraine: Instructions for Submitting Post Placement Reports

1/30/06 Instructions for Submitting Post Placement Reports According to the Consular Section of the Ukrainian Embassy, post-placement reports “should be submitted once a year for the first three years after adoption, and then once every three years until the child … Continue reading

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Ukraine: US Adoptive Families Must Submit Missing Post Placement Reports

1/27/06 Important Message on Post Placement Reports Currently the Ukrainian government is citing that they are missing post placement reports for approximately 900 children who were adopted to the United States between 1996 and 2004. Ukrainian adoption officials have indicated … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Licensing of 9 ASPs

1/18/2006 The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi has released the following information. The Department of International Adoptions in Vietnam has licensed a total of 9 US adoption agencies (7 of whom are Joint Council members).  Additional applications are pending, although we … Continue reading

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Guatemala: 2008

December 23, 2008 The U.S. Department of State has released the following update on Casa Quivira and Semillas de Amor cases: Casa Quivira According to our records, fourteen of the original 46 children who were living at Casa Quivira when … Continue reading

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Kazakhstan: Update on Post-Placement Reports

December 16, 2005 In response to the hold on adoptions as announced by the Mayor of Almaty, Joint Council has sent a letter offering assistance in the collection of post placement reports and encouraging the government to proceed with intercountry … Continue reading

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Romania: Chris Smith (NJ) Remarks

12/15/2005 Representative Chris Smith (NJ) placed remarks in the Congressional Record regarding Romania’s ban on intercountry adoption.

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Romania: Romania Denies Adoption Requests

12/7/2005 Romania denies adoption requests. The Bucharest Daily News is reporting that Romania’s Office for Adoptions (ORA) has announced that they will deny all remaining “pipeline” cases. Click here to read the article.

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Romania: Department of State Public Conference

11/29/2005 The US Department of State held a public conference call for waiting families to speak with the newly appointed US Ambassador to Romania, Nicholas Taubman. Ambassador Taubman answered questions from families regarding those who had been contacted the previous … Continue reading

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China: CCAA Addresses Matching Process

11/29/2005 The China Center for Adoption Affairs (CCAA) posted the following on their website (http://www.china-ccaa.org): Regards to the length of time period during matching process Recently, there are many speculations on the waiting time period for adoption process for inter-country … Continue reading

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Ukraine: State Department Confirmations on New Legislation

11/23/05 The State Department has just confirmed information regarding adoptions from Ukraine. First, the legislation that will officially move adoption processing to the Ministry of Family, Youth and Sports has passed through the Ukrainian Congress. It is now awaiting presidential … Continue reading

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Kazakhstan: Post-Placement Reports

November 23, 2005 Regarding concerns over delays from Almaty city, the State Department has confirmed that the Mayor of Almaty has announced that he will not accept new dossiers until all outstanding post placement reports for that region have been … Continue reading

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Romania: Information on 101 “Pipeline” Cases

11/18/2005 The Romanian office of adoptions has given the State Department information on 101 of the “pipeline” cases. These 101 families were contacted by the State Department on November 17th and 18th: 94 of these cases will be closed (dossiers … Continue reading

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China: Travel Alert

November 13, 2005 The United States Consulate General Guangzhou posted the following: Terrorist Threat for Americans in Guangzhou The United States Government has received credible information that a terrorist threat may exist against official U.S. Government facilities in Guangzhou. This … Continue reading

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Guatemala: 2005

November 8, 2005 IMPORTANT MESSAGE from US Citizenship and Immigration Services Joint Council is aware that families adopting from Guatemala have recently experienced increased delays while waiting to receive their pre-approval from Citizenship and Immigration Services. Today we spoke at … Continue reading

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Kazakhstan: Updates to Dossier

November 4, 2005 This morning the Consular section of the Embassy updated its website with new information for adoption of children from Kazakhstan. This included two comprehensive documents, a list of requirements for submitting a dossier and a cover letter.

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Ukraine: Delays for Intercountry Adoptions

11/1/05 The Government of Ukraine stated that it will not allow cases to be processed that were received after September 19, when announcements were first made regarding delays for intercountry adoptions. They again emphasized the importance of receiving post-placement reports … Continue reading

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China: Joint Proposal for Promoting Healthy Development of Children

10/20/2005 Joint Council sent a letter to the China Center of Adoption Affairs (CCAA) in support of the Joint Proposal for Promoting Healthy Development of Children in China’s Welfare Institutions. The Joint Proposal states that through mutual effort all parties … Continue reading

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Romania: Letter to US Committee on Foreign Relations

10/19/2005 Joint Council sent a letter to the US Committee on Foreign Relations requesting that during the confirmation hearing of nominee Nicholas Taubman for Ambassador to Romania, Mr. Taubman’s opinion and support of intercountry adoption be explored. Joint Council expressed … Continue reading

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Kazakhstan: No New Dossiers

October 14, 2005 – KAZAKHSTAN WILL ACCEPT NO NEW DOSSIERS UNTIL NOVEMBER The Embassy of Kazakhstan has confirmed that they will accept no new paperwork from agencies or families until early to mid-November as they revise adoption policies within Kazakhstan. … Continue reading

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Ukraine: Adoption Suspension on New Dossiers

9/21/05 Ukraine – Adoption Suspension on New Dossiers (09/21/05) On September 21, 2005 the Government of Ukraine informed the U.S. Embassy in Kiev that the National Adoption Center (NAC) of Ukraine was suspending the acceptance of new adoption dossiers from … Continue reading

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China: China joins the Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention

09/16/2005 China joins the Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention The People’s Republic of China deposited its instrument of ratification of the Hague Convention with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. China will enter into force and become a “Hague Country” on … Continue reading

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Romania: Summary of Helsinki Comission Hearing

09/15/2005 Summary of Helsinki Commission Hearing On Wednesday, September 14th, the Helsinki Commission held a hearing on Romania’s ban on intercountry adoption. Rep. Chris Smith (NJ) presided over the hearing as chairman. Representatives Benjamin Cardin (MD), Joseph Pitts (PA) and … Continue reading

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Russia: You Are Invited!

09/15/2005 Joint Council is hosting a Reception for a visiting Russian Delegation on Thursday, Septber 15, 2005 and would like to invite families in the DC/ MD/ VA area. The event is a wonderful opportunity for the Delegation to witness … Continue reading

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Romania: Helsinki Commision to Examine Romania’s Adoption Policy

09/14/2005 HELSINKI COMMISSION TO EXAMINE IMPACT OF ROMANIA’S ADOPTIONS POLICY (Washington) – Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), Chairman of the United States Helsinki Commission, announced that the Commission will hold a hearing on the impact of Romania’s newly implemented ban on … Continue reading

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Russia: Press Release

09/2005 Joint Council releases a press release after convening a coalition meeting to discuss guidelines and response to Russian tragedies. In response to the recent alleged incidents of abuse involving Russian adopted children, Joint Council on International Children’s Services (Joint … Continue reading

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Russia: Documentation Requirements For Families

08/29/2005 The US emembassy in Moscow has released the following statement regarding documentation requirements for families traveling to Russia. More information on this and details on all documentary requirements can be found on the US emembassy in Moscow’s Adoption Visa … Continue reading

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Russia: Legislation Limiting Options

08/08/2005 Joint Council cautions against rash legislation limiting the options for Russian orphans but encourages strengthening and improving the intercountry adoption system. Joint Council on International Children’s Services (Joint Council) is saddened by the recent reports of the January 2005 … Continue reading

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Ukraine: Joint Council Meeting with Consul-General MaryKay Carlson and Representatives of the US State Department

7/28/05 Joint Council met with Consul-General MaryKay Carlson from the US Embassy in Kiev and representatives of the US Department of State to discuss upcoming changes in the Ukraine system. Presently adoption cases are being processed and new dossiers are … Continue reading

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Ukraine: Joint Council Letter to President Yushchenko

7/20/05 The Department of State recently issued the following notice. JCICS sent a letter to President Yushchenko last week. Click here to read the letter. Ukraine – Government Announces Priority on Children’s Issues On July 11, 2005, Ukrainian President Viktor … Continue reading

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Ukraine: Expected Resolution to Dissolve the National Adoption Center

7/15/05 Ukraine’s Ministry of Family, Youth and Sports has announced that the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers is expected to issue a resolution in the near future that will dissolve the present National Adoption Center under the Ministry of Education, and … Continue reading

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Russia: Response to Russian Adopted Child’s Death

07/08/2005 Joint Council releases the following response to today’s news report that a Russian adopted child died as result of physical abuse by her adoptive mother. The mother is currently being held without bond and if convicted, she could face … Continue reading

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Romania: Letter Sent to President Basescu

06/29/2005 The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) sent a letter to President Basescu regarding the processing of the pipeline cases. The letter was signed by 44 members of Congress, one of the highest signature counts on record at CCAI.

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Vietnam: Agreement Between US and Vietnam Signed

6/21/2005 Today the agreement between the United States and Vietnam concerning intercountry adoptions was signed. The momentous event took place at the Department of State in the Delegates Lounge and was well attended by government officials, NGOs and families. Minister … Continue reading

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Russia: What To Do If Your Agency Is Not Reaccredited

06/14/2005 The Russian Ministry of Education has accredited a number of U.S. agencies in mid-May. Since that time, more agencies have been accredited. Q; What if my agency is not listed? If your agency has not received re-accreditation they may … Continue reading

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Russia: Reaccreditation Process Notice

05/24/2005 The US Department of State just released the following notice on the reaccreditation process in Russia: RUSSIA IMPORTANT NOTICE ON ADOPTIONS May 24, 2005 This notice replaces the notice of March 22, 2005. The U.S. embassy in Moscow informed … Continue reading

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