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 Thursday, May 28, 2009. These six families traveled to Washington, at their own expense, and represented 65 children and families currently unable to complete their adoption due to the current suspension of intercountry adoption. We extend our appreciation to the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute for their facilitation of the meeting with Congressional Offices and to the Joint Council Krygyz Working Group for their invaluable contributions to these meetings.
Meetings with the Kygyz delegation were made possible through the U.S. Department of State International Visitor’s Program (IVP). Joint Council strongly advocated for the inclusion of a Kyrgyz delegation as part of the IVP and for a meeting between the potential adoptive parents, Members of Congress and the U.S. Department of State. We extend our thanks to DOS, the Kyrgyz delegation and the 21 Members of Congress who participated in the meetings.
In addition to the meetings noted above, a group of 11 families who have adopted Kyrgyz children, traveled to Washington at their own expense, to support the lifting of the suspension, the potential adoptive families and the children in need. This group, along with the country coordinators of Christian World Adoption and Nightlight Adoptions met with the delegation and Kyrgyz Embassy officials at the Kyrgyz Embassy. This gathering was especially effective in assuring the Kyrgyz delegation of the safety, happiness, cultural heritage and loving families provided through intercountry adoption.
The Kyrgyz delegation also held extensive meetings with the U.S. Department of State, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute and other key stakeholders.
The meetings were very productive particularly the presentations by the potential adoptive families. The meetings not only addressed intercountry adoption but also the problems associated with foster care and other detrimental forms of temporary care. At the conclusion of the meeting with the families, the Kyrgyz delegation expressed their commitment to ‘do the possible and the impossible’ to ensure that the children are able to complete their adoptions.