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 the remarks were quite balanced and included strong statements against corruption and child trafficking. He urged the prosecution of government officials and orphanage directors involved in child trafficking.
Further, Joint Council understands that Vice-Premier Uktomkhan Abdullaeva informed committee members that according to reports and photos provided to her (referencing the Kyrgyz Adoptee Stories collected by Joint Council and distributed throughout the Kyrgyz Government) that children adopted by U.S. citizens were in the care of safe, permanent and loving families. Further she urged the tracking of post-adoption reports. Joint Council urges all adoptive families and adoption service providers to ensure all post-adoption reports are filed.
It is Joint Council’s understanding that the committee will recommend to the parliament the ratification of the Hague Convention. The issues of intercountry adoption, the Hague Convention and the 65 pending cases should be discussed in the coming week. The fate of the 65 children whose cases are currently pending is still unknown.
Finally, after Joint Council’s continued advocacy with the U.S. Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues it is our understanding that there will be a conference call for key stakeholders – including the 65 adoptive families, adoption service providers and Joint Council – on Wednesday, April 15, 2009. The Office of Children’s Issues will be hosting the call and contacting individuals directly in the coming days.
Joint Council will continue to advocate for the children of Kyrgyzstan and the potential adoptive families who wish to adopt them. We will continue to monitor the situation and update stakeholders, both through email updates and updates to our website, as needed. Also of note, due to economic hardships Joint Council’s offices are currently drastically understaffed and we respectfully request that potential adoptive families understand that we may be unable to answer individual questions and comments. However, as noted above, as soon as further information is available we will update all stakeholders via email and our website.