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. The GOL expects to resume adoptions this year after its adoption law, policy, and guidelines have been established.

American citizens have been alerted that the Government of Liberia suspended

adoption services provided by the agencies West African Children Support Network (WACSN) and Acres of Hope (AOH) on January 22. The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare announced that it is investigating WACSN and AOH to ensure that the children in their care are properly cared for and that adoptions are conducted in accordance with Liberian adoption law. American citizens who have pending adoption applications with either agency should contact the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia at monroviaadoptions@state.gov before traveling to Liberia.

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