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, adoption service providers and prospective adoptive parents can expect an increase in the processing time. The Government of Liberia is concerned over the increasing number of cases in which adoptive parents have decided to terminate their parent/child relationship with Liberian adoptive children. The Ministry learned of two recent cases where Liberian adoptive children were returned to Liberia and abandoned by their adoptive parents, or placed in foster care after being adopted. Additionally, adoption service providers and prospective adoptive parents should be aware that a revised adoption law was submitted to Parliament in November 2007. If enacted, the new law would provide additional safeguards to protect adoptive children, birth parents, and prospective adoptive parents.

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