August 14, 2003
Peacekeepers Move Into Port of Liberian Capital
On August 6, Joint Council attended a briefing at the U.S. Department of State regarding intercountry adoptions in Liberia. There are reportedly close to 30 pending adoption cases between U.S. Citizens and Liberian orphans, with hundreds of additional children languishing in orphanages desperate for food and safe shelter. All parties involved are concerned about the welfare of the children and are hoping for a swift resolution to the current situation. The Department of State maintains that once the situation is more stable the Consulate Office will work diligently to process the adoption cases. Currently the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia has ordered the departure of all non-emergency personnel. The Embassy’s consular services investigate the legitimacy of an adoption case in Liberia (to ensure the child meets the U.S. definition of an orphan) and also issues visas for the adopted child to travel to the United States.