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  • Nepal Earthquake Response In light of the earthquake on April 25th, our deepest sorrows are with the country of Nepal, the victims of the earthquake, and their families. Our sincere thanks to those who are on the ground in Nepal aiding the victims of this tragedy. Joint Council has convened a group of Partners who have operations on the ...
  • Department of State 2014 Annual Report on Intercountry Adoptions Today, the Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs released their FY 2014 Annual Report on Intercountry Adoptions. You can access the PDF directly here: http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/aa/pdfs/fy2014_annual_report.pdf.
  • We Need Your Stories Every year, the Adoption Tax Credit helps many families with the expenses that often come with adoption. A family recently shared their story with us: “My wife and I adopted our first child, a girl, from Ethiopia in 2011.  She has a chronic medical condition which requires constant medication and regular medical attention.  Just before we ...
  • Adoption Coalition Co-Chairs Named for the 114th Congress The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute sent out the following press release: CCAI PRESS RELEASE – MARCH 24, 2015 SENATORS BLUNT (R-MO) AND KLOBUCHAR (D-MN) AND REPRESENTATIVE TRENT FRANKS (R-AZ 08) NAMED AS ADOPTION COALITION CO-CHAIRS FOR THE 114TH CONGRESS WASHINGTON, DC, March 24, 2015 – The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), in partnership with the Congressional Coalition on Adoption ...
  • Putting Families First Conference Schedule Announced Joint Council is so excited to be partnering with the National Counsel For Adoption to present Putting Families First: Family Strengthening to Adoption Conference.  The schedule for this event is now available. This conference is bringing together a diverse group of professionals and experts in the field of child welfare and advocacy to discuss the importance of permanent ...
  • A Decade of Leadership Last week, The Board of Directors of the Joint Council (JCICS) announced that Tom DiFilipo will be stepping down as Executive Director after close to a decade of leadership. We are grateful for Tom’s tireless efforts as a passionate and outspoken advocate on behalf of orphans and vulnerable children. Under Tom’s leadership, JCICS has gained a ...
  • Attachment-Focused Parenting Webinar Announced As part of our ongoing Distance Learning Program, we are pleased to announce Attachment-Focused Parenting, the latest in our series of webinars to help families succeed and remain strong. Attachment-Focused Parenting Create a PLACE with your children Thursday February 5, 2015 7:00PM Central Q&A: 8:00PM Secure parent-child attachments are essential to healthy child development, but often adoption can present challenges to the ...
  • Emerging Leaders Scholarship Application is NOW OPEN! Update: Applications for the 2015 Emerging Leaders Scholarship are no longer being accepted. Joint Council is pleased to announce our second annual Emerging Leaders Scholarship.The scholarship provides financial support for five (5) emerging leaders working in the child welfare field to attend our 2015 child welfare conference, Putting Family First: Family Strengthening to Adoption in Arlington, VA from June ...
  • Submit your RFP today!     Are you a great public speaker with a desire to see every child live in a permanent and loving home?  Professionals and academics in the child welfare community are invited to submit proposals to present at Joint Council’s Putting Family First: Family Strengthening to AdoptionConference with National Council for Adoption in Arlington, VA from June 22 ...
  • Adoption Alert: Vietnam “Vietnam Authorizes U.S. Adoption Service Providers – Intercountry Adoptions from Vietnam to the United States through a Special Adoption Program May Commence on September 16, 2014. September 12, 2014 Vietnam’s Central Adoption Authority, the Ministry of Justice, announced that it has authorized two U.S. adoption service providers to facilitate intercountry adoptions in Vietnam: Dillon International, Inc. Holt International Children’s ...
  • Announcing Make Change For Children 2014! Last year, you made a true difference in the lives of our world’s most vulnerable children, those living without the love and protection of a forever family. You held lemonade stand fundraisers. You ran through the streets of your home town – raising your voice, awareness and funds with every step.  On Halloween you went trick-or-treating for ...
  • U.S. Secretary of State Meeting with DRC President On August 4, Secretary of State John Kerry met with DRC President Joseph Kabila to stress the urgency of lifting the suspension on the issuance of exit permits for Congolese adopted children.  Secretary Kerry strongly emphasized our humanitarian concern for the children and families affected by the suspension, and urged that children whose adoptions were ...
  • Visa Delay Updates from Department of State Progress has been made and most of the backlog of nonimmigrant visas have been processed. There are very few delays on immigrant visas, adoption cases, and emergency nonimmigrant visa cases. Department of State Officials are working diligently to close the remaining open cases impacted by the delays. Work is continuing on bringing the Consular Consolidated ...
  • Partner Receives USAID Grant One of our Partners, Buckner International, just received a grant from USAID to help vulnerable kids stay in safe families through a two-year program called “Foster Hope Guatemala.”  The four key objectives of the program are: Get 103 institutionalized children into foster families. Create a team of experts to manage the cases of vulnerable children. Train and equip ...
  • Department of State Visa Update Joint Council has been in constant communication with the Department of State in order to keep track of their progress in resolving the computer glitch in processing Visa requests. We have been informed that no Visas will be processed by hand and the DoS is still mediating the computer issues. As more information is released, ...
  • Important Notice: Delay in Passport and Visa Processing Times “As of July 27, the Department of State has made continued progress on restoring our system to full functionality. As we restore our ability to print visas, we are prioritizing immigrant cases, including adoptions visas. System engineers are performing maintenance to address the problems we encountered. As system performance improves, we will continue to process visas ...
  • Reminder on proper Pre-Adoption Immigration Review (PAIR) processing order The Department of State reminds adoption service providers (ASPs) and prospective adoptive parents that the entire PAIR process must be completed in every case BEFORE the adoption petition is filed at the Federal First Instance Court (FFIC) in Addis Ababa. The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa notes that many ASPs instead file with the FFIC at ...
  • September Webinar: Tired of Timeouts Join us for our September webinar, Tired of Timeouts: Discipline, Attachment and the Adopted Child, on September 4th at 7PM Central.  Traditional discipline methods can be ineffective and even potentially damaging for adopted children – children who have experienced loss. Discipline needs to correct behavior while focusing on keeping a strong connection with your child. Join Dafna ...
  • Shopping on Amazon? Support Joint Council using AmazonSmile! We are now registered with AmazonSmile as one of their participating organization. This will link our supporters directly to smile.amazon.com in support of your Joint Council  http://smile.amazon.com/ch/91-1171174.  Please use it yourself (you can even set up a chrome toolbar so it takes you there every time you shop on Amazon.)  Supports can also go to ...
  • Benin Announces Temporary Suspension of Intercountry Adoption Applications Benin informed the State Department that, as of May 22, it has temporarily suspended acceptance of new applications for intercountry adoptions as the Benin government prepares to implement the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Convention). The suspension applies to both plenary and simple adoptions of Beninese ...
  • UAA Transition Case Guidance and Example Cases This notice provides a link to new UAA transition case guidance for cases begun before the effective date of the UAA – July 14, 2014 – and completed on or after the effective date.   Topics include guidance on •      Cases that are UAA grandfathered; •      Primary provider requirements in IR-3 cases that are not UAA grandfathered in which ...
  • Direction Générale de Migration to Review Grandfathered Cases In a June 6th meeting, the Congolese Direction Générale de Migration (DGM) informed the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa that the DGM would be willing to conduct a review of the documents for the children whose cases appear to meet the DGM’s exception criteria (outlined in the Department of State’s October 23, 2013 Adoption Alert) and ...
  • Request for information about medically critical cases pending in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) The Department of State continues to engage the Direction Générale de Migration (DGM) concerning the issuance of exit permits for adopted children affected by the DRC’s exit permit suspension. The DGM has been willing to consider cases of adoptive children facing serious medical conditions that cannot be treated in the DRC. To aid in this ...
  • Reports of Child-Buying Operations in Nigeria Over the past several months, Nigerian media outlets have reported on government raids and closures of alleged child-buying operations posing as orphanages or homes for unwed mothers. Prospective adoptive parents are warned about possible scams involving children who may be illicitly offered for adoption. We encourage prospective adoptive parents to review our website,adoption.state.gov, for information about ...
  • Brazil Accepts Adoption Service Provider Applications for Authorization The Autoridade Central Administrativa Federal of the Secretaria de Direitos Humanos (ACAF), the Brazilian Central Authority for the Hague Adoption Convention, officially announced last week that it will accept applications from U.S. Hague accredited adoption service providers (ASPs) for authorization to provide intercountry adoption services in Brazil.  Only adoption service providers that have been accredited or ...
  • Rebecca’s Notes From the Field in Haiti Part II: May 14, 2014 “I’ve struggled to write this post about Rene because it’s all so complicated, just like nearly everything is in Haiti.  Nearly everything is harder than it seems it should be.  There are always so many barriers to jump over, so many small problems in one slightly larger problem.  And for a privileged American, who’s managed ...
  • Rebecca’s Notes From the Field in Haiti: May 14, 2014 “I’ve been in Haiti for three days and today is the first time I’ve attempted to write my thoughts and feelings down, something that is very unlike me. It’s hard to explain why, even to myself – something about wanting to keep all of this inside me, wanting to feel it alone. Perhaps it’s because ...
  • CHIFF Webinar Announced On Tuesday, May 20th, Senator Mary Landrieu and Representative Trent Franks will join the Children in Families First Working Group during a free webinar on the Children In Families First Act of 2013. Here is the full invitation including how to register . Disclosure: Joint Council is a founding member of the Children in Families First Working ...
  • Post Placement Reports for Kazakhstan The U.S. Dept. of State (DOS) has begun sending letters to families who appear on a list of those missing post adoption reports.  The list of 450 names was provided to DOS by the Government of Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan is focused on getting any kind of report and is accepting self reports or old reports (with photos) ...
  • U.S. Department of Justice Announces Indictment The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that four current and former employees of International Adoption Guides Inc. (IAG), an adoption services provider, have been indicted by a grand jury in South Carolina for allegedly conspiring to defraud the United States in connection with IAG’s adoption services in Ethiopia.  Click here for the full ...
  • Haiti Complies with the Hague Convention Based on today’s conference call with the Department of State (DOS) it appears that DOS will approve Hague adoptions from Haiti.  We applaud Haiti’s efforts to implement the Convention in a way that brings added protection to children and families while maintaining an active and uninterrupted adoption service for children in need. DOS along with US ...
  • A Lost Boy Finds His Calling (video) Some phrases are shop worn cliches.  And sometimes they represent the truth.  We hope you will agree; Izidor Ruckel’s story is a ‘must see’. Click here to watch.  
  • Promoting The Hague Convention Isn’t Enough – Advocates Send Letter To Sec. Kerry Hague Convention Compliance Determinations The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has rightly encouraged all countries to become partners in the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption.  The Convention, when properly implemented, can provide much needed protections for children, families of birth and adoptive families.  However encouragement without support simply isn’t enough. Over the past 5 years 13 countries ...
  • Child Welfare Advocates Request Review of State Department policies Prohibiting Orphaned Children from Benefitting from International Adoption Child Welfare Advocates Request Review of State Department policies Prohibiting Orphaned Children from Benefitting from International Adoption
  • Exciting New Updates to Orphan Nutrition Site Exciting New Updates to Orphan Nutrition Site
  • Children in Families First Act On September 19, 2013 Senator Mary Landrieu and Senator Roy Blunt introduced the Children in Families First Act of 2013.  This legislation has the potential to make a significant difference in the way the United States supports children living outside of parental care worldwide. Please visit the Children in Families First website,which describes the bill.  Then ...
  • Symposium 2014 Check out the Symposium 2014 site! 
  • Child Trafficking for Any Reason Must Stop Check out Joint Council’s response to the recent film “Baby Sellers” that aired on Lifetime 08/17/2013
  • Action Alert: Contact Your Member of Congress regarding Russia Members of Congress have a short window of opportunity to sign on to two letters regarding Russia’s recent decision to ban adoptions to the United States.  The first letter is to President Vladimir Putin of Russia and the second is to President Obama.  Both letters appeal to each leader to recognize the basic human rights ...
  • Confused by the Adoption Tax Credit? Adoption Tax Credit Working Group Publishes FAQ To Help With Your Adoption The Adoption Tax Credit, recently signed into law by President Obama is rather complex and can also be confusing.  Given these complexities, the Adoption Tax Credit Working Group, of which Joint Council is a founding member, has published a FAQ to help you gain ...
  • Russia May Lift Adoption Ban for Specific Adoption Cases Uncertainty Continues for Children and Families Joint Council can confirm that the Government of Russia will honor the bilateral treaty signed by both countries during all of 2013.  The Government of Russia has provided the U.S. Department of State notice that the agreement will expire in 12-months.  This type of notice is required by the agreement ...
  • Watch: U.S. Ambassador Jacobs on Russian Adoption Ban Christiane Amanpour interviews U.S. Ambassador Susan Jacobs, Special Advisor to the Secretary for Children’s Issues at the State Department, on the recent Russian ban on intercountry adoption to the U.S. To watch the interview click here.
  • Adoption Alert: Russia Update from the Dept of State On January 3, 2013  the U.S. Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues released the following alert regarding the Ban on Intercountry Adoptions to the United States. The update can be found on their website here.  Joint Council hopes to have additional updates next week.  As they become available, we will distribute. Alert: Legislation to Ban ...
  • Congress Passes Adoption Tax Credit! On January 1st, the US House of Representatives passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act (full text) which includes a permanent extension of the adoption tax credit and was signed into law on the 2nd.   As a more complete understanding of the law’s impact becomes available during this week, we will publish the details and specifics ...
  • Congress Passes Universal Accreditation All Adoption Service Providers Required to be Hague Accredited For the past 5 years Joint Council has championed the concept of universal accreditation and have implemented a policy to that end for 2013 Joint Council Partners.   We are therefore pleased to report that on Tuesday, January 1st, the House voted on and passed the Intercountry Adoption ...
  • Adoption Alert: Russia Update from Dept of State On December 31, 2012 the U.S. Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues released the following alert regarding the Ban on Intercountry Adoptions to the United States. The update can be found on their website here.  Joint Council hopes to have additional updates as the week continues, and will distribute as they become available. Alert: Legislation ...
  • Update: Russia Adoption Survey and Conference call There will be a conference call TODAY, at 4 PM EST, hosted by the Department of State. Information is provided below if you wish to participate in the call. Conference Call Invitation Friday, December 28, 2012; 4:00 pm EST The Department of State and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services invite interested parties to participate in a conference call ...
  • Putin Signs Ban on Intercountry Adoptions In what we can only describe as a tragedy, earlier today President Putin signed the ban on intercountry adoption.  The law goes into effect on January 1, 2013 and while some details remain unclear, it is being reported that the law supersedes the bi-lateral adoption agreement between the US and Russia.  The status of the ...
  • Update: Russian Ban on Intercountry Adoption Joint Council continues to actively advocate for a positive resolution to the pending intercountry adoption ban in Russia…
  • Adoption Alert: Russia Please see the below alert from the Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues regarding intercountry adoptions from Russia.  Please note that it requests prospective adoptive parents adopting from Russia to send their information to the Dept of State.   It is our understanding that President Putin plans to sign the ban to intercountry adoptions.  Joint ...
  • Potential Russian Ban of Intercountry Adoption to the United States Russian Parliament Proposes Ban in Retaliation for the Magnitsky Act  As of December 19, 2012, legislation was brought before the Russian Parliament to ban intercountry adoptions from the United States. This amendment to the Dima Yakovlev List was proposed as retaliation to the US passage of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, which imposes ...
  • CBS to air 14th Annual “A Home for the Holidays” On Wednesday, December 19th, CBS will air the 14th annual “A Home for the Holidays.” This powerful special shares stories of foster care adoption and features performances from some of America’s top musical talent. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is proud to be a part of this event since 1999 with our partners, Wendy’s, ...
  • Adoption Alert: The Honduran Adoption Authority Instituto Hondureño de la Niñez y la Familia (IHNFA), is Currently Closed due to a Strike October 17, 2012 As of October 2, 2012, employees of the Instituto Hondureño de la Niñez y la Familia (IHNFA) are on strike and IHNFA is closed.  The IHNFA is Honduras’ Child Welfare Authority and as such, it oversees adoptions.  IHNFA ...
  • Department of State announces Agreement between U.S. and Russia regarding Cooperation in adoption of children will enter into force on November 1, 2012 Department of State (DOS) announced today that the Agreement between the United States of America and the Russian Federation Regarding Cooperation in Adoption of Children will enter into force on Nov. 1, 2012. Both U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and DOS work to promote a safe, ethical, and transparent adoption process for prospective adoptive parents, ...
  • Special Needs section added to OrphanNutrition.org! Joint Council, along with our partners Mead Johnson Nutrition Foundation and SPOON Foundation,  launched OrphanNutrition.org, a website serving as an international portal of resources for the global program A Child’s Best Start earlier this year. We have recently added a new section which  contains information meeting special needs with background on common conditions such as ...
  • Most Vulnerable Casualty of DC Tax Battle May Be Orphans, Foster Kids Amid talk of the “fiscal cliff” and how much wealthier Americans should pay the government, not much attention has been paid to the most vulnerable class of tax code casualties: orphans and foster kids desperately hoping to be placed in loving homes. But among the so-called Bush tax cuts set to expire at the end of ...
  • Procedure for Agency Accreditation in Haiti The IBESR has released the procedures for getting accredited as an adoption service provider in Haiti. To view the document, click here.
  • The National Action Plan on Children In Adversity The National Action Plan on Children in Adversity (NAP) seeks to ensure that all children grow up within protective family care and free from violence, deprivation or danger. As supporters of the NAP, Joint Council, along with 92 other signees, called on President Obama to issue an Executive Order to implement the plan. Our thanks to ...
  • Save the Adoption Tax Credit Adoption Tax Credit Working Group- Save the Adoption Tax Credit Save The Adoption Tax Credit is one of the most urgent and important initiatives Joint Council will make in 2012.   We are actively participating in a number of initiatives designed to engage the US government in crafting policies favorable to families, children and intercountry adoption – ...
  • Notice: Adoptions from South Africa to Begin With Approval of U.S. Adoption Service Providers Notice: Adoptions from South Africa to Begin With Approval of U.S. Adoption Service Providers   On June 6, 2012, the Department of State’s Special Advisor for Children’s Issues, Susan Jacobs, and U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg officials met with the South African Ministry of Social Development’s Central Authority (SACA) to clarify South African intercountry adoption procedures.  SACA confirmed ...
  • Notice: Approval of the Agreement between the United States of America and the Russian Federation Regarding Cooperation in Adoption of Children   Notice: Approval of the Agreement between the United States of America and the Russian Federation Regarding Cooperation in Adoption of Children   On July 10, 2012 the Russian Duma approved the bilateral adoption agreement signed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on July 13, 2011.  This marks a significant milestone toward ...
  • Letter to President Obama Regarding Adoptee Deportatio​n Date    June 13, 2012 Letter to President Obama Regarding Adoptee Deportation Two days ago Joint Council and several of its partner organizations signed a letter to President Barack Obama regarding the deportation of adult adoptee Kairi Shepherd. The letter begins as follows: June 12, 2012 President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington DC, 20500 Dear President Obama, On May 8th, Kairi Shepherd, ...
  • Guatemala: President to speed up 350 US adoptions From Politico: Guatemala’s president says he’s willing to speed up 350 adoptions by U.S. couples that were in process before his Central American nation suspended adoptions by foreigners in 2007 following allegations of fraud and baby theft. President Otto Perez Molina said Wednesday he hopes to resolve those cases after meeting with Sen. Mary Landrieu. The ...
  • Romania: USDOS Adoption Notice – New Adoption Law in Effect From the US Department of State: April 10, 2012 The Romanian Office for Adoptions announced that its new adoption law went into effect on April 7, 2012.  The new law allows for intercountry adoptions of Romanian children by relatives of the fourth degree of kinship, the spouse of the child’s natural parent, and Romanian citizens who are habitually ...
  • Adoption Notice: Romania Adoption Notice: Romania New Adoption Law in Effect April 11, 2012 The Romanian Office for Adoptions announced that its new adoption law went into effect on April 7, 2012. The new law allows for intercountry adoptions of Romanian children by relatives of the fourth degree of kinship, the spouse of the child’s natural parent, and Romanian citizens who are habitually ...
  • Kazakhstan: USDOS Adoption Notice – Approval of New Hague Convention Adoption Process From the US Department of State: April 5, 2012 The Ministry of Education and Science, the Central Authority of Kazakhstan, has confirmed that the governmental decree approving its new policies to process intercountry adoptions and accredit adoption agencies in Kazakhstan goes into effect on Thursday, April 5, 2012. The Government of Kazakhstan will begin accepting applications for accreditation ...
  • Korean Ministry of Health & Welfare’s Special Act on Adoption to come into force August 2012 March 31, 2012 From the Korean Ministry of Health & Welfare: Subject: The careful deliberation before child adoption and family court permit system is being introduced. Adopted child will be given the status of foster child equal to biological child so that legal relationship with adoptive parents can be secured. Ministry of Health and Welfare will prepare the whole amendment ...
  • Adoption Alert: Government of Laos Announces Suspension of Intercountry Adoption March 30, 2012 The Office of the Government of Laos announced on February 20, 2012, that the authorization to allow foreigners to adopt Lao children is suspended until appropriate regulations and procedures are established on intercountry adoption.  Updated information will be provided as it becomes available on adoption.state.gov. 
  • Bhutan: USDOS Adoption Alert – Notice on Suspension of all Intercountry Adoptions in Bhutan March 26, 2012 From the US Department of State: March 23, 2012 Effective January 1, 2012, the Government of Bhutan temporarily suspended all intercountry adoptions pending approval of a new adoption law by the King.  The adoption bill was drafted to clarify Bhutan’s adoption procedures.  The National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC), the Bhutanese government agency responsible ...
  • Joint Council Position Openings! Joint Council is pleased to announce three exciting position openings for the 2012 year!  This is a great opportunity for individuals, college students, or graduate students to gain hands on experience in the field of children’s welfare.  In the past, our interns have been young professionals and students interested in such areas as: social work, ...
  • Adoption Notice: Cambodia The Office of Children’s Issues wishes to provide a further update for U.S. citizens interested in intercountry adoptions with Cambodia. The Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation recently announced to all embassies with diplomatic and consular missions in Cambodia that the Cambodian government has decided to delay the date that it will begin receiving ...
  • Russia: Putin Urges Limiting Foreign Adoption of Russian Kids March 9, 2012 From RIA Novosti: The adoption of Russian children by foreign families should become a “rare exception,” prime minister and president-elect Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday. “We should try to ensure that most children find their families here in Russia,” Putin told a government meeting in Moscow. “Foreign adoptions should become a rare exception, a last ...
  • India: USDOS Adoption Notice – CARA Lifts Temporary Suspension of Acceptance of New Dossiers March 9, 2012 From the US Department of State: March 7, 2012 This is an update to our notice dated October 5, 2011 announcing a temporary suspension on the acceptance of new intercountry adoption cases in India.   CARA has informed the U.S. Central Authority that effective January 20, 2012, it will begin accepting new adoption applications under its new guidelines.  Under ...
  • Adverse Action taken by Council on Accreditation towards Huminska’s Anioly, Inc. March 8, 2012 From the US Department of State: On March 2, 2012, the Council on Accreditation (COA) made the decision to temporarily suspend Huminska’s Anioly, Inc. for failing to maintain substantial compliance with the Hague accreditation standards. Huminska’s Anioly, Inc. is a Hague accredited adoption service provider; however, they are authorized to operate in both Hague and ...
  • Democratic Republic of Congo: USDOS Adoption Notice – Release of Adopted Children from Orphanages March 8, 2012 From the US Department of State: Democratic Republic of Congo March 5, 2012 Notice: Release of Adopted Children from Orphanages Prospective adoptive parents considering adopting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) should be aware that the U.S. Embassy has received reports that a number of legally adopted children, including those with valid immigration visas to ...
  • Senegal: USDOS Adoption Alert – Suspension of New Applications to Adopt March 6, 2012 From the US Department of State: Senegal March 05, 2012 Alert: Suspension of New Applications to Adopt The Government of Senegal has announced that it is temporarily suspending all new intercountry adoptions while it focuses on implementing the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (the Convention). The Convention entered ...
  • Adoptees deported by US March 6, 2012 From The Korea Times: Until 2001, when Korean children were sent to the U.S. for overseas adoption, it was their adoptive parents’ responsibility to naturalize them as U.S. citizens… Unlike European governments, the U.S. government did not automatically grant citizenship to overseas adoptees until 2001. The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 came into force on ...
  • Russia: USDOS Adoption Notice – Regional Suspensions on Adoption Processing in Russia March 5, 2012 From the US Department of State: March 01, 2012 The Department of State has received reports that local departments of education and some judges in Russia have instituted a de facto freeze on adoptions to the United States. In some instances we are told that local departments of education have refused to provide referrals which ...
  • Adoption Organizations Support President’s Proposal to Extend the Adoption Tax Credit February 29, 2012 Joint Council is pleased to announce that we have joined forces with a vast group of adoption organizations to support the President’s proposal to extend the Adoption Tax Credit.  A Press Release regarding the letter is below.  To view the letter to the President, please click here.  Joint Council will continue to update ...
  • Russia: USDOS Adoption Notice – Processing Time for Adoptions Increased   February 22, 2012 From the US Department of State: Russia February 21, 2012 Notice: Processing Time for Adoptions Increased On January 1, 2012, the Russian Family Code was amended so that presiding judges will announce decisions in cases, including intercountry adoption cases, at the end of in-person court hearings. Courts will issue written rulings five days later. In cases where ...
  • Reinstatement of U.S. Adoption Agency by IHNFA February 22, 2012 The U.S. Embassy in Honduras informs citizens that the Instituto Hondureño de la Niñez y la Familia (IHNFA ) recently reinstated U.S. adoption agency Gladney Center for Adoption, per IHNFA’s resolution SG-009-2012.   This message updates the prior Message for U.S. citizens published on January 30, 2012.  Gladney Center for Adoption is now accredited ...
  • Malawi: USDOS Adoption Notice – Ongoing Nationwide Judicial Strike Closes Courts in Malawi February 22, 2012 From the US Department of State: Malawi Feburary 08, 2012 Notice: Ongoing Nationwide Judicial Strike Closes Courts in Malawi Due to a nationwide judicial strike by certain judicial employees in Malawi, the court system halted all functions on January 9, 2012. Since this time, no new or pending cases have been processed. The strike has caused a ...
  • Macedonia Sacks Suspected Adoption Racketeers February 16, 2012 From Balkan Insight: Minister Spiro Ristovski has sacked the heads of welfare centres in the towns of Radovish and Krushevo, suspended 28 welfare ministry employees and has proposed the sackings of five others. Last November the ministry and police launched a major investigation into the adoption process in the country. This followed allegations that some ...
  • Update: Russia Intercountry Adoptions Over the last week there have been various news reports that Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs intends to suspend adoptions to the United States until the previously signed bi-lateral agreement between the United States and Russia is ratified by the Russian Duma. However, it is Joint Council’s understanding there are currently no plans for a ...
  • “Senate Foreign Relations Committee Seeks Input From Adoptive Families” It has come to our attention that there has been some confusion about the origin of the survey below.  To clarify, the survey was created and circulated at the request of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  As stated in the survey description below, results received by February 14th will be made available to the Committee, ...
  • In The News – “The Wheat and the Weeds” The following article about a little girl’s Guatemala900 international adoption recently appeared in Guatemala’s Prensa Libre newspaper…. Click here to see original article in the Prensa Libre.   (Photo: Lesly Mariela Vasquez Guarcas) It is apparent that even the best intentions can destroy the life of a child and its waiting parent, entangling them in the weeds of bureaucracy. The ...
  • Ex-US diplomat testifies in Argentine baby thefts February 8, 2012 From the Associated Press (via Google): A former U.S. diplomat testified Thursday that American officials knew Argentina’s military regime was taking babies from dead or jailed dissidents during its “dirty war” against leftists in the 1970s, and it appeared to be a systematic effort at the time. Elliot Abrams testified by videoconference from Washington ...
  • Uruguay approves $513,000 settlement for disappearance, illegal adoption during dictatorship February 8, 2012 From The Washington Post with Foreign Policy: Uruguay’s president has approved a $513,000 payment to Macarena Gelman, who was illegally adopted during the dictatorship after her mother was tortured and disappeared. The payment complies with an Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruling that accuses Uruguay of delaying justice for crimes committed by its dictatorship in ...
  • USCIS Unable to Resume Processing Adoptions from Vietnam February 8, 2012 From USCIS: Released Feb. 2, 2011 Intercountry Adoptions Under the Hague Adoption Convention WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced it cannot approve a Form I-800, Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative, filed on behalf of a child to be adopted from Vietnam. The Department of State (DOS) has determined ...
  • Vietnam Adoption Notice – U.S. Department of State to delay resuming adoptions in Vietnam February 3, 2012 From the US Department of State: Vietnam February 2012 Notice: U.S. Department of State to delay resuming adoptions in Vietnam The United States has determined that it will not resume intercountry adoptions in Vietnam on February 1, 2012, when the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption will enter into force ...
  • Honduras: US Embassy Message for U.S. Citizens – Barring of Two U.S. Adoption Agencies by IHNFA February 3, 2012 From The US Embassy (Honduras): Message for U.S. Citizens – Barring of Two U.S. Adoption Agencies by IHNFA  The U.S. Embassy in Honduras informs citizens that the Instituto Hondureño de la Niñez y la Familia (IHNFA ) has barred two U.S. adoption agencies from the local adoption process, effective immediately.  The IHNFA will no longer ...
  • U.S. Not To Resume Adoption With Vietnam The U.S. Department of State has issued a Notice confirming that the U.S. will not resume intercountry adoption with Vietnam.  The Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption went into force in Vietnam on February 1, 2012 however the Department of State stated that Vietnam “ does not yet have a fully Hague compliant process in place”. It ...
  • Nepal: USDOS Adoption Notice – U.S. Department of State Continues to Recommend Against Adopting from Nepal January 20, 2012 From the US Department of State: Nepal January 19, 2012 Notice: U.S. Department of State Continues to Recommend Against Adopting from Nepal On August 6, 2010, the U. S. Department of State and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) suspended processing of new adoption cases from Nepal involving children claimed to have been found abandoned, because ...
  • Kazakhstan: US DOS Adoption Notice – Kazakhstan New Family and Marriage Code Signed into Law January 17, 2012 From the US Department of State: U.S. Mission Kazakhstan has reported that President Nazarbayev signed into law the new Family and Marriage Code on December 26, 2011. The Ministry of Education now awaits government approval of its new policies to accredit agencies and process adoptions. The Department will post information on the new accreditation process ...
  • Kazakhstan: USDOS Adoption Alert – Update Ministry of Education plans to match families with pending adoption dossiers January 17, 2012 From the US Department of State: According to the Government of Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Education (MoE), all pending adoption dossiers that were not matched with children by December 15, 2010, will be returned and will have to be re-filed as Hague Convention cases once the Hague Convention is fully implemented. The Department of State ...
  • Ukraine: US Department of State Adoption Alert – SDA resumes processing adoptions in Ukraine January 17, 2012 From the US Department of State: On July 14, 2011, the presidential order which extends the State Department on Adoption’s (SDA’s) authority to process adoptions was published in Ukraine. We have been informed by the SDA that they have resumed processing adoption applications. As described in a previous alert, the SDA will have the ...
  • Families bring Vietnamese orphans home following three year fight January 9, 2012 From Fox 59 (Indiana): A time of celebration, tears of joy, and indescribable emotion. Wednesday, two central Indiana families got their miracle, years in the making. Three years ago, three Indiana couples thought they were months away from rescuing their children from a decaying Vietnam orphanage. They had no idea what they were about to ...
  • USCIS complacency surrounding alleged fraud in exporting Ethiopian children January 9, 2012 From Ethiomedia: Author: Yosef Yacob Despite the documented facts demonstrating fraud and misrepresentation, the unsettling status quo persists with superficial changes by the USCIS and the Department of State devoid of any effective protocols to ferret out the suspected racketeers in the adoption of Ethiopian children by good intentioned Americans.  While both USCIS and Department ...
  • Comprehensive Health Evaluation of the Newly Adopted Child From the American Academy of Pediatrics Clinical Report Veronnie F. Jones, MD, PhD, MSPH and  COMMITTEE ON EARLY CHILDHOOD, ADOPTION, AND DEPENDENT CARE Pamela C. High, MD Elaine Donoghue, MD Jill J. Fussell, MD Mary Margaret Gleason, MD Paula K. Jaudes, MD David M. Rubin, MD Elaine E. Schulte, MD Children who join families through the process of adoption often have multiple health care needs. After placement ...
  • Failed Adoptions Lead to More Homeless Youth January 9, 2012 From Chicago News Cooperative: Lamar West has lost parents twice in his life. The first time was when he was 4; the second was a month before his 18th birthday. The circumstances differed, but the outcomes did not. When West, 20, tries to remember his biological parents, his eyes close and his face goes still. ...
  • Announcing the winner of Joint Council’s 4th Annual Photo Contest…   Joint Council is pleased to announced the winner of the 2011 A Picture Perfect Moment Photo Contest: London Clark! Congratulations to London and the Clark Family! Joint Council would like to thank each and every family that sent in wonderful pictures of their children. Nothing warms out hearts more than seeing the smiling faces of children from ...
  • Update: Processing Plan for CNA Cases The Office of Children’s Issues provides updates to interested families and adoption service providers regarding Guatemalan intercountry adoptions.  If you received this e-mail in error and do not wish to receive future updates please notify AskCI@state.gov using the subject line: Remove My Name from the Guatemala List Serv.  Similarly, if you have friends or colleagues ...
  • Ethiopia: USCIS publishes notes from October 28th stakeholder meeting December 12, 2011 From USCIS:  Executive Summary Teleconference on Ethiopian Adoptions Background On October 28, 2011, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of State (DOS) hosted a stakeholder engagement to discuss the increased number of adoption petitions (Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as Immediate Relative) that the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has ...
  • Democratic Republic of Congo – USDOS Adoption Notice: New contact information for its Adoption Unit December 12, 2011 From US Department of State: Democratic Republic of Congo Notice: New contact information for its Adoption Unit The Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa would like to inform the public that it has new contact information for its Adoption Unit. All adoption related inquiries should now be sent to KinshasaAdoptions@state.gov. Access the full notice here.
  • Russia: Kremlin Knocks U.S. for ‘Silence’ on Adopted Child’s Death December 6, 2011 From The Moscow Times: The United States “inexcusably” failed to inform Moscow about the death of a Russian-born toddler adopted by an American couple, a Kremlin official said Friday, highlighting tensions over an adoption accord that the two countries signed in July. Russia’s children’s rights commissioner Pavel Astakhov criticized U.S. authorities for not informing Russia that an American man had been acquitted of the murder of his Russian-born ...
  • Exposing Corruption in International Adoption December 1, 2011 From Philanthropy.com: Tiny Spark is new podcast on the business of doing good. The first installment takes a look at corruption in international adoption and how it has caused problems despite the generous impulses of many parents. Amy Costello, a freelance reporter and radio producer, hosts and produces the program. In the past decade, American ...
  • Sri Lanka: Investigation called to probe baby farm December 1, 2011 From The Times Online: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has been called in to investigate the suspected baby farm that was uncovered by the authorities at an orphanage at Rawattawatte in Moratuwa on Wednesday evening, a senior official said a short while ago. Chairperson of the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA), Ms. Anoma Dissanayake said ...
  • International Exhibition: Life In Motion – “I Want To Walk” Life in Motion, a unique photo exhibition created to raise awareness about orphaned children who are unable to live a fulfilled life due to their physical limitations will premier on December 8th at the Rita K. Hillman Education Gallery in New York city.  Life in Motion, is an international collaboration between the International Center of Photography, ...
  • Russia Attacks Sentence of Adoptee’s Parents November 23, 2011 From the New York Times: The Russian government reacted furiously on Saturday to what it described as an unjustly lenient sentence in the case of a Pennsylvania couple who were originally charged with murder in the death of their 7-year-old son adopted from Russia. The couple, Michael and Nanette Craver, were sentenced Friday to 16 ...
  • Fewer Babies Available For Adoption By U.S. Parents November 23, 2011 From NPR: Motivated by the desire to provide a home to a needy child, parents like the Franklins don’t like to talk about international adoption as a business. But clearly the market forces of supply and demand have been at work. A country opens its doors to prospective parents, whether because of war, natural disaster, ...
  • US Department of State releases FY 2011 Annual Report on Intercountry Adoption November 22, 2011 Access the FY 2011 Annual Report on Intercountry Adoption from the US Department of Statehere.
  • Ethiopia: US Department of State Adoption Notice – Procedure for Processing Adoption Cases November 22, 2011 From the US Department of State: Ethiopia November 16, 2011 Notice: Procedure for Processing Adoption Cases This notice provides supplemental information to the adoption notice of October 7, 2011, adding additional details on the process applicable to orphan petitions filed with a U.S. Embassy Consular Section overseas.  While the description has been tailored to answer inquiries specific to ...
  • Ethiopia: US Department of State Adoption Notice – Procedure for Processing Adoption Cases – November 16, 2011 November 22, 2011 From the US Department of State: Ethiopia November 16, 2011 Notice: Procedure for Processing Adoption Cases This notice provides supplemental information to the adoption notice of October 7, 2011, adding additional details on the process applicable to orphan petitions filed with a U.S. Embassy Consular Section overseas.  While the description has been tailored to answer inquiries specific to ...
  • US Department of State gives definition of “not clearly approvable” I-600 petitions November 22, 2011 From the US Department of State: “Not Clearly Approvable” Defined Consular officers at U.S. Embassies and Consulates have limited, delegated authority from the United States Citizen and Immigration Service to approve Form I-600 petitions that are found to be clearly approvable. Clearly approvable means that the petition and supporting documentation clearly establish that the child is ...
  • Ethiopia: USCIS Update on Processing of “not clearly approvable” cases November 22, 2011 From U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: From: Public Engagement <Public.Engagement@uscis.dhs.gov> Dear Stakeholder: The USCIS team in Addis Ababa completed its site visit.  We are pleased to report that the team was able to complete its review of all of the “not clearly approvable” cases that were awaiting their review. The following provides an overview of the results ...
  • Clarification: South Africa tightens rules for foreign adoptions The following was received by Joint Council in response to an update we posted on October 17, 2011 entitled “South Africa tightens rules for foreign adoptions.” This response is a clarification to the following line from the original post: “Since a new child welfare law was passed last year, foreigners are required to live in ...
  • USCIS Update: Ethiopia November 16, 2011 USCIS UPDATE ON PROCESSING OF “NOT CLEARLY APPROVABLE” CASES REFERRED BY EMBASSY ADDIS ABABA A USCIS team of four officers arrived in Ethiopia and began working at Embassy Addis Ababa on November 7, 2011.  As of the date of this notice, the team has received 63 “not clearly approvable” cases from Embassy Addis, and ...
  • Vietnam: US Department of State Adoption Notice – Vietnam ratifies the Hague Adoption Convention November 15, 2011 From the US Department of State: Vietnam November 2011 Notice: Vietnam ratifies the Hague Adoption Convention The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption will enter into force in Vietnam on February 1, 2012, following Vietnam’s ratification on November 1, 2011. The United States recognizes Vietnam’s initiatives leading to this significant development ...
  • Irish adoptions from Vietnam to resume November 15, 2011 From the Irish Times: Vietnam has ratified the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, allowing Irish couples to adopt children from the country once more. The ratification will come into force on February 1st. Until 2009, adoptions into Ireland from Vietnam took place under a bilateral agreement between the two countries. Following controversy concerning adoptions out of Vietnam, the ...
  • Russia to sign child adoption deals with European countries November 15, 2011 From RIA Novosti: Russia plans to sign bilateral agreements on child adoption with France, the U.K., Holland, Spain and Germany, the country’s ombudsman for children’s rights, Pavel Astakhov, said on Monday. “The agreement between Russia and France is ready to be signed…and hopefully will be signed on November 18. Agreements with the UK, Holland, Spain ...
  • Taiwan: Government expected to pass strict laws regarding adoption of children November 15, 2011 From The China Post: The Legislature is expected to pass a law tomorrow to impose stricter regulations on child adoption, a newspaper reported yesterday. The proposed revisions to the child welfare law address concerns over buying and possible human trafficking arising from Taiwan’s lax regulations, the United Evening News reported. Currently, adoption can be processed in ...
  • Nepal: ‘Orphan’ girls rescued from Tamil Nadu November 4, 2011 From The Hindustan Times: For parents in Humla, a remote district in mid-western Nepal, Dala Bahadur Phadera was something of an angel. Worried about their children’s future during the civil war, they found Phadera’s proposal to send them to Kathmandu for safety and a good education a blessing in difficult times. Hundreds of parents paid ...
  • Mission group uncovers fraud, child trafficking in orphanage after Haiti quake November 4, 2011 From WSBTV (ABC): A Gainesville-based missionary organization said it has uncovered fraud and possible child trafficking in Haiti — at the same orphanage the group has been trying to help. “We work where the need is greatest,” said Seth Barnes, executive director of Adventures In Missions, which jumped into action of the devastating January 2010 ...
  • Tennessee woman who sent boy back to Russia sued for child support November 4, 2011 From The Tennessean: A Shelbyville woman who put her adopted son on a one-way flight back to Russia is being sued for child support. The agency that placed the 7-year-old Russian child with Torry Hansen filed suit, arguing that simply shipping the boy back to Moscow with a note pinned to his jacket does not ...
  • Announcing Joint Council’s 4th Annual National Adoption Month Photo Contest Our 4th annual National Adoption Month Photo Contest will be open for submissions November 1st- November 30, 2011. We are looking for beautiful, inspiring photos of all types of children- children in orphanages, foster homes, or adoptive families, engaged in all types of activities- children at play, in reflection, or just being loved. Click here to ...
  • Guatemala Sentences 2 in US Adoption Case October 27, 2011 From ABC News: A Guatemalan court sentenced two women to 16 and 21 years in prison on Monday for trafficking a stolen baby who was given for adoption to a U.S. family. Special prosecutor Lorena Maldonado said the sentences handed down to a lawyer and the legal representative of an adoption agency will reinforce the ...
  • USCIS Stakeholder Meeting on Ethiopian Adoptions Meeting Invitation: USCIS Stakeholder Meeting on Ethiopian Adoptions Friday, October 28, 2011 @ 10:30 am (EDT) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) would like to invite you to attend a stakeholder call to discuss USCIS processing of Ethiopian adoption cases which the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa is referring to USCIS as “not clearly approvable”. Recently, the U.S. ...
  • Abandoned in Guatemala: The Failure of Intercountry Adoption Practices October 19, 2011 This month a documentary by reasontv has been released regarding the elimination of intercountry adoption in Guatemala. The video shows a side of the elimination not often discussed in the media. We encourage our colleagues and friends to view and share the video, found below, at your discretion. Background and Joint Council’s position: On January ...
  • Adoption Notice: Ethiopia Confirmation of Orphanage Closures in Ethiopia October 17, 2011 Ethiopian government officials confirmed the closure of several orphanages in the Southern Nations state due to revocation of the orphanages’ operational licenses.  Each orphanage in Ethiopia receives an operational license that the Charities and Societies Administration administers and monitors to ensure compliance with Ethiopian regulations.  This is an update to the previous Adoption ...
  • Nigerian baby factory raided October 17, 2011 From News24: Police in southern Nigeria have raided a purported orphanage where they found 17 pregnant girls, arresting the owner on suspicion of planning to sell their babies, a spokesperson said on Saturday. The owner and a young man “suspected of having been hired to impregnate the girls” were arrested, police spokesperson Emeka Chukwuemeka told ...
  • South Africa tightens rules for foreign adoptions October 17, 2011 From 9 News: In the wake of Madonna’s adoptions in nearby Malawi, and a commercial surrogacy boom in India, South Africa is laying out stricter rules for foreigners looking to make families here.Last month a court in Pretoria set out guidelines for foreigners looking to hire a surrogate mother in South Africa. In 2010, ...
  • Adoption Is Not a Solution for Poor Children September 27, 2011 From The American Prospect: …Although UNICEF is often quoted as saying that there are 163 million orphans today, few people understand that the vast majority of those have lost only one parent—and most of the rest are living with extended families. In much of Asia and Africa, when children are living in institutions, it’s ...
  • Nepal: Children for sale September 27, 2011 From Al Jazeera: Orphaned, abandoned or trafficked? That is the question facing foreigners who wish to adopt Nepali children. International adoption services have provided a lucrative business to poverty-stricken Nepal. But in 2007, Nepal stopped adoptions for two years as it investigated claims of child trafficking. After adoptions resumed, law enforcement remained weak. By the end of ...
  • Guatemala: US Department of State Adoption Notice – CNA Processing Framework for U.S. Cases Under Its Authority September 27, 2011 From the US Department of State: Guatemala Notice: CNA Processing Framework for U.S. Cases Under Its Authority On Friday August 19, 2011, the Guatemalan Central Adoption Authority (CNA) published in the Guatemalan government’s official register a new processing framework for the limited group of pending U.S. adoption cases that are under CNA processing authority. The U.S. Department ...
  • Vietnam: Notice from the US Embassy in Vietnam September 27, 2011 From The Embassy of the United States, Hanoi, Vietnam: General Information The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Adoptions between the United States and Vietnam expired on September 1, 2008. Intercountry adoption from Vietnam to the U.S. is not possible at this time, including exceptional cases.  Vietnam Adoption Reform Vietnam has made immense progress on adoption reform over ...
  • Suspension of Saint Mary International Adoption lifted Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, October 4, 2011: The Council on Accreditation (COA) has announced that effective October 2, 2011 it has terminated the suspension of the Hague accreditation of Saint Mary International Adoption that was imposed effective August 27, 2011. Saint Mary International Adoption completed its corrective action plan to COA’s satisfaction and ...
  • Supension of Joshua Tree Adoptions Inc. lifted Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, October 4, 2011: The Council on Accreditation (COA) has announced that effective September 27, 2011, it has terminated the suspension of the Hague accreditation of Joshua Tree Adoptions Inc. that was imposed effective August 27, 2011. Joshua Tree completed its corrective action plan to COA’s satisfaction and COA has ...
  • Ethiopia Adoption Notice: Information regarding processing of Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative, Filed at the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa Department of State Ethiopia Adoption Notice, October 7, 2011: In January, April and September, 2011, the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, the Office of Children’s Issues of the Department of State, and the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) conducted public meetings for adoption service providers (ASPs), adoptive parents, and other stakeholders ...
  • India Notice: Update on CARA’s Temporary Suspension of Acceptance of New Dossiers Department of State India Adoption Notice, October 5, 2011: CARA has informed the Department of State that they will not accept new adoption applications until December 31, 2011. CARA is giving priority to processing applications started before the release of the new guidelines before accepting new applications. We will update the notice promptly once CARA notifies us ...
  • NBC Teleconference: “Bringing Your Internationally Adopted Child to the United States” (Final Steps in the Adoption Process) Thursday October 13, 2011 @ 1:30 pm (CST) The USCIS National Benefits Center (NBC) invites any adoptive parents, adoption service providers and any other interested parties to participate in a national stakeholder meeting on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 1:30pm (CST).  The purpose of this engagement is to provide information regarding the steps that should occur ...
  • Adoption Notice: Guatemala CNA Processing Framework for U.S. Cases Under Its Authority September 28, 2011 On Friday August 19, 2011, the Guatemalan Central Adoption Authority (CNA) published in the Guatemalan government’s official register a new processing framework for the limited group of pending U.S. adoption cases that are under CNA processing authority. The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Citizenship and ...
  • Vietnam ‘ready to sign up to adoption convention’ It has emerged that following discussions between the Irish and Vietnamese authorities, Vietnam is preparing to ratify the Hague Convention on inter-country Adoption. Read more here.
  • Government Plans Fresh Changes In Armenian Child Adoption Rules The Armenian government is planning to make fresh and potentially far-reaching changes in its rules and procedures for international adoptions of children from Armenia following an RFE/RL report suggesting that they may still be riddled with corruption. To read this article, click here.
  • Joint Council and the Mead Johnson Nutrition Foundation Work Together to Help Vulnerable Children Worldwide Alexandria, Va, September 20, 2011 – Recognizing that proper nutrition is critical to every child’s growth and development, The Joint Council on International Children’s Services and the Mead Johnson Nutrition Foundation today announced the launch of a program dedicated to improving nutritional care for vulnerable children living without parental care around the world. Globally, millions of ...
  • Cambodia moves to limit orphanage boom On September 9th, 2011 the Cambodian government introduced guidelines aiming to better protect orphans and vulnerable children after childcare experts voiced alarm over an unregulated boom in orphanages. You can read the article here.
  • Adverse Action taken by Council on Accreditation towards Joshua Tree Adoptions, Inc. Yesterday, the U.S. Department of State, Office of Children’s Issues announced that the Council on Accreditation has taken adverse action towards Joshua Tree Adoptions, Inc.  The full text of the announcement can be seen below, as well as on the Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues website. On August 26, 2011, the Council on Accreditation ...
  • Guatemala Issues Adoption Decree for Pending Adoptions The government of Guatemala has issued a new adoption decree which may result in the completion of some pending intercountry adoptions.  Although this decree will affect  only a limited number of children, it does appear to be a significant advancement for chldren who continue to languish 4-years after the closure of intercountry adoption in Guatemala. It ...
  • Raising Awareness, Affecting Change Last week we distributed an Executive Report to Joint Council Members which forecasts the continued suffering of children in need of a safe and permanent family. If current policies are not changed, in the next ten years over 250,000 children will be denied their basic human right to a family. On August 26th, the folks over ...
  • Ethiopia: State Department Adoption Notice Notice: Confirmation of Orphanage Closures in Ethiopia Ethiopian government officials have confirmed that several orphanages in the Southern Nations state are closed due to revocation of their licenses to operate by Ethiopian authorities. These orphanages are: SOS Infants Ethiopia (Arbaminch, Dilla, and Awassa branches) Gelgella Integrated Orphans (Tercha and Durame branches) Bethzatha Children’s Home Association (Sodo, Hosaena, Dilla, and Awassa ...
  • Mexico: State Department Adoption Notice Notice: Mexican Central Authority granted national authorization to an additional U.S. based Hague Accredited adoption service provider. The Mexican Central Authority recently granted national authorization to provide adoption services in Mexico to an additional U.S. based Hague accredited adoption service provider, International Child Foundation. We remind U.S. citizens wishing to adopt in Mexico that Mexican states ...
  • China: CCCWA Request for Adoptive Families Dear Friends and Families, We hope you will be able to participate in a commemorative book which will soon be published by the China Center for Child Welfare and Adoption. This is a unique opportunity to honor the CCCWA’s service to children and to celebrate your own adoption. This year marks the 15th year of service by ...
  • India: State Department Adoption Notice July 24, 2011 CARA recently released new guidelines for intercountry adoptions. Please visit CARA’s website at http://www.adoptionindia.nic.in/ for further information. CARA also recently announced a temporary freeze on the acceptance of new adoption dossiers as it attempts to clear a backlog of cases pending from before implementation of new guidelines governing intercountry adoptions in India. CARA foresees ...
  • Ethiopia: State Department Adoption Notice State Department Adoption Notice regarding the closure of Ethiopian orphanages, July 24, 2011.
  • Russia: State Department Adoption Notice Secretary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov Sign Adoption Agreement July 13, 2011 The Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security announced today, July 13, 2011, that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov signed a bilateral adoptions agreement that will strengthen procedural safeguards in adoptions between our countries. This Agreement will ...
  • Ukraine: State Department Adoption Alert Adoption Alert: Ukraine Presidential order expected to allow SDA to continue processing adoptions in Ukraine July 12, 2011 On July 8, 2011, the president of Ukraine signed an order which extends the State Department on Adoption’s (SDA’s) authority to process adoptions. We have been informed by the SDA that the order will not take effect until the order ...
  • India: HC demands notification on adoption The High Court now demands notification on adoptions in India. New guidelines aim to streamline the adoption process and verify the source of each child prior to their placement for adoption.
  • Cambodia: State Department Adoption Notice 6/2011 Notice: Update of status of adoptions in Cambodia The Office of Children’s Issues wishes to provide a further update for American Citizens interested in intercountry adoptions with Cambodia. Although Cambodia is a party to the Hague Adoption Convention, they are still working to establish the necessary internal child welfare structures to function as a Hague partner. The ...
  • Kyrgyzstan: State Department Adoption Notice 6/2/11 Alert: Kyrgyzstan Adoption In October 2008, the previous government of Kyrgyzstan halted all intercountry adoptions in response to allegations of corruption and illegal processing. The new government has not yet implemented a new processing system, and at this time it is not possible for new intercountry adoption cases to move forward. The Department of State continues to ...
  • Ukraine: State Department Adoption Notice 5/20/11 Notice: Ukrainian Family Code Amendments and adoption processing in Ukraine On May 19, the Ukrainian government passed an amendment to its Family Code to require orphans to be registered on the central adoption registry for one year and to be at least 5 years old before they are eligible for intercountry adoption. The amendment exempts children ...
  • Mexico: Adoption Notice 5/19/11 Notice: Adoption Service Providers Authorized in Mexico The Mexican Central Authority (MCA) has provided the U.S. Central Authority (USCA) with information clarifying its process to authorize U.S.-based Hague accredited adoption service providers (ASPs) to provide adoption services in Mexico. All prospective adoptive parents seeking to complete an intercountry adoption in Mexico must work with an ASP that ...
  • Guatemala: Adoption Notice 06/02/2011  Adoption Notice: Guatemala Office of Children’s Issues Meeting with the Consejo Nacional de Adopciones in Washington, DC on April 14, 2011   On April 14, 2011, the Office of Children’s Issues (CI) met with: Elizabeth de Larios, President of the Consejo Nacional de Adopciones (CNA); Marilys Barrientos de Estrada, and Fernando de la Cerda of the Guatemalan Embassy ...
  • Ethiopia: Adoption Notice .Adoption Notice: Ethiopia Update on adoption case processing by MOWCYA in Ethiopia The U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia has received information from the Ministry of Women, Children and Youth Affairs indicating that processing of cases that received a court summons prior to March 8, 2011 is still ongoing.  This exceeds their estimated 15-20 days to expeditiously process this ...
  • Kyrgyz Republic: Kyrgyzstan to reopen foreign adoption program 05/17/2011 Access article here On May 6th, President Roza Otunbaeva signed into law a bill that will allow prospective foreign parents to adopt from Kyrgyzstan, after a two-year moratorium… Despite political upheaval that consumed the country last year, Kyrgyzstan managed to put into place new processes and guidelines to allow foreign adoptions.  Kyrgyz officials say their intent was to ...
  • Democratic Republic of Congo: Change to travel requirement for prospective adoptive parents 05/13/2011 The Department of State has issued the following notice in regards to the Democratic Republic of the Congo: (see original article here) The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa has been verbally informed by the Direction Generale de Migration in Kinshasa (Immigration Office) that a change in regulation will now require prospective adoptive parents to travel to the Democratic ...
  • 4/29/2011: U.S. Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues Update The U.S. Department of State, Office of Children’s Issues has released the following Notice regarding Ukraine.  The Notice can also be found on their website. On the evening of April 7, 2011, President Yanukovych signed a Decree transferring all functions of, the State Department for Adoption and Protection of the Rights of the Child ...
  • CCCWA update regarding post-placement requirements The China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) has posted updated information regarding the Requirements for the Content and Format of Post Placement Reports.  Details are listed below and can also be found on their website. Adoption agencies should prepare post-placement reports for each adopted child after the adoption in accordance with the required ...
  • U.S. Supports UNICEF Child Adoption Program in Vietnam The following Press Release has been issued by the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam regarding U.S. government support of a UNICEF Child Adoption Program in Vietnam.  The press release can also be viewed on their website by clicking here. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is contributing to a new United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) ...
  • Cambodia: Ban Will Remain on US Adoptions 04/19/2011 Im Sothearith, VOA Khmer | Washington, DC Find the original article here. The US put a ban on Cambodian adoptions in December 2001. Since 2009, Cambodia has been trying to meet international standards for adoption. However, US officials and child protection groups say the country’s policies are not ready. The US special ambassador for children’s protection, Susan ...
  • Ethiopia: What Does the Future Hold for Ethiopian Orphans? 04/17/2011 What Does the Future Hold for Ethiopian Orphans? By Meron Tekleberhan Original Source can be found here. Addis Ababa, April 17, 2011 (Ezega.com) – Judging from the large numbers of American and European adoptive parents and their Ethiopian children on the streets of Addis Ababa it is no surprise that Ethiopia is one of the most popular adoption ...
  • Russia: Real Hope for Russia’s Orphans Begins with Changes at Home 04/13/2011 Read full article here. Protecting Russia’s orphans April 13, 2011 Svetlana Smetanina Russian government is finally tackling the problem of adoptions by foreign citizens in earnest. A watershed event is scheduled to take place in May: the signing of a bilateral agreement on adoptions between Russia and the United States. The signing will take place at a meeting between ...
  • Adoption increasingly crosses racial, ethnic lines An article by Sharon Jayson of USA Today, with remarks from our close friend Adam Pertman, regarding the impact of race on international adoption. Read the article below or follow the direct link: here. CHICAGO – With 130,000 children adopted each year in the USA, researchers find growing numbers involve kids whose race is different from their ...
  • Vietnam: Adoption Deal Unlikely Until Concerns Resolved 04/12/2011 Conall Ó Fátharta of the Irish Examiner discusses adoption in Vietnam. Read the full article below or follow this link. Vietnam adoption deal unlikely until concerns resolved By Conall Ó Fátharta Tuesday, April 12, 2011 THE Adoption Authority will ensure all of the “very serious issues” that caused the suspension of adoptions from Vietnam are addressed before any administrative ...
  • China: Single Female Adoption Notice 04/12/2011 The State Department has issued the following notice regarding China’s Single Female Adoption Policy (for full article please see here): The China Centre for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) formally known as CCAA (the China Centre of Adoption Affairs has provided the Department of State with a notice of a new policy that will allow qualified ...
  • Russia: U.S. Adoption Treaty to be Signed in May 04/08/2011 Read the full article below or follow this link. _____________________________________________________________________ Russia may next month sign an agreement with the United States to ensure the safety of Russian children adopted by U.S. families, Russia’s ombudsman for child rights said on Friday. “This issue is under the personal control of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State ...
  • Ukraine: State Department Alert 04/08/2011 The State Department has issued an alert in regards to Ukrainian adoption. See below or follow this link. On the evening of April 7, 2011, President Yanukovych signed a Decree transferring all functions of, the State Department for Adoption and Protection of the Rights of the Child (SDA– the current central adoption authority of Ukraine), to ...
  • Ethiopia: USCIS Briefing on Joint USCIS/State Adoption Site Visit to Ethiopia 04/06/2011 Can be found in full here.
  • Ethiopia: US Dept of State Adoption Notice – Delays Expected The Department of State has published a Notice on Ethiopian Adoptions: Significant delays remain likely for cases presented to Ethiopia’s Ministry of Women, Children and Youth Affairs after March 8, 2011. The content of the notice is supported by Joint Council’s understanding of the current status of intercountry adoption in ...
  • Latvia: Post-Adoption Reporting Requirements 04/05/2011 The State Department has issued a notice regarding Latvia. See below or follow this link. Notice: Post-adoption reporting requirements This Adoption Notice replaces the Adoption Notice dated May 25, 2010, on post-adoption reporting requirements for Latvia. Latvia requires periodic post-adoption reporting on the welfare of an adopted orphan in his or her new American family. Latvian law ...
  • Human Rights Fellowship at Joint Council Through a collaborative effort with the National Democratic Institute and Freedom House, we are pleased to announce Onur Yilmaz as Joint Council’s Legislative Fellow beginning on April 10th. Onur is a founding Board Member of Gündem: Çocuk! (Agenda: Child!), a Turkish non-profit organization that advocates for children’s rights and works towards the universal adoption and implementation ...
  • Christian Alliance Adoption Summit on May 12-13 The Christian Alliance for Orphans will hold their seventh orphan summit, SUMMIT VII, on May 12-13, 2011 in Louisville, KY. Tom DiFilipo along with Kathleen Strottman, Executive Director of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute and Chuck Johnson of the National Council For Adoption, are the scheduled luncheon presenters on the state of intercountry adoption. ...
  • Joint Council 2011 Service Award Honorees Each year, Joint Council publicly recognizes four individuals who have demonstrated the highest level of service to children and families.  Whether they are volunteers, professionals or public servants, they have served as examples to us all.   We will continue this tradition of honoring excellence by presenting these prestigious awards to the following individuals at ...
  • Amercian University to host “Stolen Children: Illegal Practices in Intercountry Adoption” The UNROW Human Rights Impact Litigation Clinic at Washington College of Law, American University is presenting “Stolen Children: Illegal Practices in Inter-country Adoption and the Need for Reform” on April 4, 2011 from 6:30 – 9:00 pm. Joint Council’s Tom DiFilipo will participate as a panelist and will address both the role of social services in ...
  • Ethiopia: USCIS to Conduct Briefing U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will facilitate a meeting on Ethiopian adoptions for all stakeholders including adoptive families.  The meeting will take place on April 6, 2011.  The USCIS announcement and invitation is available below or here. It is our understanding that USCIS will have adequate access lines for all who RSVP (as requested in ...
  • Ethiopia Adoptions: A Q&A by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a Q&A on Ethiopian adoptions.  The Q&A is highly valuable to adoptive families and all service providers.  A few of the highlights of the Q&A are; USCIS and Department of State are striving to preserve Ethiopia adoptions as a viable and ethical option ...
  • U.S. Dept of State Annoucnement: Ethiopia The following announcement was issued by the U.S. Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues on March 16, 2011.  It can also be found on their website. U.S. Department of State, Office of Children’s Issues, Adoption Division hosted a conference call for Adoption Service Providers on March 11, 2011 at 10:45 am ...
  • Dr. Jane Aronson – An Open Letter to President Clinton Dr. Jane Aronson, Founder and CEO of Worldwide Orphans Foundation and Joint Council Board Member, has issued an “open letter” to former President Bill Clinton where she pressed for stronger diplomatic efforts to reverse the Ethiopian government’s recent decision to halt international adoption in the country. Aronson urged President Clinton to step in as a U.S. ...
  • Ambassador Jacobs Travels to Cambodia and Vietnam The US Department of State has issued the following statement regarding Special Advisor for Children’s Issues Ambassador Susan Jacobs visit to Cambodia and Vietnam. Since joining the Office of Children’s Issues, Ambassador Jacobs has been a tireless advocate traveling to Kyrgyzstan, Guatemala, South Korea and Ethiopia.  Joint Council both appreciates and supports Ambassador Jacobs continuing efforts ...
  • China Opens Adoption to Single Women The China Center of Adoption Affairs (CCAA) has announced that single women may once again adopt in China beginning today, March 15, 2011. Single adoptions, which once comprised over a quarter of all intercountry adoptions in China, will now be used to find families for Chinese children with special needs.  The new singles program is specific ...
  • Ethiopia – Update 3/14/11 Various blogs and listservs are reporting that the Ethiopian Ministry of Women, Children and Youth Affairs has announced a revised plan which includes the processing of 20 adoption cases per day.  While Joint Council has also been provided with this information, it is our understanding that no decision has been made or announcement published by ...
  • Japan – Response to Earthquake and Tsunami Our hearts go out to our friends, colleagues and everyone in Japan. The massive earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan on March 11 continues to bring devastation, loss and suffering of an unimaginable scale. As was said after the Haiti earthquake, ‘sometimes it is more than one can bear.’ Within hours of the ...
  • Ethiopia: Washington Times Article by Andrea Poe Author and journalist Andrea Poe published Ethiopia Adoptions May Be In Peril in the Washington Times on Friday, March 11, 2011.  See below or click here for the full text of the article. _________________________________________________________ NEW YORK – Ethiopia is poised to overtake China as the number one country of origin for foreign adoptees in the United States. Matches ...
  • Ethiopia Update 3/11/11 Following are our notes from the Department of State Office of Children’s Issues conference call regarding Ethiopian adoptions conducted earlier today. These notes do not represent nor are they in any way attributable to the Department of State or US Citizenship and Immigration Services. We are providing the notes with respect to those ...
  • Ethiopia Update 3/10/11 Processing Limit It has been confirmed that the new policy of limiting the number of adoption cases processed by the Ethiopian Ministry of Women’s, Children’s and Youth Affairs went into effect today, March 10, 2011 with 5 cases being completed.   While a staffing change at the Ministry was confirmed as having occurred earlier in the week, ...
  • Ethiopia: AP Article by David Crary Associated Press National Writer David Crary published Ethiopia Moves to Sharply Reduce Foreign Adoptions in various media outlets earlier today.  Click here for the full text of the article.
  • Emergency Campaign for Ethiopia: Update In only 24-hours, over 11,000 concerned individuals have joined our Emergency Campaign for Ethiopian Children by signing our petition. We extend our thanks to all who have supported this initiative by signing the petition, distributing the campaign information and expressing your support of child protections and ethical adoption. Today, we ...
  • Adoption Alert: Ethiopia The U.S. Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues had released the following Adoption Alert regarding Ethiopia: ______________________________________________________________________________________ Government of Ethiopia Plans Major Slow-Down in Adoption Processing March 9, 2011 Citing the need to work on quality and focus on more important strategic issues, the Government of Ethiopia’s Ministry of Women, Children, and Youth Affairs (MOWCYA)  will reduce to ...
  • Ethiopia: Statement on Children’s Services March 9, 2011 Statement on Children and Family Services in Ethiopia The work of Joint Council on International Children’s Services includes the development and implementation of the highest standards and ethical practices, the support of children living outside of family care and advocacy for permanency.  As a leader in the international child welfare ...
  • Joint Council Emergency Campaign for Ethiopian Children 3/8/11 Joint Council recently released a Statement regarding the announcement by the Ethiopian Ministry of Women’s, Children’s and Youth Affairs plan to reduce intercountry adoption by 90%. The Statement can be found on our blog by clicking here. As part of our continued advocacy, Joint Council has launched an Emergency Campaign for Ethiopian Children. The ...
  • Ethiopia: Statement on the Pending Reduction of Intercountry Adoption 3/7/11 Statement on Intercountry Adoption in Ethiopia Last week the Ethiopian Ministry of Women’s, Children’s and Youth Affairs announced their intention to reduce intercountry adoptions by 90% beginning March 10, 2011.  The Ministry’s plan for a dramatic reduction is apparently based on two primary issues; 1) the assumption that corruption in intercountry adoption is systemic and rampant ...
  • Guatemala’s Solicitor General in DC 2/17/11  Guillermo Porras, the Prosecutor General of Guatemala spent two days in Washington DC on a variety of issues including the pending intercountry adoptions in Guatemala.  On Wednesday, February 16, Mr. Porras met with Gary Cooper of the Guatemala 900 and Joint Council’s Tom DiFilipo and Rebecca Harris.  Through the efforts of the Congressional Coalition ...
  • Ethiopia Revokes ASP License 02/15/11 It is Joint Council’s understanding that the Ethiopian Government has revoked Better Futures Adoption Services’ registration to operate in Ethiopia, including its ability to perform intercountry adoptions.  A notice from the U.S. Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues regarding the revocation of ...
  • Orphan Summit VII 2/13/11  Joint Council to speak at the Christian Alliance for Orphans 7th Summit on May 11-13 in Louisville, KY.  Tom DiFilipo will join Chuck Johnson of NCFA and Kathleen Strottman of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute for a luncheon panel discussion on the current state of intercountry adoption. Click here for more information on the ...
  • Ethiopia Report 2/12/11  Joint Council published a report on children’s services in Ethiopia.  This Summary Report highlights the work of Joint Council Partner Members in providing services including intercountry adoption, to Ethiopian children and families. Click here to read the two-page report. This report is part of a continuing series of reports and public policy statements, many of which ...
  • Adoption Policy Conference 2/13/11  The 8th Annual Adoption Policy Conference will take place at the New York Law School on Friday, March 4, 2011.    This year’s conference, The Federal Government and Adoption: How International Law and Domestic Policies Are Transforming Adoption, is a collaboration of The Justice Action Center, the Center for Adoption Policy, and the Diane Abbey ...
  • DOS Children’s Issues 2/7/11  Joint Council will participate in a quarterly meeting with the Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues on February 25, 2011.  The quarterly meetings are hosted by the Department of State for the leading non-profit organizations that work on intercountry adoption.  The meeting will provide the Department of State to brief us on the ...
  • Guatemala: Update from the US Dept of State February 3, 2011 The following is an update from the U.S Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues: Office of Children’s Issues Trip to Guatemala, December 2010 The Department’s Special Advisor for Children’s Issues, Ambassador Susan Jacobs, and the Chief of the Adoptions Unit of the Office of Children’s Issues, Alison Dilworth, ...
  • Urgent Update for Those with a Nepalese Adoptions in Progress In molestie imperdiet velit vitae viverra. Fusce a urna vitae turpis viverra adipiscing. Ut convallis lectus eu erat aliquet fringilla. Mauris tristique consectetur elit non blandit. Duis facilisis suscipit magna ac commodo. Cras tristique dictum turpis eget convallis. Ut nibh nulla, tincidunt non ornare at, tempus eget neque. Vestibulum mi nulla, aliquam sit amet lobortis ...
  • Ethiopia: US Dept of State Adoption Alert January 13, 2011 The U.S. Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues has issued the following Adoption Alert regarding Ethiopia.  The full text of the alert is below. The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa announces a change in its adoption visa case intake and appointment scheduling process. As of January 24, 2011, adoption service providers (ASPs) may ...
  • Guatemala: US Dept of State Requesting Information from Grandfathered Cases December 20, 2010 The Office of Children’s Issues is asking U.S. citizens with active grandfathered adoption cases in Guatemala to send a brief email to AskCI@state.gov including the name(s) of the adopting parent(s), the name and date of birth of the child and the date that your I-600A and/or I-600 petition was ...
  • Ukraine: State Department Announcement 11/12/2010 The State Department issued the below notice regarding adoptions from Ukraine, the announcement can also be viewed on their website. The Ukrainian legislature is in the process of voting on a bill that would suspend all intercountry adoptions from countries without bilateral agreements with Ukraine, including adoptions from the United States. The bill passed a first ...
  • Ukraine: Draft Bill in Ukrainian Legislature 11/12/2010 The State Department issued the below notice regarding adoptions from Ukraine, the announcement can also be viewed on their website. The Ukrainian legislature is in the process of voting on a bill that would suspend all intercountry adoptions from countries without bilateral agreements with Ukraine, including adoptions from the United States. The bill passed a first ...
  • India: A Country Update October 28, 2010 A) JUVENILE JUSTICE ACT (JJ ACT) ADOPTIONS JJ Act adoptions are beginning to happen in some areas. Practices are varied. In Mumbai, adoptive parents NEED NOT be present for the Court. But, the High court of Bombay requires parents to make an “on the official record” Rs 60,000 (about 1300 ...
  • October 2010 Alert October 18, 2010 Joint Council’s Statement and Recommendations on the Suspension for Intercountry Adoption in Nepal can be found by clicking here. October 7, 2010 The Department of State has released the following adoption alert regarding pending adoption in Nepal: FROM: OFFICE OF CHILDREN’S ISSUES, DEPT OF STATE The ...
  • Kazakhstan: Update on Hague Convention and Grandfather Cases October 22, 2010 The U.S. State Department, Office of Children’s Issues ( http://adoption.state.gov) has issued the following Adoption Alert regarding Kazakhstan. IMPORTANT NOTICE: Kazakhstan will become a party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Convention) on November 1, 2010. Government of Kazakhstan stated it will not accept any new ...
  • Guatemala: US Withdrawls Letter of Interest October 5, 2010 On October 5, 2010, the United States withdrew its letter of interest in participating in a pilot program to resume processing of intercountry adoption placements for a limited number of older children, groups of siblings, and children with special needs. The letter of interest had been previously submitted to the Guatemalan Central Authority ...
  • India: TB Screening for Visa Processing October 1, 2010 Effective October 1, 2010, applicants for U.S. immigration in India will be screened by the panel physicians according to the 2007 Technical Instructions for Tuberculosis Screening and Treatment. Prior to this date the applicants were screened according to the 1991 Tuberculosis Technical Instructions. Please refer to http://www.cdc.gov/immigrantrefugeehealth/exams/ti/panel/tuberculosis-panel-technical-instructions.html for information. Note ...
  • Guatemala: August 2010 Update August 27, 2010 The following  has been issued by the U.S. Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues Casa Quivira Our records show adoption petitions are still pending for about 8 of the original 46 children who were taken into custody from Casa Quivira. In several of the cases, the Solicitor General’s Office (PGN) has ...
  • Nepal: Policy Memorandum 08/27/2010 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a policy memorandum in regards to the Nepal Initiative.
  • Ethiopia: Changes in Intercountry Adoption Process August 27, 2010 This notice serves as a reminder that as of May 9, 2010, the Ethiopian government requires that adoptive parents must appear at the federal court hearing for their adoptive child in order for the adoption to be approved. If there are two adoptive parents but only one parent can attend the hearing, special ...
  • Guatemala: Update on 2010 PAP Survey August 9, 2010 Guatemala Minister Counselor Fernando de la Cerda is returning to Washington, DC on August 3, 2010 after an intense ten day trip to Guatemala which included two meetings with Guatemala President Alvaro Colom. Fernando is reporting significant progress in finding solutions for moving the adoption cases of the Guatemala900 forwards towards resolution. Fernando’s ...
  • Ethiopia: Joint Council Hosts Delegation August 11, 2010 Joint Council to host delegation from Ethiopia As part of the Joint Council International Relations Initiative: Education and Exchange Program, Joint Council is honored to host a 4-member Ethiopian delegation, led by Minister of Federal Affairs, Dr. Shiferaw Teklemariam Menbecho. The delegation will be attending educational and exchange events throughout the United States ...
  • Vietnam: Adoptions From Vietnam 7/28/2010 A New Notice from the Department of State: Intercountry adoption is not possible from Vietnam at this time. Adoption service providers and prospective adoptive parents should not seek or accept new (or potential) adoption referrals from Vietnam until an announcement is posted that the United States Citizenship and Information Service (USCIS) is again processing new ...
  • Costa Rica: A Country Update 07/22/2010 Costa Rica is in Central America and has one of the highest standards of living in that region. With a booming tourism industry and an expanding investment in renewable energy sources, Costa Rica’s unemployment rate is 6.4%. Costa Rica also has a long relationship with promoting and encouraging democracy and human rights, and has recently ...
  • Guatemala: 2010 PAP survey July 20, 2010 Two and a half years following the closure of adoptions from Guatemala, many of the families who lovingly made the decision to adopt from Guatemala continue to face unimaginable challenges. Joint Council, along with our partners at Guatemala900 and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) have continually worked together to advocate for ...
  • Haiti: Six-month Summary Reports July 14, 2010 Click here to read: The Haitian Twelve– A Report on Haitian Children Institutionalized in the United States Click here to read: A Six-Month Update on the Humanitarian Parole Program for Haitian Children Click here to read: A Six-Month Report on the Triumphs, Challenges, and Failures of Providing Services ...
  • More, Right, Enough: Thoughts on the six-month remembrance of the Haiti earthquake July 12, 2010 More, Right, Enough: Thoughts on the six-month remembrance of the Haiti earthquake T oday marks six-months since the 35-second quake that shook Haiti, killed 300,000, and left millions without a home -traumatizing a nation. The death and destruction of January 12th was unprecedented and still to this day continues to remain indescribable. Billions were ...
  • Haiti: Sonje Lan Timoun – A Remembrance of Haiti’s Most Vulnerable July 12, 2010 Sonje Lan Timoun – A Remembrance of Haiti’s Most Vulnerable Beginning on Monday, Joint Council will conduct a remembrance of the January 12th earthquake. For five days we will honor those who perished in the January 12 earthquake, those who continue to struggle and all who work hand-in-hand with Haitians to create a ...
  • Haiti: USCIS Guidance on Finalizing Haitian HP Adoptions July 6, 2010 USCIS Releases Guidance on Finalizing Haitian HP Adoptions U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released additional guidance for parents whose adoptive or prospective adoptive children entered the United States under the special humanitarian parole program for Haitian orphans. Please see the links below for information on finalizing adoptions and immigration benefits ...
  • Kazakhstan: Adoption Alert June 29, 2010 The U.S. State Department, Office of Children’s Issues has issued the following Adoption Alert regarding Kazakhstan: In May 2010, the Kazakhstani Embassy in Washington and Consulate General in New York stopped accepting new intercountry adoption dossiers. The Kazakhstani government said this policy on new adoption cases will remain in effect until the Hague ...
  • Bulgaria: A Country Update 06/02/2010 The information below was developed in part through the efforts of the U.S. Consular Office in Bulgaria. Our thanks to all Consular Officers for their work on behalf of the children of our world. Bulgaria, located in south-eastern Europe, is a developmentally transitional country focusing on committing to improving child welfare programs within the country. The ...
  • Latvia: Adoption Notice from the State Dept May 26, 2010 Adoption Notice from the State Department: Latvia requires periodic post-adoption reporting on the welfare of an adopted orphan in his or her new American family. Latvian law requires that two post-adoption reports be submitted: one after the first year following adoption and one after the second year. The reports should be conducted by ...
  • India: International Relations Initiative Event May 20, 2010 Invitation Joint Council invites adoptive families and children to share their adoption journey with Mr. D.K.Sikri, Secretary of India’s Ministry of Women and Child and Ms. Anu Singh, Secretary of India’s Central Adoption Authority for the Government of India during a program on the evening of May 28th. This is a unique and ...
  • Kazakhstan: Intention to Join Hague May 14, 2010 It is Joint Council’s understanding that the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan has informed the Consulate General of the Republic of Kazakhstan in New York that effective May 15th the Embassy will temporarily no longer accept adoption dossiers, due to Kazakhstan’s intention in joining the Hague Convention on Intercountry ...
  • Russia: Russia and U.S. Talks Move Forward 05/13/2010 Earlier today, Russia and the U.S. issued a joint statement on the progress of their talks related to intercountry adoption. In addition, the U.S. Department of State has published a separate statement on intercountry adoption in Russia. Both statements can be found in full below. Both statements indicate that significant progress has been made and agreement ...
  • Russia: Joint Statement Issued by Russia and U.S. May 13, 2010 The U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia issued the following joint U.S.-Russian statement today, May 13, 2010. On May 12-13, U.S.-Russian consultation on adoption were held in Moscow. ‘Generally, we very positively assess the atmosphere of the talks. In the course of a substantial dialogue we’ve managed to move forward on a wide range of ...
  • Haiti: Joint Council Delegation May 13, 2010 Joint Council Delegation to travel to Haiti Joint Council President & CEO Tom DiFilipo, and Director of Programs & Services, Rebecca Harris, will lead a delegation to Haiti from June 5, 2010 to June 10, 2010. The intention of the advocacy trip to assess the current state of children living in orphanages, crèches, ...
  • Russia: Russia Update on Bilateral Negotiations 05/12/2010 The Russian and U.S. media have reported that the governments of Russia and the United States have reached a new bilateral accord on adoptions and expect to sign it within two months. Based on information available to Joint Council, we cannot confirm these reports. However, it is our understanding that the two governments have reached ...
  • Philippines: A Country Update May 2010 While the conditions for children in the Philippines have been improving in recent years, there are still marked problems concerning child welfare.  The country is a diverse archipelago made up of thousands of islands, which makes it difficult for federal and local governments to reach the children in need ...
  • Haiti: Joint Council Summary Report April 30, 2010 Joint Council has published a Summary Report entitled Intercountry Adoption in Haiti: Safeguards and Protections . Joint Council provides the Summary Report to assist individuals, families, and professionals with an understanding the current situation of intercountry adoption from Haiti and the risks and benefits of moving forward with an adoption. As noted ...
  • Russia: U.S. Department of State, Office of Children’s Issues 04/29/2010 The U.S. Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues has issued the following announcement regarding adoptions from Russia. Joint Council commends the collaborative efforts of the two governments, as well as the efforts of adoptive families, prospective adoptive families, and NGO’s in Russia and the United States in ensuring that intercountry adoptions between Russia and ...
  • Kyrgyz Republic: Travel Warning April 29, 2010 Following the recent unrest in Kyrgyzstan, the Department of State (the Department) has expressed its support for the provisional government’s efforts to resolve peacefully Kyrgyzstan’s political problems and renew Kyrgyzstan’s path to democracy, economic prosperity, and respect for human rights. On April 20, the Department posted a Travel Warning for Kyrgyzstan. The ...
  • Russia: U.S. Government to Meet with Russian Officials 04/27/2010 The U.S. government, represented by seven officials from the Department of State and Department of Homeland Security, will meet with Russian officials in Moscow on Thursday, April 29, 2010. The substance of the meetings will focus on an agreement between the two countries related to intercountry adoption. The Russian government has called for the signing of ...
  • Haiti: Dept of State Update April 27, 2010 Clarification on New Adoption Applications The text of the announcement by the Department of State states: “We encourage prospective adoptive parents to submit their adoption applications directly through the IBESR…”. This may be interpreted as instructing adoptive families to submit their applications directly to IBESR either in-person or through a courier. This statement ...
  • Russia: Department of State Updated Statement 04/26/2010  The Department of State has updated their statements on intercountry adoption with Russia. The text of the statement follows. We have received no official notification that adoptions of Russian orphans by Americans have been suspended, but it is clear the recent controversy has slowed down adoptions in some parts of the country. The United States is sending ...
  • Liberia: Allegations of Corruption April 26, 2010 The U.S. Department of State has issued an announcement regarding intercountry adoption in Liberia. The text of the announcement follows. Notice Concerning Adoption Processing In Liberia On January 26, 2009, the Government of Liberia suspended adoptions because of allegations of mismanagement and corruption in the adoption process. The U.S. Department of State cautions American ...
  • Russia: 19,000 Send Letter To President Medvedev and President Obama 04/19/2010 As part of Joint Council’s We Are The Truth Campaign, an invitation to all who are concerned about families and children to sign a letter to Presidents Medvedev and Obama. The letter, asking for the uninterrupted continuation of intercountry adoption and the aggressive prosecution of anyone involved in the neglect or abuse of children, was ...
  • Russia: Bilateral Meeting Postponed 04/19/2010 The meeting between a U.S. government delegation and their Russian counterparts, originally scheduled for April 20th in Moscow, has been postponed due to travel difficulties resulting from the volcanic ash cloud over Iceland and much of Europe. The U.S. Department of State is attempting to reschedule the meeting which was to address the Russian government’s ...
  • Russia: Adoption Visas Continue 04/19/2010 The U.S. Department of State issued 6 visas for children adopted in Russia on Monday, April 19, 2010.
  • Russia: Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs 04/19/2010 A statement on the website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs indicated that intercountry adoption between the U.S. and Russia is not currently suspended, but will be suspended if the U.S. government does not begin discussions on the formation of a bilateral agreement related to intercountry adoption.
  • Russia: No Information to Confirm Suspension 04/16/2010 The Department of State has received no information to confirm a suspension of adoptions from Russia to the United States. Our embassy in Moscow and other Department of State officials are talking with Russian officials to clarify this issue. The Department of State is sending a high-level inter-agency team to Russia this weekend to meet with ...
  • Russia: Suspension Announced But Not Confirmed 04/15/2010 Suspension Announced But Not Confirmed During a press conference today, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko stated that intercountry adoptions with the United States have been suspended until a bilateral agreement with the United States is signed. At this time, the Ministry of Education (the ministry responsible for intercountry adoption) has not confirmed the suspension nor ...
  • Russia: Follow Our Blog 04/13/2010 Please click here to visit our blog for the most continuously updated information on Joint Council’s activities concerning Russia and adoptions from Russia.
  • Russia: We Are The Truth- A Call To Action 4/12/2010 We Are The Truth: A Campaign and Call to Action The outrageous treatment of Arty by his adoptive family has rightfully resulted in outrage by the Governments of Russia and the United States and all who care about children. The tragedy has cast a light on intercountry adoption that says it is not safe, the syst ...
  • Russia: Intercountry Adoption Between US and Russia Background 4/9/2010 Following several requests, Joint Council has prepared Background Information for those who are not familiar with Intercountry Adoption between the United States and Russia. To view this report, click here.
  • Russia: Russian Child Returned to Russia 4/9/2010 The Governments of Russia and the United States have reported that a seven-year old Russian child, adopted by a U.S. family, was flown to Russia and abandoned at the Ministry of Education in Moscow. The child, adopted approximately 6-months ago by a Tennessee family, is now under the protection of the Russian government. As reported, this ...
  • Thailand: Update from Dept of Social Development & Welfare April 8, 2010 Update from Department of Social Development and Welfare( DSDW) The Department of Social Development and Welfare (DSDW) has announced that it will not accept new inter-country adoption requests made directly through DSDW for “healthy” orphans from Thailand for 2010. According to DSDW, there are not many orphans available for intercountry ...
  • Liberia: Case-by-Case Visa Issuing April 7, 2010 Update from the Department of State The U.S. Embassy in Monrovia has been informed by the Government of Liberia that it will issue exit clearances, on a case-by-case basis, to children whose full and final adoption had been completed prior to January 26, 2009 and approved by Liberia’s Ad-hoc Central Adoption Authority. Prospective adoptive ...
  • Ghana: Longer Processing Times April 8, 2010 The following Adoption Alert has been issued by the Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues: The U.S. Embassy in Accra, Ghana wishes to advise adoptive parents of procedural changes that may increase the processing time for some adoption cases. Adoptive parents should be aware that an I-604 (Determination on Child for Adoption,sometimes referred ...
  • Haiti: USCIS will end Humanitarian Parole Program April 7, 2010 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will stop accepting new requests for parole under the Special Humanitarian Parole Program for Haitian Orphans effective April 13, 2010, because the Haitian government has requested that the United States bring the program to a close. While USCIS believes that the vast majority of requests for ...
  • Ethiopia:Dept of State Adoption Alert March 6, 2010 The U.S. Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues has issued a notice regarding adoptions from Ethiopia.
  • Haiti: Joint Council Returns from Post-Earthqauke Advocacy February 1, 2010 1:45 pm Joint Council staff just returned from a trip to Haiti. More information can be found on our blog.
  • Haiti: Post-Earthquake January 19 Update January 19, 2010 1:00 pm KENTUCKY ADOPTION SERVICES, INC. NO CONTACT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HAITI ORPHAN PLIGHT (19 January 2010)-Emergency visas have been issued for many children already adopted in Haiti, and orphan arrivals into Pennsylvania and Florida have occurred and continue to occur. The situation is changing and evolving rapidly as adoptive parents and children prepare to unite. ...
  • Haiti: Post-Earthquake January 17 Updates January 17, 2010 10:30 a.m. Yesterday a list of Haitian orphanages including their location and approximate number of children was presented to USAID by Congressman Jim Cooper. This effort to deliver emergency aid, continues to be a collaborative effort by many Members of Congress, non-profits, adoption service providers and adoptive families. Thanks to everyone for this major ...
  • Haiti: Post-Earthquake January 16 Updates January 16, 2010 2:00 pm All of us at Joint Council extend our sincere condolences to the family of Molly Hightower of Port Orchard, Washington. Ms. Hightower was a dedicated volunteer working with Haitian orphans and hoped to work in intercountry adoption when she was killed during the earthquake in Haiti. More information on Ms. Hightower can ...
  • Haiti: Post-Earthquake January 15 Updates January 15, 2010 5:40 pm Visas Issued Joint Council has confirmed that a handful of Haitian children, whose adoptions were finalized by the Haitian courts and whose adoptive parents were in Port au Prince at the time of the earthquake, have received their visa to enter the U.S. Joint Council shares in the joy and relief felt ...
  • Haiti: Earthquake Update January 14, 2010 Sometimes it is more than one can bear. Living in abject poverty. Living in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Living with no mother, no father. And now this. Yesterday, while the good people of Haiti were literally digging themselves out of the rubble, Joint Council and the members of our Haiti Caucus ...
  • Guatemala: 2009 December 4, 2009 U.S. Dept of State submits letter of intent Joint Council can confirm that the U.S. Department of State has submitted a letter of interest to the Guatemalan government regarding participation in the pilot program announced by the Central Authority of Guatemala. Related to the pilot program and the letter of intent, we bring you ...
  • Ethiopia: Country Update November 23, 2009 Following is an update on Joint Council’s advocacy efforts in Ethiopia including our October trip. As always, our advocacy efforts, including our recent trip, serve to advance every child’s right to a permanent and safe family. Standards of Practice During separate meetings, Joint Council presented the Standards of Practice for Non-Governmental Organizations with ...
  • Ukraine: Decree #3813 11/4/2009 On October 30, 2009 Yuri Pavlenko, Minister of Family, Youth, and Sport signed decree #3813. Decree #3813 states, due to the spread of H1N1 in Ukraine, that beginning today (Wednesday, November 3, 2009) the SDA will temporarily suspend Ukrainian and foreign prospective adoptive parents from visiting children referred to the potential adoptive families. It is ...
  • Russia: Story on Intercountry Adoption Specific to Russia 11/6/2009 America.gov has published a story on intercountry adoption and heritage, specific to Russia. The story highlights Alex Griffith, a CNN Hero and friend of Joint Council, as well as, Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption (FRUA). The story is available in both English and Russian at the following links. http://www.america.gov/st/eur-russian/2009/Novber/20091102123622ZJsrednA0.9230615.html http://www.america.gov/st/eur-english/2009/Novber/20091030165454ZJsrednA0.444607. Given the opportunity that positive ...
  • China: Mr. Lu Ying 10/29/2009 Joint Council has learned that after 8-years as Director Gengeral of the China Center of Adoption Affairs (CCAA), Mr. Lu Ying has been appointed to a position within the Ministry of Social Affairs. Joint Council extends its considerable appreciation to Director General Lu for his years of dedicated service to the children of China and ...
  • Nepal 2009-2007 October 5, 2009 The Department of State has released a statement about adoptions from Nepal. Please click here to read it. February 11, 2009 Joint Council has received the latest list of agencies accredited to work in Nepal. The full list of agencies may be viewed here. January 9, 2009 The U.S. Department of State has released ...
  • Ethiopia: International Relations Initiative Trip October 12, 2009 Joint Council’s Director of Programs & Services, Rebecca Harris, and President, Tom DiFilipo, conducted an advocacy trip to Ethiopia from October 2 through October 9, 2009. Meetings were held with officials of the U.S., French, Australian and Ethiopian governments, Joint Council Member Organizations, The Network and other stakeholders. Details of Joint Council activities in ...
  • Liberia: Further Information from Dept of State Regarding Suspension October 7, 2009 Adoption Alert from the Department of State On January 26, 2009, the Government of Liberia suspended intercountry adoptions because of allegations of mismanagement and corruption in the adoption process. The U.S. Department of State cautions American citizens against filing an application to adopt a child from Liberia while the moratorium on adoption remains ...
  • China: U.S. Hague Accreditation Requirements 10/07/2009 The Department of State has issued the following alert regarding adoptions from China: China Center of Adoption Affairs (CCAA) has announced that all prospective adoptive families will be required to work with a U.S. Hague accredited adoption service provider for both transition cases and Convention cases beginning December 1, 2009. This will require all families to work ...
  • Nepal: Information Regarding Nepal 10/5/2009 The Department of State has released a statement about adoptions from Nepal. Please click here to read it.
  • Kenya: Child Welfare in Kenya Summary Report October 1, 2009 Joint Council has issued a Summary Report entitled “Child Welfare in Kenya: Family Support, Foster Care, and Adoption” to view the report please click here.
  • Kenya: U.S. Dept of State, Adoption Alert September 20, 2009 The U.S. Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues has released the following alert regarding intercountry adoptions from Kenya: Kenya is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). As such, all adoptions between Kenya and the United States initiated after April ...
  • Ethiopia: Joint Council Review & Assestment September 28, 2009 Review and Assessment of Intercountry Adoption Practices in Ethiopia Joint Council’s President, Tom DiFilipo, and Director of Programs and Services, Rebecca Harris, will travel to Ethiopia on October 2, 2009 for nine days. Meetings are currently being arranged with Ethiopian, U.S., and other government officials, adoption service providers, and other NGOs working in ...
  • Haiti: Update Children & Families Initiative September 21, 2009 Haitian Children & Families Initiative Background Over the past three years, the processing of adoptions in Haiti have slowed to a crawl. Abandoned children are enduring adoption processes lasting two or three years before being united with adoptive families. Not only is such lasting institutional care damaging to the children who wait and wait, but the ...
  • Ethiopia: Fly Away Children September 21, 2009 The Australian ABC News program Foreign Correspondent, recently broadcast a program entitled Fly Away Children . This program focused on intercountry adoption in Ethiopia and raised serious concerns. On the web page for the story, are responses from Christian World Adoption and Foreign Correspondent . Joint Council has issued a Summary Position Statement ...
  • China: New ASP Requirements 09/16/2009 During a meeting with the China Center of Adoption Affairs (CCAA) on Tuesday September 15 2009, Director General Lu announced that beginning December 1 2009; all adoptive families must be registered with a Hague Accredited Adoption Service Provider (ASP). If an adoptive family is currently registered with a non-Accredited ASP, they are required to transfer ...
  • Kyrgyz Republic: Call to Action September 16, 2009 Joint Council is working closely with Representative Bachmann’s Office and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) to secure a meeting between the Kyrgyz Prime Minister and Members of Congress when the Prime Minister is in the United States next week. Members of Congress are very interested in meeting the Prime Minister ...
  • Haiti: Children and Families Initiative August 12, 2009 Haitian Children & Families Initiative Dear Friends, Over the past three years, the processing of adoptions in Haiti have slowed to a crawl. Abandoned children are enduring adoption processes lasting two or three years before being united with adoptive families. Not only is such lasting institutional care damaging to the children who wait and wait, ...
  • Ukraine: Stance of Joint Council 6/4/2009 A proposed law calling for the suspension of intercountry adoption between the Ukraine and any country with which it does not have an intercountry adoption bi-lateral agreement was voted out of a Rada committee late last week. The vote to move the bill out of committee permits the bill to be placed on the agenda ...
  • Kyrgyz Republic: List of Prospective Adoptive Families June 4, 2009 During the meetings with the Kyrgyz delegation last week the delegation requested a comprehensive list of the approximately 65 prospective adoptive families, the children they have been referred and the name of the orphanage that the referred child currently resides. As part of Joint Council’s ongoing Kyrgyzstan Initiative we will, along with the assistance ...
  • Russia: Participation in Live Video Conference 06/01/2009 Joint Council participated in a live video conference with a U.S. based panel of child welfare experts and a corresponding panel based in Moscow along with mbers of the U.S. and Russian media. Additionally, Joint Council was interviewed for an upcoming article on America.gov which will be distributed (in Russian) to Russian officials and public ...
  • Kyrgyz Republic: Delegation Visit to the U.S. 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 ...
  • Ethiopia: Dept of State Adoption Alert May 29, 2009 The U.S. State Department, Office of Children’s Issues has issued an Adoption Alert regarding Ethiopia.  Joint Council will continue to closely monitor developments in Ethiopia and update our website accordingly.
  • Ethiopia: Investigation of Children’s Homes May 14, 2009 It is Joint Council’s understanding that Ethiopian authorities are investigating alleged actions of five children’s homes in or around Addis Ababa. It is our understanding that this is affecting abandonment cases processed through the courts in Addis. It is unknown at this time if it is affecting just the abandonment cases of those ...
  • Vietnam: Joint Council Hosted Delegation 5/6/2009 Joint Council had the great honor of hosting a eight member delegation of Vietnamese officials and legal experts from March 24th through April 2nd, 2009. The delegation was lead by Vietnam’s Vice Minister of Justice and was made up of key individuals with direct influence over international adoption and child welfare. The intention of the ...
  • Vietnam: JCICS Hosts Delegation of Vietnamese Officials and Legal Experts 5/6/09 Joint Council had the great honor of hosting a eight member delegation of Vietnamese officials and legal experts from March 24th through April 2nd, 2009. The delegation was lead by Vietnam’s Vice Minister of Justice and was made up of key individuals with direct influence over international adoption and child welfare. The intention of the ...
  • Vietnam: Registration of Vietnam Adoptions 5/1/2009 U.S. citizens are not able to register a new adoption in Vietnam at this time. The Government of Vietnam has stated its intention to introduce new adoption legislation and to institute reforms in the adoption process, and has indicated that the anticipated new legislation and implementing regulations may take effect in 2011. Establishing new procedures ...
  • Vietnam: Intentions to Introduce New Adoption Legislation Halts Intercountry Adoption 5/1/09 U.S. citizens are not able to register a new adoption in Vietnam at this time. The Government of Vietnam has stated its intention to introduce new adoption legislation and to institute reforms in the adoption process, and has indicated that the anticipated new legislation and implementing regulations may take effect in 2011. Establishing new procedures ...
  • Kyrgyz Republic: Call to Action April 15, 2009 – CALL TO ACTION: Kyrgyzstan Given the current situation in Kyrgyzstan Joint Council believes that now is the time to advocate for a U.S. Congressional letter to the Kyrgyz President. As a family who is in the process of adopting from Kyrgyzstan we request that you please email your name, zip code, ...
  • Kyrgyz Republic: Findings Presented to Parliament 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 ...
  • India: U.S. Embassy Announces Changes to Visa Processing March 2009 The United States Embassy announces that effective April 1, 2009 all Indian adoption case processing for India will take place in New Delhi. Centralizing adoptions in India will allow all adoption cases to benefit from the long-established working relationship between India’s Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA ), located in New Delhi, and the U.S. ...
  • Russia: Update on List Posted by MOE 03/19/2009 The US embassy in Moscow has released an update on the list recently published by the Russian MOE.
  • Vietnam: Joint Council to Host Delegation 3/17/2009 As part of the Joint Council International Relations Initiative, we are honored to host a 9-member delegation from Vietnam from March 24 th through April 2nd. The delegation, led by Vice-Minister of Justice Dinh Trung Tung, will attend the Joint Council Conference and Institutes, meet with adoptive families and participate in a planned series of ...
  • Vietnam: Joint Council International Relations Initiative 3/17/09 As part of the Joint Council International Relations Initiative, we are honored to host a 9-member delegation from Vietnam from March 24 th through April 2nd. The delegation, led by Vice-Minister of Justice Dinh Trung Tung, will attend the Joint Council Conference and Institutes, meet with adoptive families and participate in a planned series of ...
  • Vietnam: Updates Regarding Second Referrals 3/3/09 The Department of Adoption, Ministry of Justice in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, confirms that it has carefully reviewed the US Government’s request to permit second referrals in cases where the referral was lost for reasons beyond the control of the prospective adopting parents. The Ministry of Justice has determined that for humanitarian reasons, in ...
  • Kyrgyz Republic: Meeting with Vice Prime Ministers Offices March 3, 2009 Joint Council is pleased to confirm that U.S. Embassy officials in Kyrgyzstan met late last week with the Vice Prime Ministers Office regarding the 65 in-process intercountry adoption cases and the future of intercountry adoptions from Kyrgyzstan. At this time Joint Council cannot confirm the exact contents of the conversation. Further, we can ...
  • Russia: 1-600 Petitions Adjudicated 02/27/2009 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that beginning March 30th it will adjudicate all I-600 petitions for intercountry adoptions from Russia. USCIS has also released related FAQs to further clarify the process. Please read this most recent release, along with the FAQs, for further information.
  • Kyrgyz Republic: Adoption Alert February 17, 2009 The following Adoption Alert has been issued by the U.S. Dept of State, Office of Children’s Services. The U.S. Department of State does not recommend that U.S. citizens consider adoption from Kyrgyzstan at this time. Currently, no adoption cases are being processed, including at least sixty-five adoption cases by U.S. citizens already in progress. ...
  • Vietnam: Participants Vietnam Call To Action 1/13/2009 Joint Council thanks the individuals who participated in our Vietnam Call to Action from January 5th through 9th. The final list of  senators and representatives who signed Senator Landrieu and Coleman’s letter intended for Nguyen Tan Dung, the Prime Minister of Vietnam, can be found below. The signatures can also be found here.
  • Brazil: Hague Accreditation 02/17/2009 The Department of State is working very closely with the Brazilian government to establish how the Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention, which entered into force for the U.S. in 2008, will affect future adoptions in Brazil.  At the moment, parents should expect a lengthy process because there is currently no U.S. Hague-accredited adoption service provider working ...
  • Kyrgyz Republic: A Country Update February 13, 2009 On February 12, 2009, Consul Valerie Chittenden met with the newly-appointed Deputy Minister of Education (MOE), Umutkhan Tynalieva. This was the first official discussion we have had with Kyrgyz officials since the halt in adoptions. The Kyrgyz Government has formed an adoption commission that includes officials from the Vice Prime Minister’s office, the Ministries ...
  • Vietnam: Janice Jacobs Recent Visit to Vietnam 2/12/2009 Please read the article from Thanh Nien News detailing Janice Jacobs’ (the Assistant Secretary at the Bureau of Consular Affairs) recent visit to Vietnam.
  • Vietnam: Janice Jacob’s Recent Visit to Vietnam 2/12/09 Please read the article from Thanh Nien News detailing Janice Jacobs’ (the Assistant Secretary at the Bureau of Consular Affairs) recent visit to Vietnam.
  • US Confirms No Adoptions with Cambodia 2/12/09  USCIS today clarified that it continues to be unable to approve any Form I-600 for a child to be adopted from Cambodia. Please read the recently posted USCIS Update regarding intercountry adoption in Cambodia.
  • Haiti: Joint Council Standards of Practice February 11, 2009 Joint Council is proud to present its Standards of Practice for Haiti. These Standards are designed for orphanages and Adoption Service Providers who demonstrate that they meet these highest standards of practice. The Standards can be found here. The U.S. Consular General hosted a signing ceremony for the Joint Council Standards of Practice at ...
  • 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 ...
  • Liberia: Suspends of Adoptions January 29, 2009 It is Joint Council’s understanding that the government of Liberia has suspended intercountry adoptions with the exception of special needs cases until new rules and regulations can be put into place. This follows comments made earlier this week by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: “The gross mismanagement of the adoption program, by both Liberian ...
  • China: Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention Cases (Revised) 01/26/2009 The China Center for Adoption Affairs (CCAA) has proposed and the Department of State has agreed that beginning January 1, 2009, all adoption cases between the U.S. and China will be processed by China as Hague Inter-country Adoption Convention cases. The Department of State has received assurances that under the new process, transition cases (as ...
  • China: Possible Discrepancy Regarding Adoption Notice 01/26/2009 It is Joint Council’s understanding that there may be a discrepancy in the Department of State’s Adoption Notice: China, published on January 23, 2009 (see below). We are working with the Department of State to bring clarity to the issue by early next week. The Adoption Notice issued by the Department of State indicates that ...
  • China: Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention Cases 01/23/2009 The China Center for Adoption Affairs (CCAA) has proposed and the Department of State has agreed that beginning January 1, 2009, all adoption cases between the U.S. and China will be processed by China as Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention cases. The Department of State has received assurances that under the new process, transition cases (as ...
  • Kyrgyz Republic: Changes in Government Officials January 23, 2009 It is Joint Council’s understanding that 17 high ranking officials of the Kyrgyz government, including the Minister of Education and the Vice-Minister of Education, have been removed from their positions. Obviously this will have an effect on in-process intercountry adoptions. It is currently unclear excactly how the changes will effect in-process cases. As ...
  • Kyrgyz Republic: Update from Joint Council January 14, 2009 In consultation with the Joint Council Kyrgyzstan Task Force, it is our assessment that prospective adoptive parents should not initiate new adoption cases in Kyrgyzstan. Additionally, we recommend that Adoption Services Providers not accept new applications. If a family is in the process of adopting from Kyrgyzstan but does not yet have a ...
  • Vietnam: Joint Council Thanks Participants of the Vietnam Call to Action 1/13/09 Joint Council thanks the individuals who participated in our Vietnam Call to Action from January 5th through 9th. The final list of senators and representatives who signed Senator Landrieu and Coleman’s letter intended for Nguyen Tan Dung, the Prime Minister of Vietnam, can be found below. The signatures can also be found here.
  • Nepal: Department of State Announcement 1/9/2009 The U.S. Department of State has released the following announcement: On January 1, 2009, the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare (MWCSW) established procedures for processing adoptions pursuant to the Government of Nepal’s (GON) new Terms and Conditions for adoptions. The initial announcement stated that only 10 applications will be processed from each Embassy, Mission, ...
  • Kyrgyz Ambassador Visits US January 7, 2009 It is our understanding that the Kyrgyz Ambassador to the US recently visited Kyrgyzstan, advocating for a resolution to the current delays with the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Education. Joint Council has further confirmed that the US State Department continues its advocacy efforts with the US Embassy in Kyrgyzstan and the ...
  • Vietnam: Position Paper on Vietnam 12/23/2008 Joint Council has released a Position Paper on Vietnam supporting the efforts of U.S. Senators Mary Landrieu and Norm Coleman, requesting that Congressional representatives sign a letter intended for Nguyen Tan Dung, the Prime Minister of Vietnam. This letter encourages Vietnam’s continued participation in negotiations related to a new bilateral agreement on intercountry adoption and ...
  • Vietnam: Joint Council Position Paper 12/23/08 Joint Council has released a Position Paper on Vietnam supporting the efforts of U.S. Senators Mary Landrieu and Norm Coleman, requesting that Congressional representatives sign a letter intended for Nguyen Tan Dung, the Prime Minister of Vietnam. This letter encourages Vietnam’s continued participation in negotiations related to a new bilateral agreement on intercountry adoption and ...
  • Russia: Joint Council Addresses the Tragic Death of Chase Harrison 12/23/2008 Joint Council wishes to express our sympathy regarding the tragic death of Chase Harrison (Dmitri Yakovlev). Nothing can be done to change that tragedy and we continue to extend our sympathies to everyone who cared for and loved Chase. Some in both American and Russian societies have expressed considerable concerns regarding the acquittal of Mr. Harrison. ...
  • Vietnam: How to Support the Continuation of Intercountry Adoption 12/18/08 Senators Landrieu and Coleman, along with other Members of Congress, are continuing to show their support of ensuring every child’s right to a permanent, safe, and loving family. As part of their commitment, they will be forwarding a letter to Nguyen Tan Dung, the Prime Minister of Vietnam. This letter will encourage Vietnam’s continued participation ...
  • Kyrgyz Republic: Notice form Dept of State December 12, 2008 Joint Council has received an update from the U.S. Department of State on adoptions from Kyrgyzstan. It is recommended that new cases not be initiated at this time. Please see the release for more information.
  • China: Electronic Waiting Child List 12/09/2008 Joint Council has released a listing of member organizations with access to the electronic waiting child list. Please note that this is not a comprehensive listing.
  • Kazakhstan: Approved Adoption Service Providers December 9, 2008 Families are encouraged to consult both the NY and DC Kazakh Consulates for the list of approved agencies, as they vary by jurisdiction.
  • Ukraine: Resolution #905 12/5/2008 The U.S. Department of State has released the following information on adoptions from Ukraine: On October 8, 2008 the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers approved Resolution #905, introducing new regulations for adoptions and the protection of the rights of adopted children. This Resolution cancels the previous adoption Resolution #1377. The new regulations went into effect on December ...
  • Kyrgyz Republic: Information from US Embassy December 3, 2008 Joint Council has confirmed that the U.S. Embassy in Kyrgyzstan has been requesting further information on the current state of intercountry adoptions from the Kyrgyz government. At this time, it is our understanding that the Kyrgyz Parliament has concerns regarding the governmental control of Adoption Service Providers in the republic. In meetings with Kyrgyz ...
  • India: Terrorist Attacks in Mumbai December 2008 As many of you know, a series of terrorist attacks occurred in Mumbai last week, killing 179 people. Joint Council extends its condolences to the Indian government and the citizens of Mumbai following the series of terrorist attacks in Mumbai which killed 179 people.
  • Nepal: Agencies Approved to Work in Nepal 11/28/2008 The Nepalese government has released a list of agencies approved to work in Nepal. Please see the attachment for details.
  • Kyrgyz Republic: Word of Caution from Dept of State November 14, 2008 The Department of State recommends adoptive parents and agencies exercise caution in pursuing an intercountry adoption from Kyrgyzstan. A number of prospective adoptive parents have reported that their cases are not being processed. The U.S. Embassy has requested official clarification, but no formal announcement has been made. According to local experts, few if ...
  • Ethiopia: Update from Ministry of Woman’s Affairs November 13, 2008 The Ethiopian Ministry of Women’s Affairs now requires additional documentation for adoption cases in which a living birth parent or parents has/have abandoned their child to an orphanage. The regional social affairs bureau must now authenticate the letter issued by the local Kebele court that acknowledges the abandonment. This requirement was implemented in ...
  • Russia: I-600/I-604 Procedure Changes 11/11/2008 Traditionally when adoptive parents filed their I-600 at the U.S. embassy in Moscow, the I-604 review was conducted by a Department of State (DOS) Consular Officer. This procedure is in the process of changing. These changes may affect both the outcome and timing of visa issuance. The legal authority and responsibility for I-604 reviews resides with ...
  • Nepal: Nepalese Government Has Not Resumed Processing Adoptions 11/14/2008 The U.S. Department of State has announced that the Government of Nepal has not yet resumed processing intercountry adoptions. It is expected that the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare (WCS) may begin accepting applications in January 2009; however, many procedures remain to be implemented at the Ministry and local levels before adoption processing ...
  • Colombia: End of Strike October 28, 2008 Joint Council is pleased to announce that the judicial strike in Colombia affecting approximately 80 cases has concluded, and the US Embassy is now resuming the processing of these adoption visas. It is also Joint Council’s understanding that potential adoptive parents no longer face any travel restrictions.
  • Vietnam: Formal Negotiations Between the US and Vietnam Postponed 10/27/08 On October 13th Joint Council announced its understanding that formal negotiations between the Governments of Vietnam and the United States regarding an interim Memorandum of Understanding were scheduled in the coming weeks. It is now our understanding that these scheduled formal negotiations have been postponed. While Joint Council does not have information as to a new ...
  • Ukraine: SDAPRC to Open Unused Slots for New Dossiers 10/24/2008 The U.S. Department of State has released the following information on adoptions from Ukraine: On October 14, 2008 the Ministry for Family, Youth and Sports published official Order #3899 approving revised procedures for submission of new adoption dossiers from foreign citizens in the fourth quarter of 2008. The annual adoption dossiers quota for 2008 had previously ...
  • Ethiopia: Cultural Sensitivities in While Traveling for Intercountry Adoption October 23, 2008 Joint Council has released a policy statement on Cultural Sensitivities in Ethiopia in order to formalize our cultural sensitivity policies and to educate PAPs and others on this important issue. We ask that all families currently in-process in Ethiopia, or those who are considering an Ethiopian adoption, read this important statement. ...
  • Ukraine: I600 and Unexpired FBI Fingerprints 10/20/2008 Families adopting from Ukraine are advised that an I-600 petition filed at an overseas post after an adoption has been completed abroad can be approved and an immigrant visa issued for the child only if the petitioners (and all other adult members of the household) have unexpired FBI fingerprint results. Even though your I-600A approval ...
  • Vietnam: US and Vietnam Joint Statement 10/16/08 United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of State (DOS) have issued a joint statement with the government of Vietnam announcing that the processing of new adoption cases will not resume until both countries sign a new bilateral agreement. The text of USCIS’ press release is found below. Please also see the ...
  • Vietnam: State Department Announcement Regarding Adoption of Children with Special Needs 10/15/08 The U.S. Department of State has issued an announcement in cooperation with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Government of Vietnam, regarding the adoption of children with Special Needs by U.S. citizens from Vietnam. In summary, the announcement supports the recommendation made by Joint Council regarding Special Needs Adoptions in Vietnam. It is our ...
  • China: Positive Ruling in 1600A Process 10/14/2008 Update: Joint Council announces a positive ruling in the I600A process. Please read our statement and the Q&A to frequently asked questions on the new ruling.
  • Vietnam: Preliminary Results of Joint Council’s 2008 Survey of Vietnam Families 10/14/08 Preliminary results from Joint Council’s August, 2008 survey of Vietnam families show that prior to the closure of adoptions on September 1, 2008, over 900 families were in the process of adopting from Vietnam. According to the results, families surveyed had planned to adopt approximately 940 Vietnamese children. Of these families, only 35.5% (319 families) ...
  • Vietnam: Portion of Law Governing Special Needs Adoptions Released 10/14/08 Joint Council has released a portion of the Vietnamese law governing Special Needs Adoptions. The decree in its entirety can be found here. ON JULY 21, 2006, DECREE NO. 69/2006/ND-CP, AMENDING DECREE NO. 68/2002/ND-CP, WAS PASSED INTO LAW. PARAGRAPH 8 – TO AMEND AND SUPPLEMENT ARITCE 35 AS FOLLOWS: PARAGRAP 3: FOREIGNERS PERMANENTLY RESIDING OVERSEAS AND APPLYING FOR ADOPTION OF ...
  • Colombia: Strike Update October 14, 2008 The Colombian Institute of Social Welfare (ICBF) has informed the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bogota that it will not grant prospective adoptive parents legal custody to complete adoptions in the US. Regrettably, this means that an IR-4 visa for an orphan to be adopted in the U.S. is not an ...
  • Vietnam: Joint Council Position Statement on Special Needs and Waiting Children 10/10/08 A Position Statement from Joint Council on International Children’s Services: Vietnam’s Special Needs and Waiting Children On September 1, 2008, the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on international adoption between the United States and Vietnam expired. The cessation of this agreement left over 600 Potential Adoptive Parents (PAPs) disappointed, saddened and unable to continue their adoption process ...
  • Colombia: Halt in Intercountry Adoptions October 8, 2008 The processing of international adoptions in Colombia has been halted temporarily due to the current judicial strike. The judicial strike has occurred for the last 40 days and currently affects about 82 cases. As referrals are still being issued, it is unknown exactly how many children and families will be affected. However, ...
  • China: 5 Ways You Can Help 10/06/2008 Joint Council asks you to join us in resolving an issue that will severely and negatively impact over 10,000 U.S. families hoping to adopt a child in need. This shortfall in the law, if left unchecked, will cost Potential Adoptive Parents (P.A.P.s) thousands of dollars, force them to face the complications of switching adoption agencies ...
  • Kazakhstan: Adoption Service Providers October 3, 2008 The Consular Section of the Kazakhstan Embassy has agreed to release the following information: As of September 27, a total of 32 US agencies have submitted their application to process adoptions in Kazakhstan. All of the information requested from these agencies has been provided, and these agencies “are cleared.” One or two more ...
  • China: FAQ Regarding Contaminated Milk Powder 10/02/2008 A number of infants in China have been adversely affected by contaminated milk powder. Joint Council has created the FAQs below to answer the most frequent questions. 1) Why is this formula causing problems? Infants have been sickened by Melamine, a toxic chemical that was added to milk to help boost the appearance of protein. Melamine is ...
  • Haiti: New Minister of Social Affairs September 13, 2008 Madam Beaudin , the former director of IBESR, has been nominated to the position of new Minister of Social Affairs. She held the position of IBESR director since October of 2006.
  • Vietnam: Negotiations Toward a New Agreement on Intercountry Adoption 9/8/08 Following our update of September 1, 2008, it is Joint Council’s understanding that the Government of Vietnam has issued a formal diplomatic note to the United States Government naming a high ranking Vietnamese official as Vietnam’s lead negotiator and also requesting that both governments begin negotiations towards a new Memorandum of Agreement regarding intercountry adoption. Joint ...
  • China: Potential Adoptive Parent Information 09/08/2008 – Joint Council and others in our field have great concern regarding the one-time renewal of I-600A approvals and the impact on Potential Adoptive Parents (PAPs). Following is Joint Council’s assessment and statement on this very important issue facing over 10,000 U.S. families.  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has again confirmed that PAPs with an ...
  • Vietnam: Intercountry Adoption Suspended Until New MOA is Signed 9/1/08 Today, September 1, 2008, the current Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the United States and Vietnam expires. As a result, intercountry adoption is effectively suspended until a new MOA is signed and implemented by both countries. Joint Council sees the suspension of intercountry adoption as a tragedy for children and for the families willing to ...
  • Vietnam: Update on Tu Du Hospital 8/19/08 The Department of State has released an update on Tu Du Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City relating to to the documentation of children born there. The full release follows: Documentation related to intercountry adoption of children born at Tu Du Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City is unreliable, according to recent field investigations by U.S. ...
  • Vietnam: Summary of Joint Council’s Vietnam Survey Initiative 8/14/08 Joint Council thanks all families currently in the adoption process with Vietnam who completed the Vietnam Survey. Survey results are still being compiled but will be posted once the results have been assessed. Following is a summary of this important initiative: As part of our ongoing efforts, we have joined forces with Ethica and the ...
  • Vietnam: Response from Department of State to Congress Letter 8/11/08 Joint Council has received the response issued by the Department of State to the Members of the United States Congress who signed the letter to Secretary Rice in support of a new MOA. A copy of the release can be found here.
  • Ethiopia: International Relations Initiative Delegation to Travel August 11, 2008 During the week of August 4, 2008, Joint Council traveled to Ethiopia to further our ongoing dialogue with the Ethiopian government. During our advocacy trip, we communicated with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Network, U.S. Consular General and various Joint Council Member Organization Country Directors. Joint Council ...
  • Haiti: International Relations Initiative August 6, 2008 Joint Council led a delegation to Haiti the week of July 28, 2008. During meetings with orphanage and crèche directors, IBESR, UNICEF, and U.S. Consular Offices, the Joint Council delegation advocated for implementation of a new child protection law and a reduction in adoption processing timelines. Currently, adoption processing times regularly exceed 18 ...
  • Vietnam: Congressional Briefing Scheduled- Call to Action 7/30/08 The Congressional Coalition on Adoption has invited the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to conduct a briefing of Congressional staff on issues related to intercountry adoption in Vietnam, Guatemala along with issues related to intercountry adoption in general. The briefing is scheduled for this Friday, August 1, ...
  • Vietnam: Joint Council Participates in Congressional Briefing on International Children Services 7/29/08 On Friday, July 26, 2008, Joint Council participated in a briefing of over 60 Congressional offices on issues related to international children’s services with particular attention to intercountry adoption in Vietnam and Guatemala. The panel presented varying perspectives on the issues facing intercountry adoption in Vietnam and Guatemala. Regarding Vietnam the issue of a new Memorandum ...
  • Vietnam: VietNamNet Bridge Article on Hague Convention 7/28/08 As reported in the VietNamNet Bridge, on July 25, the Vietnam National Assembly discussed Vietnam’s participation in the Hague Convention. The article reports that the Ministry of Justice suggested that the country establish a specific office to implement the convention, which would be responsible to the State for protecting children given up for adoption in ...
  • 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 ...
  • Vietnam: Department of State Announcement on the Suspension of Dossier Acceptance 7/21/08 The U.S. Department of State (U.S. DOS) has posted an announcement regarding the suspension of dossier acceptance by the government of Vietnam on July 1, 2008, and the planned suspension of referrals on September 1, 2008. This announcement, found below, details the process by which prospective adoptive parents and children will be qualified as having ...
  • Vietnam: Department of State Announcement on DIA 7/18/08 The U.S. Department of State has released the following statement on their website: Prospective adoptive parents and adoption service providers should be aware that the Vietnamese Department of International Adoptions (DIA) suspended the acceptance of new adoption dossiers on July 1, 2008. The DIA will continue to process cases received prior to July 1, 2008. The ...
  • Ethiopia: Presentation of Joint Council Standrads of Practice July 16, 2008 During the week of July 7, 2008, * Joint Council led a delegation of child welfare organizations to Addis Ababa and presented its Standards of Practice for Adoption Service Providers with Respect to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (SOP). Audiences included the Ethiopian Ministries of Justice, Foreign Affairs, Women’s Affairs, and ...
  • Vietnam: Letter to Secretary Rice Receives 149 Signatures 7/9/08 Joint Council is pleased to announce that the letter to Secretary Rice in support of the recommendations in A Child’s Right Campaign for Vietnam received a total of 149 signatories. It was signed by 92 members of the House, as well as 57 members of the Senate. Our membership’s efforts have been instrumental in the ...
  • Vietnam: President Bush and Vietnamese Prime Minister Meet 6/26/08 On June 24th, 2008, President Bush and the Vietnamese Prime Minister met at the White House for the fourth bilateral exchange in four years. Both leaders stated their commitment to a strong relationship moving forward and constructive cooperation on a range of issues, including adoption. The release reads, in part: “The President expressed his commitment ...
  • Vietnam: Status on Letter from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption to Secretary Rice 6/23/08 Joint Council is pleased to announce that the letter from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption to Secretary Rice regarding intercountry adoption and child protection in Vietnam has received over 130 Congressional signatures. Given the visit to the United States by the Prime Minister of Vietnam over the next few days, it would greatly benefit our collective ...
  • Vietnam: Joint Council’s Child’s Right Campaign 6/18/08 Joint Council’s Child’s Right Campaign has been well received, and the letter to Secretary Rice, advocating for a new MOU for Vietnam, is now circulating to all of the congressional offices. Joint Council is asking families to call their elected officials on Thursday, June 19th and Friday, June 20th, in support of the campaign. Joint Council has ...
  • Vietnam: Joint Council to Lead Delegation 6/13/2008 In advancing our advocacy for every child’s right to a permanent, safe and loving family, Joint Council will lead a delegation to Vietnam on June 17, 2008. The delegation is a collaborative effort and includes: Tom DiFilipo of Joint Council; Paul Singer of the Global Orphan Care Initiative and Joint Council Board of Directors; Linh ...
  • Vietnam: Department of State Annonuncement 06/11/2008 The Department of State has released the following statement: The Government of Vietnam has been unable to comply with the 2005 Agreement as planned, and cases have frequently been tainted by corruption due to weaknesses in the Vietnamese adoption system. The U.S. and Vietnamese governments have agreed the current agreement cannot be renewed when it expires ...
  • Nepal: Terms and Conditions to Govern Intercountry Adoption May 28, 2008 The U.S. Department of State announced that the Nepali Cabinet approved the following terms and conditions to govern the intercountry adoption process on May 2nd, 2008: Some changes introduced by the new terms and conditions include: The WCS Ministry, not the orphanages, will be responsible for matching children with adopting parents. Documented efforts ...
  • China: Shaohannah’s Hope 05/22/2008 Joint Council extends its condolences to the Chapman family following the news of the passing of their daughter, Maria, one of three adopted daughters from China. Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman have brought attention to the world orphan crisis, while engaging the church community and providing adoption grants through their organization Shaohannah’s Hope. The ...
  • China: Earthquake Update 05/22/2008 In light of the recent earthquake in China which has orphaned approximately 4,000 children, Joint Council has prepared a statement to share with families seeking more information. The document highlighting some of the key issues and concerns that prevent the immediate implementation of international adoption in the wake of natural disaster can be found here.
  • Vietnam: A Child’s Right Campaign for Vietnam 05/21/2008 Joint Council is pleased to announce A Child’s Right Campaign for Vietnam. Please join us on June 2nd by contacting Members of Congress and urging them to join the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Co-Chairs and sign their letter to Secretary Condoleezza Rice in support of the recommendations found in “A Child’s Right Campaign for Vietnam.” A ...
  • Georgia: A Country Update May 1, 2008 A very limited number of Georgian children are eligible for intercountry adoption. In 2007, only 4 visas were issued to children adopted from Georgia. On May 1, 2008, a new adoption law took effect in Georgia that established a mandatory waiting period of 18 months before children were made available for adoption ...
  • Vietnam: Letter from COA 04/1/2008 The Council on Accreditation recently submitted a letter to Tom DiFilipo, President & CEO of Joint Council, regarding the rolling nature of Hague Accreditation specific to Vietnam. Please click here to view a copy of the letter.
  • Kazakhstan: Update on Intercountry Adoptions March 25, 2008 On Monday, March 24th, Joint Council met with Kazakhstan Ambassador to the United States Erlan Idrissov and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Michelle Bond. The meeting addressed the Ambassador’s concerns regarding adoptions between the United States and Kazakhstan and confirmed the ongoing review of all adoptions cases currently at the Kazakhstan Embassy ...
  • Kazakhstan: Update on Suspension March 22, 2008 At the invitation of Kazakhstan Ambassador to the United States Erlan A. Idrissov, Joint Council and a representative of the U.S. Department of State will hold a meeting on Monday, March 24, 2008 at the Kazakhstan Embassy. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the recent suspension of dossier processing by ...
  • Liberia: US Dept of State Update March 19, 2008 The U.S. Department of State has issued the following update regarding Liberian adoptions: “On March 14, the director of a U.S. adoption agency and three employees of the agency were prevented from departing Liberia with recently adopted Liberian children. The children were in possession of lawful adoption decrees and valid U.S. immigrant visas, ...
  • Kazakhstan: Suspension of Intercountry Adoptions March 17, 2008 Joint Council confirms the suspension of dossier processing by the Kazakhstan Embassy and Consulates pending the finalization of a review of adoption cases by the Kazakhstan government. The following represents our understanding of the suspension. The suspension of dossier processing by the Kazakhstan Embassy/Consulate is effective immediately. Dossiers which ...
  • Vietnam: Joint Council Presents Vietnam Standards of Practcie 03/07/2008 This week Joint Council had the honor of presenting the Joint Council Vietnam Standards of Practice to the Vietnam Ministry of Justice (MOJ), Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and to the United States Embassy in Hanoi. We are proud to report that all parties expressed their appreciation for and support of ...
  • Vietnam: Joint Council’s Position Regarding Vietnam 03/07/2008 The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors is pleased to clarify Joint Council’s position regarding the current Vietnam negotiations, specific to an earlier post issued on March 7, 2008: Joint Council continues to advocate for all JCICS member and affiliate organizations with programs in Vietnam and those hoping to establish them. It is, however, ...
  • Vietnam: Release of Standards of Practice 2/14/2008 Joint Council is pleased to formally announce the release of our Standards of Practice for Vietnam. In addition to the formal Standards, Tom DiFilipo, President & CEO of Joint Council has issued an official summary of the document. In order to access Tom DiFilipo’s summary, please click here. A copy of Joint Council’s Standards ...
  • Vietnam: Warning Regarding Adoptions 1/29/2008 The U.S. Department of State has issued a warning regarding adoptions in Vietnam as well as a press release which further addresses their concerns. 
  • Vietnam:Timeline for Finalization of Vietnam Standards of Practice 1/3/2008 The timeline regarding the finalization of Joint Council’s Vietnam Standards of Practice has been extended. This decision was made in order to ensure that the most up-to-date information is incorporated in the document which will be presented to Vietnamese provinces and the DIA by Joint Council President & CEO Tom DiFilipo. New information obtained from ...
  • Ukraine: SDAPRC Issues 2008 Quotas 12/27/2007 The Ukraine SDAPRC has issued the quota for intercountry adoptions to the United States for calendar year 2008 at 460 (dossier submissions). Additionally, specific quotas have been set for five categories: children under 6 years old (with no siblings) – 32 dossiers children from 6 to 9 years old (with no siblings) – 83 dossiers children 10 or ...
  • Guatemala: 2007 December 21, 2007 Through recent dialogue with the Guatemalan government, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Congress and UNICEF, Joint Council is now highly confident that Guatemalan adoption cases currently in-process will proceed to finalization under the current notarial process. Please click here to view the complete Joint Council assessment, which includes ...
  • Philippines: Update Regarding Placing Agencies December 17, 2007 – The most up-to-date listing of US agencies placing Filipino children can be found on the Philippines Inter-Country Adoption Board website at http://www.icab.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_contact&catid=19&Itemid=32
  • Vietnam: Summary of Vietnam Summit 12/4/2007 To review and download a copy of Joint Council’s official summary of the Vietnam Summit which was held on November 28 in Washington D.C., please click here.
  • Vietnam: DC Meeting Location 11/26/2007 Joint Council is pleased to announce that we have secured a larger meeting space for the November 28 Summit in Washington, DC. The meeting will now be held in the Longworth building, which is next door to the Rayburn building. This larger space will enable us to accept an additional 20 participants from Member or Non-Member ...
  • Russia: Joint Council to Participate in the Russian Ministry of Education and Science’s International Conference 11/26/2007 Joint Council has been invited to speak at the Russian Ministry of Education and Science’s International Conference on the Protection of Rights for Orphans and Children Without Parents. The conference, scheduled for December 9, 10, and 11, 2007 in Moscow, will focus on the identification and prevention of violence in domestic and intercountry adoption. The ...
  • Vietnam: Maximum Number of RSVPs for Summit 11/20/2007 As of 3 p.m., Joint Council has received the maximum number of Vietnam Summit RSVPs that we can allow due to space restrictions. Any RSVPs received after 3 p.m. will go on a waiting list. All confirmed participants who have also sent their corresponding payment will receive a follow-up email by close of business Monday. This ...
  • Vietnam: Joint Council to Host Summit Meeting 11/16/2007 Joint Council will host a Vietnam Summit Meeting of adoption service providers, along with representatives from the U.S. Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Congress on Wednesday, November 28th. Although Joint Council has opened the meeting to both Member and non-Member organizations, all participants will need to RSVP by Friday, November ...
  • Vietnam: Referrals Temporarily Suspended 11/12/2007 Joint Council can confirm that the Vietnam Department of Intercountry Adoption has temporarily suspended referrals from the Phu Tho province for U.S. potential adoptive parents effective November 5, 2007. It is our understanding that the suspension will not interfere with the adoptions of those children referred prior to November 5, 2007.
  • Vietnam: Vietnam Summit 11/12/2007 In line with our mission of protecting each child’s right to a permanent, safe and loving family, Joint Council will host a Vietnam Summit Meeting of adoption service providers, along with representatives of the U.S. Department of State and Homeland Security, on Wednesday, November 28th. In order to encourage a successful Summit through cullaboration, Joint ...
  • Nepal: Completion of 400 Adoptions 11/6/2007 Joint Council is very pleased to report that the Nepali Cabinet has approved the completion of the over 400 adoptions which have been suspended since April 2007. With a goal of ensuring that each child retained the right to find a permanent, safe and loving family, this truly collaborative effort included the governments of the United ...
  • Russia: Immediate Action Requested 10/27/2007 Joint Council, in cooperation with members of Congress, is requesting immediate action on the part of the U.S. Department of Justice regarding the issuance of clearances for agencies attempting to obtain Russian accreditation. Joint Council has also been in direct contact with Interpol on this issue, however Interpol has been unresponsive to date.
  • Nepal: Initiated Efforts by Joint Council and CCAI 10/27/2007 Joint Council, in cooperation with adoptive families and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, have initiated numerous efforts to complete the adoptions of over 400 children currently caught in legal limbo. Prior to the suspension of adoptions, 400 children were referred to families, yet their adoptions have not been able to be completed. Joint Council ...
  • Colombia: International Relations Initiative Update October 27, 2007 In cooperation with Bethany Christian Services and Children’s Home Society & Family Services of Minnesota, Joint Council traveled to Bogotá, Colombia in September. Joint Council met with the Assistant Attorney General for Children’s Rights and visited with the directors of various children’s homes. During and subsequent to the meetings, Joint Council advocates ...
  • Vietnam: Update From USCIS 10/25/2007 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued an update announcing that the USCIS office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam will have sule jurisdiction over all Form I-600s filed on behalf of a Vietnamese child on or after October 29, 2007. The announcement also states that as of November 16, 2007, USCIS will not expedite ...
  • Vietnam: New Update Concerning I-600s 10/24/2007 Joint Council President & CEO Tom DiFilipo has issued a new update concerning the revised I-600 procedure in Vietnam, which includes provisions for families in Vietnam or those with imminent travel. To review a copy of this latest update, please click here.
  • Vietnam: New I-600 Filing Procedures 10/23/2007 Joint Council has been in communication again today with both U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) and the U.S. Department of State (USDOS) regarding the effective date of the new I-600 filing procedures. We have strongly advocated for a common sense approach to implementation. As part of our advocacy, Joint Council has delivered a letter ...
  • Vietnam: New Intiative for I-600s 10/22/2007 In September 2007, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced plans for their new initiative related to I-600 filings and determinations. It is our understanding that USCIS will rullout this initiative within the coming weeks. Joint Council has been involved in the development of this initiative and has advocated for a three week (21 day) ...
  • India: Joint Council Speaking Engagement October 2007 At the invitation of India’s Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA), Joint Council President & CEO Tom DiFilipo spoke on Mutual Cooperation and Transparency & Ethical issues in intercountry adoption.
  • India: International Relations Initiative Trip September 2007 Through the longstanding relationship between the Joint Council India Caucus, lead for years by Teri Bell and now by Aimee LaBlonde, Joint Council’s Tom DiFilipo has been invited to speak at this year’s CARA Conference in India. Tom will address the issue of Ethics in Adoption on October 10, 2007.
  • Guatamala5000 in 2007 Can you explain the problem behind the pending crisis in Guatemala? Guatemalan President Oscar Berger has announced plans to effectively suspend all adoptions into the United States as of January 1, 2008. This leaves the lives of more than 5,000 children who have already been matched to adoptive parents in limbo. The birthparents for these children ...
  • Mexico: International Relations Inititaive September 5, 2007 As part of our efforts to incorporate intercountry adoption as a viable option for permanency, Joint Council will meet with officials in Mexico on September 17, 2007.
  • Haiti: Processing of Visas September 25, 2007 Joint Council is pleased to confirm that the U.S. Department of State Consular office in Haiti began processing visas as of late last week. It is our understanding that the issue related to Haitian court decrees has been fully resolved and that the processing of visas will continue uninterrupted.
  • Ukraine: Procedures of Visa Documents 09/05/2007 The U.S. Department of State recently posted a notice regarding updated procedures for submission of visa documents for adopted children in Ukraine. For more information, please visit the State Department’s website by clicking here.
  • Vietnam: Fee Schedule 09/05/2007 During his visit to Washington, D.C. in July, Department of Intercountry Adoptions Director Long informed the U.S. government that the Vietnamese government would issue an official schedule of adoption-related fees in September 2007. The fee schedule is required by the terms of the bilateral agreement on adoptions between Vietnam and the United States. Part-year statistics ...
  • Russia: Several Adoption Locations Reopened 09/05/2007 Adoptions are now taking place in several locations where they have been largely stalled for over a year, including the Yevreiskaya Autonomous Republic, the Bryansk Region, and the municipalities of Tomsk and Novosibirsk.
  • Kenya: A Country Update September 5, 2007 The government of Kenya has not recently indicated any change in its residence requirement policies for foreign adoptive parents. Kenya plans to accede to the Hague Adoption Convention.
  • Nepal: Moratorium on Adoptions 09/5/2007 On May 8, the Nepali government imposed a moratorium on all intercountry adoptions pending the passage of adoption reform legislation by the Nepali cabinet. On May 23, the U.S. Embassy delivered a formal diplomatic note urging the Nepalese government to continue processing cases in which adoptive parents have already been matched with a child. For ...
  • Ethiopia: Increase in Intercountry Adoptions September 5, 2007 The U.S. Department of States has estimated that the total number of orphan visas for FY-2007 will reach 1,300 – nearly double the FY-2006 level. The U.S. embassy in Addis Adaba is continuing to review cases to ensure that adoptive children have been properly relinquished for adoption. Mr. Ato Haddush Halefom, adoption ...
  • Colombia: International Relations Initiative Trip September 5, 2007 Joint Council will travel to Columbia on September 9, 2007. This fact finding mission will incorporate meetings with various social service providers and government officials.
  • China: CCAA Regulations 09/05/2007 The new CCAA regulations concerning intercountry adoptions officially took effect on May 1. As expected, these regulations have begun to reduce the number of U.S. citizens who adopt from China.
  • Adopting from Brazil 08/14/2007 For more information about adopting from Brazil, please review the country-specific information for Brazil offered by the U.S. Department of State.
  • Ukraine: Delays of Ukrainian Passports 08/01/2007 The U.S. Department of State recently posted a notice regarding the possible delays of issuance of new Ukrainian passports.
  • Ethiopia: Hepatitis A in Adoptees August 1, 2007 The CDC recently posted a notice regarding a Hepatitis A risk associated with Ethiopian adoptees, in response to several reported cases in children and adults linked to adoptees from Ethiopia.
  • Russia: Transit Visas 07/09/2007 The following message regarding transit visas was posted by the Immigrant Visa Unit of the U.S. embassy in Moscow. “Dear representatives of adoption agencies: The U.S. embassy respectfully requests that adoption facilitators and agencies alert their clients to the potential need for European transit visas when returning to the United States accompanied by children adopted from Russia. ...
  • Russia: Adoption Services May Be Resumed 07/06/2007 Joint Council was recently informed that the Russian Ministry of Education has begun issuing accreditations for agencies to resume adoption services in the country. We are working to confirm the Member organizations that have received their official documentation and will update our list of accredited agencies accordingly.
  • Russia: Change in Procedure to Obtain Visas 05/18/2007 The following notice was sent to Joint Council by the Consular Section in Moscow. The notice details an upcoming change in procedure to obtain visas for adopted children: “The U.S. embassy in Moscow wishes to alert you to an upcoming change in the procedure to obtain visas for adopted children. As of Monday, June 18, 2007, ...
  • Georgia: A Country Update May 14, 2007 In August 2006, the Georgia Ministry of Education informed the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia that a very limited number of Georgian children are eligible for intercountry adoption. Information about available children may be obtained by contacting Ms. Tamar Golubiani, head of the Child Care Department at the Ministry of ...
  • Russia: Update on Adoption Agency Accreditation Delays 04/30/2007 The following announcement was made by the U.S. Department of State on Friday, April 27th: Update on Adoption Agency Accreditation Delays – No U.S.-based adoption service providers (adoption agencies) are currently accredited with the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. The Ministry of Education is currently reviewing adoption agencies’ accreditation applications and has not announced ...
  • Ukraine:Resumed Acceptance of New Adoption Applications 04/16/2007 On April 16, 2007 the State Department for Adoptions and Protection of the Rights of the Child resumed acceptance of new adoption applications from U.S. citizens. All the rules and requirements have remained in place.
  • Ukraine: SDAPRC Resignations 04/6/2007 On March 20, 2007, the SDAPRC Director Ludmyla Volynets, her First Deputy Ludmyla Balym, Deputy Director Inna Savchuk, and Head of the Intercountry Adoption Unit Olena Remen resigned. Due to their resignation, SDAPRC is not accepting any new dossiers from foreign citizens. Dossiers that have already been submitted are being processed. This temporary suspension will ...
  • Ukraine: Clarification on Bill #2562 3/26/07 Joint Council would like to provide some additional information on the bill # 2562 On Legislative Amendments to Ukraine’s Laws (regarding adoptions), based on clarification we have received from the State Department for Adoption and Protection of the Rights of the Child. The age requirements apply to both parents in the family (if at least one ...
  • Ukraine: Parliament Passes Bill #2562 3/23/07 As Joint Council shared with the membership in November 2006, Ukraine would be introducing a bill that would implement changes to current Ukrainian adoption legislation. On Tuesday, March 20, 2007, the Parliament of Ukraine passed bill #2562 On Legislative Amendments to Ukraine’s Laws (regarding adoptions). The bill will come into effect after President Yuschenko’s approval ...
  • Ukraine: Decree #313 3/8/07 On February 25, 2007 the Decree #313, issued by Minister for Family, Youth and Sports Victor Korzh, became effective. This Decree approves the Regulations on Acceptance of Adoption Documents from Foreign Citizens, an official document that describes current intercountry adoption procedures and requirements of the central adoption authority of Ukraine – the State Department for ...
  • China: New Requirements for Intercountry Adoptions 03/08/2007 On December 21, 2006, the China Center for Adoption Affairs (CCAA) officially notified the U.S. Embassy in Beijing of new rules for intercountry adoption from China. The new requirements for intercountry adoption from China will take effect on May 1, 2007.
  • Vietnam: Joint Council Meeting With Department of State 1/29/2007 Joint Council staff and Board of Directors met with the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services last Monday in conjunction with our quarterly Board meeting. The following update was supplied to us by DOS: Deputy Assistant Secretary for Overseas Citizens Services, Catherine Barry, discussed the Vietnam situation during her November testimony before ...
  • Russia: U.S. Adoption Agencies Successfully Registering as NGOs 01/29/2007 Joint Council staff and Board of Directors met with the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services last Monday in conjunction with our quarterly Board meeting. The following update was supplied to us by DOS: The U.S. embassy Moscow has reported that as of January 19th, 56 U.S. adoption agencies have successfully registered ...
  • Ukraine: Department of State Update, SDAPRC Accepting New Adoption Dossiers 1/29/07 Joint Council staff and Board of Directors met with the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services last Monday in conjunction with our quarterly Board meeting. The following update was supplied to us by DOS: As the caucus is aware, the Ukrainian State Department for Adoptions and Protection of the Rights of Children ...
  • Kazakhstan: Positive News Regarding Intercountry Adoptions January 25, 2007 Joint Council staff and Board of Directors met with the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Monday in conjunction with our quarterly Board meeting. The following update was supplied to us by DOS: DOS received positive news from Kazakhstan the week of January 15th, with an apparent decision by ...
  • Cambodia: Attempts to Move Forward 01/2007 Joint Council staff and Board of Directors met with the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Monday in conjunction with our quarterly Board meeting. The following update was supplied to us by DOS: During its November 27-30 session, the Cambodian National Assembly approved Cambodia’s joining the Hague Adoption Convention. The Convention ...
  • Ukraine: Decree #4939 1/16/2007 The U.S. Department of State has issued the following public notice regarding adoption quotas in Ukraine: On December 18, 2007, the Ministry for Family, Youth and Sports issued Decree # 4939 approving the number of new adoption dossiers from foreign citizens that can be accepted by the Ukrainian State Department for Adoption and Protection of the ...
  • Georgia: Hague Convention January 2, 2007 The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Convention) has the force of law in the United States and the Republic of Georgia. This has been confirmed by the Depository of the Hague Convention. A domestic law in Georgia permitted lawyers to arrange private adoptions, however ...
  • Nepal: Update from Department of State 1/2007 Joint Council staff and Board of Directors met with the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Monday in conjunction with our quarterly Board meeting. The following update was supplied to us by DOS: The U.S. Government continues to have concerns about the adoption process in Nepal. Due to both the security ...
  • Guatemala: 2006 December 18, 2006 The U.S. Department of State has issued an update regarding the Hague Convention and Guatemala. Click here to view a copy of the report. December 15, 2006 Tom DiFilipo, President & CEO, has issued an update on Joint Council activities related to Guatemala from November 3 through December 13, 2006. The update includes information on ...
  • Ukraine: Public Notice on Voluntary Registration of Foreign Organizations 11/6/06 Public Notice on Voluntary Registration of Foreign Organizations in Ukraine On October 16, 2006 the Ukrainian State Department for Adoption and Protection of Rights of the Child (SDAPRC) approved Official Resolution #48 introducing voluntary registration for foreign organizations that have local personnel representing prospective adoptive parents in Ukraine. All foreign organizations wishing to register with the ...
  • Haiti: New Director of IBESR November 6, 2006 The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince has reported that Gabrielle Beaudin was appointed the director of the Haitian social services agency, “Institut du Bien Entre Social et de Recherches” (IBESR) on Tuesday, October 3. Prospective adoptive parents should expect adoption processing to be temporarily slower as the director settles into the position. The ...
  • Vietnam: Government Adoption Reform 09/29/2006 The Vietnamese government does appear to be working on long-term reform to the adoption process, including eventual accession to the Hague Convention, but the near-term fixes to the immediate problems are more difficult. Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Maura Harty and Childen’s Issues office director Ellen Conway were in Vietnam on September 13-14, stressed the ...
  • Russia: Re-Accreditation 09/26/2006 As of September 15th, ten U.S. adoptive service providers have successfully completed the NGO registration process. DOS understands that the October 18th deadline, previously announced by the Ministry of Justice, still stands. Re-accreditation by the Ministry of Education is a separate process that must follow successful registration as an NGO, and thus many agencies may ...
  • Ukraine: Transition to SDAPRC 9/26/06 The transition to the new State Department for Adoptions and the Protection of Children (SDAPRC) is continuing. This month, SDAPRC has interviews scheduled for 25 American families whose cases originated under the former National Adoption Center (NAC); another group of families will be interviewed in October. The Ministry of Family, Youth & Sport (of which ...
  • China: CCAA Criteria 09/26/2006 The Office of Children’s Issues continues to hear rumors and anecdotes from the U.S. adoption community and among prospective adoptive parents looking to adopt Chinese children that the CCAA intends to impose stricter criteria on prospective families. The U.S. Embassy in Beijing and Consulate General in Guangzhou, both of which have regular contact with CCAA, ...
  • Cambodia: Adoption Reform Not Yet Finalized 09/2006 Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Maura Harty, together with Children’s Issues office director, Ellen Conway, traveled to Cambodia the week of September 11th and met with officials at the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) has not yet finalized any adoption reform legislation, although the Hague Convention ...
  • China: Rumors Regarding the China Center of Adoption Affairs 09/14/2006 Joint Council has received numerous calls and e-mails regarding rumors concerning possible policy changes from the China Center of Adoption Affairs ( CCAA). Joint Council maintains its policy of publishing information that has been confirmed and will not speculate on these rumors. CCAA has indicated that it will use official channels to notify agencies should there ...
  • Vietnam: Ministry of Justice to Stop Receiving Applications for ASPs 08/25/2006 The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi announced as of August 15, 2006, the Ministry of Justice of the Social Republic of Vietnam will temporarily stop receiving applications for establishment of office from American Adoption Service Providers.
  • Romania: Senate Passed S.Res.359 07/27/2006 On the occasion of Romanian President Traian Basescu’s visit to the United States, the U.S. Senate passed S.Res.359 by unanimous consent. S.Res.359, introduced by Senator Mary Landrieu, is a resolution concerning the Government of Romania’s ban on intercountry adoptions and the welfare of orphaned and abandoned children in Romania. S.Res.359 is the companion measure to Representative ...
  • India: Update on Intercountry Adoption Process July 2006 Embassy New Delhi states that CARA’s policies and procedures have not changed. In May, CARA did issue a revised “Guideline for Adoption from India in 2006″ that raised fees, but otherwise is substantively unchanged from the previous. The updated guidelines and other information are available on CARA’s website (www.cara.nic.in) and will soon be ...
  • Cambodia: Revised Legislation Delayed 07/2006 Embassy Phnom Penh turned over to the Cambodian government (“RGC”) last Fall the results of the Holt survey. UNICEF has similarly provided to the RGC the results of its own survey on the provision of services to orphans. UNICEF has received RGC concurrence to do training on the management of both databases, so that the ...
  • Bulgaria: Intercountry Adoption Still an Option 07/18/2006 Despite persistent rumors to the contrary, there is no moratorium on Bulgarian intercountry adoptions. Last year, the U.S. Embassy in Sofia issued 29 IR-3 and IR-4 visas to Bulgarian orphans adopted by American families, and is currently averaging 1-2 visas per month. The Bulgarian Parliament passed a new adoption law in July 2003 in order ...
  • Russia: NGO Law 07/06/2006 In May, the Government of Russia passed an NGO law which affects the accreditation of U.S. based adoption service providers. As of today, July 6th, embassy Moscow has not been able to gain clarification on the new requirements for how to register with the Ministry of the Interior. We will continue to post updates as ...
  • China: Matching Time Increasing… 07/06/2006 The China Center for Adoption Affairs (CCAA) has, over the past several months, been taking significantly longer to match prospective adoptive parents and children than at this time a year ago. From the Spring 2006, it has been indicated that the average time has increased to approximately 10-11 months, up from six months in Spring ...
  • Ukraine: Announcement of New Adoption Authority SDAPRC 7/3/06 On July 3, 2006 the Minister for Family, Youth and Sports, Yuriy Pavlenko, held a press conference to announce the official opening of the new adoption authority, to be known as the State Department for Adoption and Protection of Rights of the Child (SDAPRC), and to outline his ministry’s policies related to the protection of ...
  • China: Adoption Procedures Resumed 06/23/2006 Following the World Health Organizations’ lifting the travel warning to Beijing, China, the China Center of Adoption Affairs (CCAA) has resumed adoption procedures. CCAA had temporarily suspended adoption formalities on May 15, 2003 due to the SARS epidemic. Today, June 24, they announced that they would resume sending referrals and travel notices to families and apologize ...
  • Ukraine: Notice of SDAPRC from the US Embassy in Kiev 6/14/06 The US Embassy in Kiev has received a diplomatic note dated June 6, 2006 from the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine noting the new adoption authority, the State Department for Adoption and Protection of Rights of the Child will open in July 2006.
  • Russia: Lapsing of US Agency Acceditations 05/24/2006 At this time, the accreditations of a number of US agencies working in Russia have lapsed. Russia has not yet issued reaccreditations for these agencies, and Joint Council is not aware of the time-frame in which this will happen. If you are just beginning the adoption process, it is recommended that you seek out an ...
  • Ukraine: Department of State Estimates Transition to New Ukrainian Adoption Authority 5/17/06 The US Department of State estimates that the transition to the new Ukrainian adoption authority will be complete by mid to late June 2006. At this time, no appointments for US families in the process of adopting have been set up with the new office in Ukraine. Please note that Ukrainian adoptions are not closed for ...
  • Russia: Foreign Adoption Service Providers Are Subject to New NGO Law 05/05/2006 Joint Council has learned the following from the U.S. Department of State. The Russian Ministry of Education has confirmed that foreign adoption service providers are subject to the new NGO law. (Previously it was thought that adoption agencies would be expt but now we have learned that is not the case). This means the following: Agencies ...
  • Russia: Timely Reaccreditation 05/03/2006 Joint Council wrote a letter to the Ministry of Education in Russia requesting the timely reaccreditation of adoption agencies up for renewal on May 17, 2006. Click here for a copy of the letter.
  • Ukraine: Resolution #367 4/3/06 The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved Resolution #367 which officially recognizes the new adoption authority under the Ministry of Family, Youth, and Sports. The new Ukrainian adoption authority will be called the State Department for Adoption and Protection of Children’s Rights. The original posting of this information and the text of the official resolution ...
  • China: Our Letter to the Editor 03/15/2006 Joint Council writes a Letter to the Editor of the Washington Post in response to Sunday’s news article “Stealing Babies for Adoption” about the child trafficking ring in China.
  • Bulgaria: Availability of Children for Adoption 02/07/2006 Statement on Adoptions from the US Embassy in Bulgaria: (More information is available at http://sofia.usembassy.gov/adoption3.html) Availability of Children for Adoption Recent statistics reflect the following pattern for visa issuance to Bulgarian orphans adopted by American citizens: 2001 295 2002 257 2003 198 2004 110 2005 29 The statistics for fiscal year 2005 show that the Embassy in Sofia issued 29 adoption visas. This number ...
  • Russia: Reaccreditation Certificates and Joint Council Members 02/06/2006 The Russian Ministry of Education has issued reaccreditation certificates to four agencies in the US. Two of these agencies are Joint Council member agencies. The Ministry has also informed the US embassy in Moscow that there are a number of additional agencies under consideration to be reaccredited in the Spring of 2006.
  • Ukraine: Intercountry Adoptions Suspended 2/3/06 Ukraine suspends inter-country adoptions until U.S. families comply with post-placement reporting requirements. Click here to read the joint press release between Joint Council and NCFA.
  • Kazakhstan: International Relations Initiative February 3, 2006 On January 19th Joint Council met with the two representatives from Kazakhstan, Ms. Zaida Nurabayeva, Chief of the Department of Organizational Work, Office of Civil Event Records (ZAGS) and Mr. Toktarbay Yerzhanov, Chief of Department, Prosecutor General’s Office. During the meeting the representatives expressed that lack of post-placement report compliance from families is ...
  • Ukraine: Legislation Grants Interim Authoriy to Process Adoptions 2/1/06 President Yushchenko has signed the legislation granting interim authority to the Ukrainian NAC to process adoptions until May 1.
  • Ukraine: Instructions for Submitting Post Placement Reports 1/30/06 Instructions for Submitting Post Placement Reports According to the Consular Section of the Ukrainian Embassy, post-placement reports “should be submitted once a year for the first three years after adoption, and then once every three years until the child reaches the age of 18. The Consular Office of the Embassy of Ukraine will be grateful for ...
  • Ukraine: US Adoptive Families Must Submit Missing Post Placement Reports 1/27/06 Important Message on Post Placement Reports Currently the Ukrainian government is citing that they are missing post placement reports for approximately 900 children who were adopted to the United States between 1996 and 2004. Ukrainian adoption officials have indicated that unless families submit their missing reports, it is possible that Ukraine will not continue to allow ...
  • Vietnam: Licensing of 9 ASPs 1/18/2006 The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi has released the following information. The Department of International Adoptions in Vietnam has licensed a total of 9 US adoption agencies (7 of whom are Joint Council members).  Additional applications are pending, although we do not know how many or the timeframe for licensing.
  • Guatemala: 2008 December 23, 2008 The U.S. Department of State has released the following update on Casa Quivira and Semillas de Amor cases: Casa Quivira According to our records, fourteen of the original 46 children who were living at Casa Quivira when it was first investigated by police have adoption cases still pending. For each of these fourteen, the PGN ...
  • Kazakhstan: Update on Post-Placement Reports December 16, 2005 In response to the hold on adoptions as announced by the Mayor of Almaty, Joint Council has sent a letter offering assistance in the collection of post placement reports and encouraging the government to proceed with intercountry adoptions.
  • Romania: Chris Smith (NJ) Remarks 12/15/2005 Representative Chris Smith (NJ) placed remarks in the Congressional Record regarding Romania’s ban on intercountry adoption.
  • Romania: Romania Denies Adoption Requests 12/7/2005 Romania denies adoption requests. The Bucharest Daily News is reporting that Romania’s Office for Adoptions (ORA) has announced that they will deny all remaining “pipeline” cases. Click here to read the article.
  • Romania: Department of State Public Conference 11/29/2005 The US Department of State held a public conference call for waiting families to speak with the newly appointed US Ambassador to Romania, Nicholas Taubman. Ambassador Taubman answered questions from families regarding those who had been contacted the previous week regarding the status of their case and those whose cases are still pending. The Ambassador ...
  • China: CCAA Addresses Matching Process 11/29/2005 The China Center for Adoption Affairs (CCAA) posted the following on their website (http://www.china-ccaa.org): Regards to the length of time period during matching process Recently, there are many speculations on the waiting time period for adoption process for inter-country adoption coming to China to adopt children. The following will help clarify such concerns: CCAA highly emphasizes on efficiency, effectiveness ...
  • Ukraine: State Department Confirmations on New Legislation 11/23/05 The State Department has just confirmed information regarding adoptions from Ukraine. First, the legislation that will officially move adoption processing to the Ministry of Family, Youth and Sports has passed through the Ukrainian Congress. It is now awaiting presidential signature to go into effect. There is no time frame for when the transition will be ...
  • Kazakhstan: Post-Placement Reports November 23, 2005 Regarding concerns over delays from Almaty city, the State Department has confirmed that the Mayor of Almaty has announced that he will not accept new dossiers until all outstanding post placement reports for that region have been filed. At this time, this will only impact families whose dossiers would be processed in ...
  • Romania: Information on 101 “Pipeline” Cases 11/18/2005 The Romanian office of adoptions has given the State Department information on 101 of the “pipeline” cases. These 101 families were contacted by the State Department on November 17th and 18th: 94 of these cases will be closed (dossiers will be sent back to prospective parents in the US); Romania reports that these children have been ...
  • China: Travel Alert November 13, 2005 The United States Consulate General Guangzhou posted the following: Terrorist Threat for Americans in Guangzhou The United States Government has received credible information that a terrorist threat may exist against official U.S. Government facilities in Guangzhou. This threat also may exist for places where Americans are known to congregate or visit, including clubs, restaurants, places of ...
  • Guatemala: 2005 November 8, 2005 IMPORTANT MESSAGE from US Citizenship and Immigration Services Joint Council is aware that families adopting from Guatemala have recently experienced increased delays while waiting to receive their pre-approval from Citizenship and Immigration Services. Today we spoke at length with CIS regarding these concerns. At this time CIS has confirmed that families will need to anticipate ...
  • Kazakhstan: Updates to Dossier November 4, 2005 This morning the Consular section of the Embassy updated its website with new information for adoption of children from Kazakhstan. This included two comprehensive documents, a list of requirements for submitting a dossier and a cover letter.
  • Ukraine: Delays for Intercountry Adoptions 11/1/05 The Government of Ukraine stated that it will not allow cases to be processed that were received after September 19, when announcements were first made regarding delays for intercountry adoptions. They again emphasized the importance of receiving post-placement reports from families before adoptions can continue. Ukraine has indicated that they will not be re-opening for ...
  • China: Joint Proposal for Promoting Healthy Development of Children 10/20/2005 Joint Council sent a letter to the China Center of Adoption Affairs (CCAA) in support of the Joint Proposal for Promoting Healthy Development of Children in China’s Welfare Institutions. The Joint Proposal states that through mutual effort all parties involved “will work to help orphans and handicapped children living in a child welfare institutions by ...
  • Romania: Letter to US Committee on Foreign Relations 10/19/2005 Joint Council sent a letter to the US Committee on Foreign Relations requesting that during the confirmation hearing of nominee Nicholas Taubman for Ambassador to Romania, Mr. Taubman’s opinion and support of intercountry adoption be explored. Joint Council expressed concern about the European Union’s inexplicable stance that Romania must prohibit intercountry adoption in order to ...
  • Kazakhstan: No New Dossiers October 14, 2005 – KAZAKHSTAN WILL ACCEPT NO NEW DOSSIERS UNTIL NOVEMBER The Embassy of Kazakhstan has confirmed that they will accept no new paperwork from agencies or families until early to mid-November as they revise adoption policies within Kazakhstan. A letter will be sent out to agencies with programs in Kazakhstan in November outlining any possible ...
  • Ukraine: Adoption Suspension on New Dossiers 9/21/05 Ukraine – Adoption Suspension on New Dossiers (09/21/05) On September 21, 2005 the Government of Ukraine informed the U.S. Embassy in Kiev that the National Adoption Center (NAC) of Ukraine was suspending the acceptance of new adoption dossiers from U.S. citizens and citizens of several other countries. According to the NAC, the decision to stop accepting ...
  • China: China joins the Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention 09/16/2005 China joins the Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention The People’s Republic of China deposited its instrument of ratification of the Hague Convention with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. China will enter into force and become a “Hague Country” on January 1, 2006. China is the 67th State to join this global Convention. I’m an agency – what ...
  • Romania: Summary of Helsinki Comission Hearing 09/15/2005 Summary of Helsinki Commission Hearing On Wednesday, September 14th, the Helsinki Commission held a hearing on Romania’s ban on intercountry adoption. Rep. Chris Smith (NJ) presided over the hearing as chairman. Representatives Benjamin Cardin (MD), Joseph Pitts (PA) and Senator Richard Burr (NC), all members of the Commission, were in attendance. Rep. Anne Northup (KY) was ...
  • Russia: You Are Invited! 09/15/2005 Joint Council is hosting a Reception for a visiting Russian Delegation on Thursday, Septber 15, 2005 and would like to invite families in the DC/ MD/ VA area. The event is a wonderful opportunity for the Delegation to witness first-hand how Russian adopted children are thriving in their families. Families, agencies and child welfare advocates ...
  • Romania: Helsinki Commision to Examine Romania’s Adoption Policy 09/14/2005 HELSINKI COMMISSION TO EXAMINE IMPACT OF ROMANIA’S ADOPTIONS POLICY (Washington) – Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), Chairman of the United States Helsinki Commission, announced that the Commission will hold a hearing on the impact of Romania’s newly implemented ban on inter-country adoptions: IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILDREN? ROMANIA’S BAN ON INTER-COUNTRY ADOPTION 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, September ...
  • Russia: Press Release 09/2005 Joint Council releases a press release after convening a coalition meeting to discuss guidelines and response to Russian tragedies. In response to the recent alleged incidents of abuse involving Russian adopted children, Joint Council on International Children’s Services (Joint Council) convened a meeting on August 24th in Washington DC to discuss the matter with other experts ...
  • Russia: Documentation Requirements For Families 08/29/2005 The US emembassy in Moscow has released the following statement regarding documentation requirements for families traveling to Russia. More information on this and details on all documentary requirements can be found on the US emembassy in Moscow’s Adoption Visa Information Page: Please be advised that persons adopting orphans should take copies of their past three years’ ...
  • Russia: Legislation Limiting Options 08/08/2005 Joint Council cautions against rash legislation limiting the options for Russian orphans but encourages strengthening and improving the intercountry adoption system. Joint Council on International Children’s Services (Joint Council) is saddened by the recent reports of the January 2005 death of Dennis Merryman, an adoptive Russian child residing in Baltimore, Maryland. However, we strongly caution the ...
  • Ukraine: Joint Council Meeting with Consul-General MaryKay Carlson and Representatives of the US State Department 7/28/05 Joint Council met with Consul-General MaryKay Carlson from the US Embassy in Kiev and representatives of the US Department of State to discuss upcoming changes in the Ukraine system. Presently adoption cases are being processed and new dossiers are being accepted. However, it will be necessary for the Ukrainian government to call a suspension on ...
  • Ukraine: Joint Council Letter to President Yushchenko 7/20/05 The Department of State recently issued the following notice. JCICS sent a letter to President Yushchenko last week. Click here to read the letter. Ukraine – Government Announces Priority on Children’s Issues On July 11, 2005, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko signed a decree ordering all executive bodies of the Government of Ukraine to place the highest priority ...
  • Ukraine: Expected Resolution to Dissolve the National Adoption Center 7/15/05 Ukraine’s Ministry of Family, Youth and Sports has announced that the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers is expected to issue a resolution in the near future that will dissolve the present National Adoption Center under the Ministry of Education, and establish a new center for adoptions and children’s services in the Ministry of Family, Youth and ...
  • Russia: Response to Russian Adopted Child’s Death 07/08/2005 Joint Council releases the following response to today’s news report that a Russian adopted child died as result of physical abuse by her adoptive mother. The mother is currently being held without bond and if convicted, she could face up to 40 years in prison.
  • Romania: Letter Sent to President Basescu 06/29/2005 The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) sent a letter to President Basescu regarding the processing of the pipeline cases. The letter was signed by 44 members of Congress, one of the highest signature counts on record at CCAI.
  • Vietnam: Agreement Between US and Vietnam Signed 6/21/2005 Today the agreement between the United States and Vietnam concerning intercountry adoptions was signed. The momentous event took place at the Department of State in the Delegates Lounge and was well attended by government officials, NGOs and families. Minister Uong signed for Vietnam and Maura Harty signed for the United States. After brief remarks by Assistant ...
  • Russia: What To Do If Your Agency Is Not Reaccredited 06/14/2005 The Russian Ministry of Education has accredited a number of U.S. agencies in mid-May. Since that time, more agencies have been accredited. Q; What if my agency is not listed? If your agency has not received re-accreditation they may receive it soon. During the government restructuring last summer, many agency’s accreditation lapsed since the Russian government was ...
  • Russia: Reaccreditation Process Notice 05/24/2005 The US Department of State just released the following notice on the reaccreditation process in Russia: RUSSIA IMPORTANT NOTICE ON ADOPTIONS May 24, 2005 This notice replaces the notice of March 22, 2005. The U.S. embassy in Moscow informed the Department that on May 17, the Ministry of Education reaccredited 23 U.S. adoption agencies and is actively reviewing ...
  • Cambodia: Status of Institutionalized Children 05/2005 It is our understanding that in the near future there may be research conducted on the status of institutionalized children in Cambodia. Joint Council will update this website with new information on the project as it becomes available. U.S. Department of Justice United States Attorney Western District of Washington 700 Stewart Street, Suite 5220Tel: (206) 553-7970 Seattle, Washington 98101-1271Fax: (206) ...
  • Russia: Joint Council Agencies Beginning to Receieve Certificates of Accreditation 05/18/2005 Joint Council agencies have begun receiving certificates of accreditation from the Russian Ministry of Education. These agencies have been granted permission by the Russian government to resume their work “in accordance with the laws of the Russian Federation”. Agencies that have been posted on the US embassy in Moscow’s website as accredited are listed at ...
  • Russia: Joint Council and President Putin 05/17/2005 Joint Council sent a letter to President Putin in response to recent press reports regarding Russian-born children who have been adopted in the US. Click here to read this letter.
  • Russia: No Agencies Currently Accredited 05/13/2005 It is our understanding that no agencies are accredited at this time. This has been confirmed by the Department of State in Washington, DC and the US emembassy in Moscow. Joint Council has written a letter in response to the press reports regarding cases of neglect in children adopted from Russia and residing in the ...
  • China: Joint Council Responds to China’s Tomorrow Plan 04/29/2005 Joint Council sent a letter to the China Center of Adoption Affairs (CCAA) in support of China’s Tomorrow Plan. Click here to read this letter. On June 3, 2004, The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced that, effective immediately, it has lifted the temporary suspension of adoptions from the Zhuzhou Child Welfare Institute in Hunan Province ...
  • Vietnam: Information Regarding A Child’s Right Campaign 04/25/2005 Joint Council sent a letter to Maura Harty regarding the continued negotiations between the US and Vietnam. A Child’s Right Campaign for Vietnam was launched on May 9th, 2008. To the thousands of families who called and e-mailed their representatives – thank you! The letter to Secretary Rice in support of Joint Council’s recommendations for a ...
  • Romania: Request from NGOs 04/2005 The Romanian National Authority for the Protection of Children’s Rights has requested input from Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) on their child welfare framework. Below is a copy of the request. Request for ngos in view of evaluation of regulatory child welfare framework In line with the Government Program providing for the commission of ca. 45% of current social ...
  • Russia: State Department Notice 03/22/2005 The following message was released today by the State Department: Russia Important Notice on Adoptions March 22, 2005 This notice replaces the notice of February 16, 2005. On March 11, 2005, the Russian Ministry of Education informed officials at the U.S. embassy in Moscow that principal authority for international adoptions had been returned to the Ministry of Education. This ...
  • Haiti: Dept of State Travel Warning March 11, 2005 The U.S. Department of State has issued the following travel warning for Haiti. This Travel Warning is being issued to warn U.S. citizens of the dangers of travel to Haiti due to the volatile security situation, even though the authorized departure for non-emergency personnel and family members of U.S. Embassy personnel has been ...
  • Romania: Meeing with Ambassador Ducaru 03/10/2005 Joint Council attended a meeting at Romanian Ambassador Ducaru’s residence with President Basescu. The meeting consisted of about 20 – 30 people, mostly adoptive parents and waiting parents, two representatives from the Department of State, one other NGO and Joint Council. We were very honored to have been invited to the meeting and the President ...
  • Russia: Advocacy Letters 02/11/2005 As part of our advocacy efforts, Joint Council sent letters to President Putin and President Bush outlining our concerns regarding the delayed accreditation process and data bank letters, and addressing the concerns about international adoption within the Duma. We requested that timely measures be made to efficiently process adoption cases. These letters were sent in ...
  • Russia: Our Meeting With the Department of State 01/31/2005 Joint Council met with the Department of State last week. The new adoption law has gone into effect requiring that orphaned children must be on the federal data bank for 6 months before being eligible for international adoption. The embassy has also confirmed that release letters are starting to be processed and sent to families. Prospective ...
  • Romania: Jack Crouch names Assistant to President and Deputy 1/31/2005 The White House issued the following press release announcing that Dr. Jack D. Crouch (current Ambassador to Romania) has been named Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor. THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release January 31, 2005 President George W. Bush today announced that he has named Dr. Jack D. Crouch II ...
  • Kazakhstan: Changes in Adoption Processing January 28, 2005 The U.S. Embassy in Almaty reports that the Kazakh Government has transferred responsibility for passport issuance to the Ministry of Justice, which does not yet have adequate staff to process passports for orphans in an expeditious manner. As a result, it is taking at least 30 days to obtain a Kazakh passport for ...
  • Russia: US Embassy Update January 21, 2005 The U.S. embassy in Moscow has released the following update: Data Bank Release Letters Update (as of January 20, 2005) According to Ministry of Education sources, in adoption cases in which the American prospective adoptive parents have made their first trip to Russia prior to January 10, 2005 and have officially identified the child or ...
  • Ukraine: New Law transferring authority over adoptions to the Ministry of Family, Youth and Sports 1/9/05 The following is an announcement from the US Embassy in Ukraine: On December 20, 2005, President Yushchenko signed the law transferring authority over adoptions from the Ministry of Education to the Ministry of Family, Youth and Sports. This law came into effect on December 22, 2005, upon its publication in Parliament”s official newspaper “Holos Ukrainy”. According to ...
  • Russia: Putin May Have Signed Legislation to Lengthen Child Listing Time 12/30/2004 Joint Council is hearing reports that President Putin signed the legislation yesterday lengthening the time a child is listed on the databank registry. We are awaiting confirmation of this report from the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. embassy in Moscow. It was not expected that President Putin would sign the law until January, ...
  • Russia: Draft For New Amendments Approved 12/17/2004 On December 15, 2004 the State Duma of the Russian Federation approved the draft for new amendments to the Family Code of the Russian Federation regarding adoption. These changes would allow a greater opportunity for Russian citizens to adopt. The most significant impact on international adoptions is the length that a child is on the ...
  • Romania: Joint Council Meets with U.S. Department of State 12/17/2004 On Friday, December 17, 2004 Joint Council met with representatives from the U.S. Department of State including Heather Conley, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, William Silkworth, Romania Desk Officer for North Central European Affairs and Scott Boswell, Adoption Unit Chief in the Office of Children’s Issues. The meeting focused on ...
  • Russia: Update on Restructuring & Data Bank Suspension 12/16/2004 In discussions with the U.S. Department of State (DOS) today, they reiterated that the Russian government is undergoing reorganization and that they believe the current temporary data bank release suspension is related to this situation. The Russian government hopes to have the reorganization completed by mid-January as explained in our notice below about the accreditation ...
  • Russia: Data Bank Temporary Suspension Confirmed 12/10/2004 Below please find a notice from the embassy in Moscow. It addresses the current suspension of data base releases. We have heard from several of agencies and families experiencing this problem and understand the hardship placed on families to continue to wait, especially around this time of year. Joint Council will continue to maintain contact ...
  • Russia: Accreditation of Agencies in Russia 12/07/2004 According to the U.S. Department of State, the Ministry of Education recently ordered the creation of an accreditation commission by the end of December. The accreditation commission will include representatives from the Ministries of Education, Justice, Internal Affairs and Health and Social Development. Since the Ministries of Justice and Internal Affairs are undergoing their own ...
  • Russia: Fear of Shut Down 12/02/2004 Many families have contacted Joint Council regarding the adoption process in Russia fearing that a shut down is forthcoming. This fear has been generated by frequent foreign press reports citing Russia’s desire for a bi-lateral agreement with the United States. While the idea of a bi-lateral agreement has been raised by Yekaterina Lyakhova, the Chairwoman ...
  • Ukraine: Public Announcement Regarding Disputed Presidential Elections 11/24/04 This Public Announcement is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to the potential for civil unrest and disturbances, with resultant traffic disruptions in Ukraine, following Ukraine’s November 21, 2004, disputed presidential elections. This Public Announcement expires on December 7, 2004. The American Embassy in Kiev has urged American citizens resident in Ukraine to remain alert to ...
  • Cambodia: Update on Hawaii Resident Involved in Cambodian Adoption Conspiracy 11/19/2004 HAWAII RESIDENT SENTENCED TO 18 MONTHS IN PRISON IN CAMBODIAN ADOPTION CONSPIRACY LAURYN GALINDO, age 53, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, 3 years of supervised release, 300 hours of community service, and more than $60,000 dollars in restitution by U.S. District Court Judge Thomas S. Zilly for Conspiracy to Commit Visa Fraud and Conspiracy ...
  • Russia: Russian Federal Databank NOT Closed 11/04/2004 For the past two days Joint Council has been hearing reports from families and agencies that the Russian federal databank was closed and no longer issuing letters. We are not sure where this information was obtained but it is false. It was confirmed today by the United States Department of State and embassy in Moscow that ...
  • Haiti: Update on Travel Warnings October 13, 2004 The U.S. Department of State has issued a travel warning for Haiti due to the unpredictable and dangerous security situation. U.S. citizens are encouraged to avoid non-emergency travel until the security situation stabilizes.
  • Liberia: Changes to Liberian Adoption Requirements October 5, 2004 Changes to Liberian Adoption Requirements The Liberian Ministry of Health has informed the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia that effective October 15, 2004, adoptive families must obtain a letter from the Ministry of Health approving the adoption of a specific child. This is in addition to obtaining a Relinquishment (Ministry of Health) and Adoption ...
  • Romania: Edwardson and Murphy-Scheumann Meeting with Romanian Officials 09/24/2009 Antonia Edwardson, Executive Director and Deb Murphy-Scheumann, Joint Council Board President met with the following individuals in separate meetings regarding the status of pending cases in Romania: Tatiana Maxim, Congressional Liaison, Embassy of Romania Katie Joyce, Legislative Correspondent, Office of Senator Kerry Paul Foldi, Professional Staff Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Heather Conley, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European ...
  • Romania: Conference Call about Pending Cases 07/28/2004 Joint Council participated in conference call with the Department of State, White House representatives and another NGO about the situation in Romania and the plan for pending cases. Joint Council Advocacy – In the wake of the recent adoption law in Romania, Joint Council is continuing to advocate for a more reasonable child welfare law that ...
  • Bulgaria: New Adoption Law 07/06/2004 Joint Council recently sent a letter to the Bulgarian Minister of Justice asking for clarification on a number of issues. In July 2003, the Bulgarian Parliament passed a new adoption law. This law requires adoptive parents to deposit their applications directly at the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) using the services of an American adoption agency licensed ...
  • India: June 2004 June 2004 Joint Council recently sent a letter to the Joint Director, Mrs. S.K. Mishra, of the Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA) asking for clarification on a number of issues.  The majority of concerns surround adoption by Non-Resident Indians (NRI’s) since it is unclear how the governing adoption rules will address NRI’s going forward.
  • Cambodia: Hawaii Resident Pleads Guilty in Cambodian Adoption Conspiracy 06/23/2004 Assistant Attorney General Christopher A. Wray of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney John McKay of the Western District of Washington, U.S. Attorney Edward Kubo, Jr., of the District of Hawaii and Michael J. Garcia, Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, announced today that Lauryn Galindo, 53, has pleaded guilty to charges in ...
  • Romania: Draft Adoption Bill 06/21/2004 Romanian President Iliescu signed into law a draft adoption bill that limits international adoption to a child’s grandparents. The law was published in the Romanian Government Monitor on June 22, making the law official, according to the State Department’s On June 22, EU enlargement commissioner Guenter Verheugen congratulated Romania for a new law restricting the possibility ...
  • Romania: Chamber of Deputies Approves Adoptions Law 06/15/2004 The Romanian Chamber of Deputies voted to approve the proposed adoption law that essential ceases all international adoptions (the only exception is adoption by a child’s grandparents). The law is now awaiting President Iliescu’s signature. Although the law provides him with 20 days to sign the bill, it is expected that he will do so ...
  • Romania: Prime Minister Proposal Approved 6/10/2004 The U.S. Embassy in Romania has learned through the press that the Prime Minister’s proposal to ban, in essence, inter-country adoptions has been approved by the Juridical Committee of the Chamber of Deputies without meaningful change. This legislation has NOT yet been approved by the full Chamber. The U.S. Government feels that the Romanians do not ...
  • Haiti: US Dept of State Update June 7, 2004 From the US Department of State: IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING ADOPTIONS IN HAITI The Department of State is aware that many American parents are in the process of adopting children from Haiti and are naturally concerned about the current situation in that country. We want to remain in contact with adoptive families to advise them of ...
  • Romania: Adoption Law Approved by Romanian Senate 06/01/2004 The new adoption law was approved by the Romanian Senate on March 11th and is scheduled to be voted on by the House of Deputies after the elections in June. As currently written, the new adoption legislation would essentially stop all intercountry adoptions. Many groups, including Joint Council, have been advocating to the Romanians, the ...
  • Latvia: May 2004 Update May 2004 In recent years, adoptions from Latvia to the United States have significantly decreased in numbers. Much of this is due to the strict interpretation of its adoption law. Latvian Adoption Law requires that a parent-child relationship be established before the court decision is considered final. However, the interpretation of what ...
  • Ukraine: US Embassy to Begin Immigrant Visa Processing for Adopted Ukrainian Orphans 4/19/04 Beginning April 19, 2004, the U.S. Embassy in Kiev will start processing immigrant visas for orphans adopted by U.S. citizens in Ukraine (immediate relative visas – IR-3 and IR-4). Previously, upon completion of the Ukrainian adoption, all American families had to travel to the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, for issuance of the immigrant visa ...
  • China: Measles Press Release 04/16/2004 The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a press release about the recent measles outbreak in China. The CDC is recommending a temporary suspension of adoptions for children from the Zhuzhou Child Welfare Institute in the Hunan Province of China. They suggest that “prospective adoptive parents traveling internationally to adopt children and their household contacts should ...
  • Romania: Media Reports 04/09/2004 Recently there have been media reports that the Romanian “Chamber of Deputies decided that the adoption requests made by the foreign citizens or Romanian citizens resided abroad should be solved according to the regulations in force when inserting the requests”, thereby re-instating the Emergency Ordinance. However, the Romanian Embassy in Washington, DC has confirmed that ...
  • Romania: Meeting with Representatives from Delegtaion of EC 03/31/2004 Joint Council met with representatives from the Delegation of the European Commission to the United States to discuss the current situation in Romania. Joint Council requested that the Commission: Ensure that adoption legislation passed by the Romanian government adheres to the tenets and principles outlined in the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-Operation In ...
  • Cambodia: U.S. Department of State talks with Cambodian Government 03/2004 The U.S. Department of State met with the Cambodian government in Phnom Penh in early March. The meeting discussed what steps have been taken within Cambodia since the moratorium took effect and what other issues must be considered before adoptions can resume. They were able to gather quite a bit of useful information on the ...
  • Haiti: US Dept of State Letter to Prospective Adoptive Parents March 9, 2004 Notice from the U.S. Department of State, Office of Children’s Issues to Prospective Adoptive Parents Dear Parents: We are writing to inform you of the latest developments regarding adoptions in Haiti. Consular functions at the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince have resumed on a very limited basis. Our focus must be on American Citizen Services at this ...
  • Romania: Press Release Regarding Draft Laws 03/01/2004 Romania’s Ministry of Labor, Social Solidarity and Family has issued a press release dated 3/15/04 regarding the “draft laws approved by the Government on March 11, 2004″ which “set the proper legislative framework for implementing the strategy on child and family and for establishing local level services dedicated to the family and to preventing child ...
  • Haiti: Update on Travel Warning February 23, 2004 The U.S. Department of State has issued a travel warning for Haiti to inform American citizens that, due to continued political demonstrations and ongoing civil unrest, the Department of State has authorized the departure of family members and non-emergency employees of the U.S. Embassy on a voluntary basis. Private American citizens should evaluate ...
  • Romania: New Draft of Proposed Adoption Law 02/1/2004 There have been many new developments in Romania over the past few weeks. Romania released a new draft of their proposed adoption law. Joint Council has concerns with the proposed law and have outlined these issues in a letter sent to the Romanian government. In addition, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute sent a letter to ...
  • Haiti: Travel Warning January 30, 2004 The U.S. Department of State has issued a travel warning for Haiti to inform American citizens that, due to continued political demonstrations and ongoing civil unrest, the Department of State has authorized the departure of family members and non-emergency employees of the U.S. Embassy on a voluntary basis. Private American citizens should evaluate ...
  • Cambodia: Adoption Investigation 01/2004 Adoption Investigation A grand jury has indicted Lynn Devin, owner and operator of Seattle International Adoptions, and her sister Lauryn Galindo, adoption facilitator, on numerous counts of visa fraud. Ms. Devin pleaded guilty on December 3, 2003 to conspiracy to commit visa fraud alleging she falsified documents in order to obtain visas for children being adopted ...
  • Russia: Credit Card Payments Accepted 12/09/2003 The embassy of the United States in Moscow, Russia is pleased to announce that it will accept credit card payments for the collection of immigrant visa fees for adopted children: the I-600 petition fee and the Immigrant Visa issuance fee. The embassy will accept cards with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover logo. The actual ...
  • Haiti: Precious in His Sight Ceased Operations November 2003 Expert from the U.S. State Department: The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti has learned that one of the adoption agencies in Haiti, Precious in His Sight (PIHS), has ceased operations in Haiti. We are aware that adoptive parents who were clients of PIHS are concerned about the impact of this closure on their ability to complete ...
  • Georgia: Newly Signed Amendment to the Georgian Adoption Law October 27, 2003 The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia issued a press release titled “Newly Signed Amendment to the Georgian Adoption Law Will Significantly Delay International Direct Adoption”. The new amendment calls for international direct adoptions to be regulated by the “Law on the Rules of Adoption” as opposed to Civil Code. Full press release: Newly Signed ...
  • China: Joint Council’s Recent Events 10/03/2003 Joint Council recently had the privilege to host a luncheon for the visiting China Center on Adoption Affairs (CCAA) delegation in Washington DC and to co-host an Adoption Conference in Denver Colorado along with the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. Click here to read more about these recent events.
  • Ukraine: Poland to Require Visas for Ukrainian Citizens Traveling to Poland 10/1/03 Starting October 1, 2003, Poland will require visas for Ukrainian citizens traveling to Poland. This means that the U.S. adoptive parents will need to obtain Polish visas for their adopted Ukrainian children before traveling to Warsaw, Poland.
  • Liberia: Travel Warning September 30, 2003 The U.S. Department of State issued at travel warning for Liberia alerting U.S. citizens of ongoing safety and security concerns and advises them to defer non-essential travel.
  • Georgia: Possible Amendment to Georgian Adoption Law September 26, 2003 Except from the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi: Possible Amendment to the Georgian Adoption Law Could Significantly Slow Down International Adoption Tbilisi – On August 26, 2003, the Parliament of Georgia made changes to the Civil Code of Georgia, Article 1251, 1252 Chapter 6. These changes were adopted with the required three hearings. Based on the amendment ...
  • Haiti: Orphans First piolot program September 2003 Haiti is one of the countries participating in the voluntary Adjudicate Orphan First pilot program through the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS).
  • India: Ratification of the Hague August 2003 The government of India ratified the Hague Convention on International Adoption on June 6, 2003. It will come into effect October 1, 2003. The Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA), currently the governmental body responsible for monitoring and enforcing Indian adoption regulations, will be the central authority. While some changes are expected to occur ...
  • Liberia: A Country Update August 25, 2003 We have confirmed with the U.S. Department of State that the the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia has resumed investigations and visa processing as conditions permit. At this time, the U.S. Department of State is still recommending against travel to Liberia.
  • Liberia: Peacekeepers Move Into Port of Liberian Capitol 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 ...
  • Kazakhstan: Update from Joint Council Caucus August 2003 Update from the Joint Council Kazakhstan Caucus: Adoptions in Kazakhstan continue to be processed, with the recent slow down starting to abate. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is checking all dossiers with extreme care. The adoption dossier is now required to have the translations attached to each page, as opposed to the previous updates ...
  • China: For Prospective Adoptive Parents Affected by the SARS Crisis 08/07/2003 The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) announced an interim rule to assist prospective adoptive parents adopting from China who were affected by the SARS crisis. The BCIS Director now has the discretionary authority to extend the validity of the I-600A in cases where parents face processing delays as a direct result of the ...
  • China: SARS Crisis Has Passed 07/28/2003 The Adoption Unit in Guangzhou, China has announced that the SARS crisis in China has passed. The temporary policy that began in April 2003, which stated that only one parent needed to appear for the visa interview, has now been lifted. Normal processing will resume August 1. Therefore, both the adopted child and adopting parents are ...
  • Cambodia: Petitions and Home Studies 07/2003 On June 23rd and 24th, a Seminary took place in Cambodia in which UNICEF presented a new proposed adoption law to the Royal Cambodian Government (RCG), Parliament, representatives from local and foreign NGO’s, and representatives from various Embassies. Ambassador Ray confirmed that representatives from the US attended the Seminary. It is our understanding that the final ...
  • Bulgaria: The Bulgarian Family Act 07/2003 Recently there has been quite a bit of activity in Bulgaria regarding the laws pertaining to adoption. The Bulgarian Family Act has been rewritten and international adoptions are affected by the new laws. Here is an outline of the recent events: The new law was written, sent to the Parliament, approved by the Parliament and passed ...
  • China: Notice About Resumption of Normal Adoptive Formalities 06/24/2003 A Public Notice about Resumption of Normal Adoptive Formalities of Travelling to China Seeing that the World Health Organization formally announced that it lifted its travel advice to China, and removed China from the list of areas with recent local transmission of SARS epidemic, the China Center of Adoption Affairs (the CCAA) decided to resume the ...
  • Liberia: Travel Warning June 19, 2003 The following information is currently posted on the U.S. Department of State website: Due to the deterioration of the security situation in Liberia, the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia has had to sharply reduce visa services to Liberian citizens. This includes the processing of orphan petitions and visas for adopted children. The Department of State ...
  • Ukraine: Memo Issued Asking for Agencies Assistance in Providing Information about Ukraine Adoptees 6/12/03 The Consular Office of the Embassy of Ukraine has issued the following memo on June 12, 2003 asking for agencies assistance in providing information about Ukraine adoptees. Summary of memo: The Consular Office of the Embassy of Ukraine would like assistance in promoting the registration of Ukrainian children adopted by US Citizens and to provide the Consular ...
  • Romania: Moratorium Extended 06/2/2003 The Romanian government has extended its moratorium on adoptions until new legislation governing adoption is implemented. The actual date of enactment and implementation of the new legislation cannot be predicted at this time. The Romanian Adoption Committee (RAC) announced a one-year moratorium on inter-country adoption beginning June 21, 2001. That decision formalized a de facto suspension ...
  • China: Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services Memo 06/05/2003 BCIS Memo The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) released a memo today regarding China adoption cases. If a family’s I-600A has been approved on or before June 6, 2003 BCIS will approve the form to another country if so requested, at no additional cost. The request should be made with Form I-824. For those who ...
  • Romania: Public Debate on the Current Version of the Legislative Package on Child Protection 05/2003 There are new laws being publicly debated in Bucharest and the Romanian government is receiving public suggestions and comments up until May 5th.  For more information on the proposed laws visit the Embassy of Romania’s website.
  • China: Provisional Measures About Appraisal System 05/15/2003 Provisional Measures about Appraisal System for Foreign Adoption Organizations given by the China Center of Adoption Affairs (CCAA) CCAA will be implementing an appraisal system for the foreign adoption organizations that work in China. They have recently released the Provisional Measures developed by their assessing committee. Joint Council is currently reviewing the Provisional Measures for the ...
  • India: Hague into Force October 2003 In October, 2003 India entered into force with the Hague Adoption Convention. Since that time adoption processing continues but has slowed down due to the implementation of the Hague, elections and personnel changes at CARA. In December, the Secretary of CARA, Dev Verman, left his position and his replacement has yet to be ...
  • Ethiopia: Concerns Regarding Intercountry Adoption Practices September 18, 2009 Joint Council is well aware of the grave issues relating to intercountry adoption in Ethiopia. Earlier this week, Joint Council initiated an immediate assessment of any possible violations by Adoption Service Providers. Pending review Joint Council will issue a public statement. Any action taken by Joint Council, based on its findings, will be ...
  • Ethiopia: Restrictions on Foreign Aid Agencies January 15, 2009 Ethiopia recently passed a bill imposing tight restrictions on foreign aid agencies, prohibiting them from a number of areas including human rights, equality, conflict resolution and the rights of children. The impact of the bill on organizations providing services to children is yet to be determined. The draft version of the bill ...

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