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  • 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 performi...

  • 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 Ab...

  • 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 wh...

  • 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 (yo...

  • 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 Cooperat...

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