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 was very gracious to share his time. He was very warm and seemed empathic to the cause. The purpose of the meeting was for him to hear from adoptive parents and those, such as Joint Council, advocating for the pending cases to be processed. The President did mention that the U.S. has the largest number of pending cases – approximately 200, and other countries such as France, Spain, Israel, and Germany also have pipeline cases. While no specifics were addressed we are hopeful that the pending cases will be processed soon. He did also mention that international adoptions were discussed in his meeting on Wednesday with President Bush, but again, no specifics were addressed.

Request to all families who adopted from Romania between 2000 and 2004

Please make sure that your post placement reports are filed. It is important that post-placement reports are forwarded to the proper Romanian government officials. For more information please contact Tatiana Maxim at the Romanian Embassy. Thank you for your cooperation in this manner.

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