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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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.  

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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.

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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) … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 [Russian] children find their families here … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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.  … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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“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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Canada: Agency closure puts prospective parents on hold

February 8, 2012 From CTV News Calgary: A Manitoba based adoption agency is shutting down and now several Alberta families are worried about the welfare of the children and the status of their adoptions. The Canadian Advocate for the Adoption … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 ) … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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.

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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