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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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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.

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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.

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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