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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 … Continue reading

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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 performing maintenance … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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 … 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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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 … 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … 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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