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Marie’s Thoughts From Haiti

Tuesday, September 23, 2014: Tom DiFilipo, Kristi Gleason (Haiti Caucus co-chair), and I arrived in Port-au-Prince around 3:00pm, grabbed our bags and set off to check into our downtown hotel, where we met up with Mike Noah, our other Haiti … Continue reading

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U.S. Secretary of State Meeting with DRC President

On August 4, Secretary of State John Kerry met with DRC President Joseph Kabila to stress the urgency of lifting the suspension on the issuance of exit permits for Congolese adopted children.  Secretary Kerry strongly emphasized our humanitarian concern for … Continue reading

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Visa Delay Updates from Department of State

Progress has been made and most of the backlog of nonimmigrant visas have been processed. There are very few delays on immigrant visas, adoption cases, and emergency nonimmigrant visa cases. Department of State Officials are working diligently to close the … Continue reading

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Partner Receives USAID Grant

One of our Partners, Buckner International, just received a grant from USAID to help vulnerable kids stay in safe families through a two-year program called “Foster Hope Guatemala.”  The four key objectives of the program are: Get 103 institutionalized children … Continue reading

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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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Comprehensive Health Evaluation of the Newly Adopted Child

From the American Academy of Pediatrics Clinical Report Veronnie F. Jones, MD, PhD, MSPH and  COMMITTEE ON EARLY CHILDHOOD, ADOPTION, AND DEPENDENT CARE Pamela C. High, MD Elaine Donoghue, MD Jill J. Fussell, MD Mary Margaret Gleason, MD Paula K. Jaudes, … Continue reading

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