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Reminder on proper Pre-Adoption Immigration Review (PAIR) processing order

The Department of State reminds adoption service providers (ASPs) and prospective adoptive parents that the entire PAIR process must be completed in every case BEFORE the adoption petition is filed at the Federal First Instance Court (FFIC) in Addis Ababa. … Continue reading

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September Webinar: Tired of Timeouts

Join us for our September webinar, Tired of Timeouts: Discipline, Attachment and the Adopted Child, on September 4th at 7PM Central.  Traditional discipline methods can be ineffective and even potentially damaging for adopted children – children who have experienced loss. … Continue reading

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Benin Announces Temporary Suspension of Intercountry Adoption Applications

Benin informed the State Department that, as of May 22, it has temporarily suspended acceptance of new applications for intercountry adoptions as the Benin government prepares to implement the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect … Continue reading

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UAA Transition Case Guidance and Example Cases

This notice provides a link to new UAA transition case guidance for cases begun before the effective date of the UAA – July 14, 2014 – and completed on or after the effective date.   Topics include guidance on •      … Continue reading

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Direction Générale de Migration to Review Grandfathered Cases

In a June 6th meeting, the Congolese Direction Générale de Migration (DGM) informed the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa that the DGM would be willing to conduct a review of the documents for the children whose cases appear to meet the … Continue reading

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Request for information about medically critical cases pending in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

The Department of State continues to engage the Direction Générale de Migration (DGM) concerning the issuance of exit permits for adopted children affected by the DRC’s exit permit suspension. The DGM has been willing to consider cases of adoptive children … Continue reading

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Reports of Child-Buying Operations in Nigeria

Over the past several months, Nigerian media outlets have reported on government raids and closures of alleged child-buying operations posing as orphanages or homes for unwed mothers. Prospective adoptive parents are warned about possible scams involving children who may be … Continue reading

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Brazil Accepts Adoption Service Provider Applications for Authorization

The Autoridade Central Administrativa Federal of the Secretaria de Direitos Humanos (ACAF), the Brazilian Central Authority for the Hague Adoption Convention, officially announced last week that it will accept applications from U.S. Hague accredited adoption service providers (ASPs) for authorization … Continue reading

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Rebecca’s Notes From the Field in Haiti Part II: May 14, 2014

“I’ve struggled to write this post about Rene because it’s all so complicated, just like nearly everything is in Haiti.  Nearly everything is harder than it seems it should be.  There are always so many barriers to jump over, so … 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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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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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 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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Procedure for Agency Accreditation in Haiti

The IBESR has released the procedures for getting accredited as an adoption service provider in Haiti. To view the document, click here.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Raising Awareness, Affecting Change

Last week we distributed an Executive Report to Joint Council Members which forecasts the continued suffering of children in need of a safe and permanent family. If current policies are not changed, in the next ten years over 250,000 children … Continue reading

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