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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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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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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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Romania 2006-2003

July 27, 2006 On the occasion of Romanian President Traian Basescu’s visit to the United States, the U.S. Senate passed S.Res.359 by unanimous consent. S.Res.359, introduced by Senator Mary Landrieu, is a resolution concerning the Government of Romania’s ban on … Continue reading

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Romania: Senate Passed S.Res.359

07/27/2006 On the occasion of Romanian President Traian Basescu’s visit to the United States, the U.S. Senate passed S.Res.359 by unanimous consent. S.Res.359, introduced by Senator Mary Landrieu, is a resolution concerning the Government of Romania’s ban on intercountry adoptions … Continue reading

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Romania: Chris Smith (NJ) Remarks

12/15/2005 Representative Chris Smith (NJ) placed remarks in the Congressional Record regarding Romania’s ban on intercountry adoption.

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Romania: Romania Denies Adoption Requests

12/7/2005 Romania denies adoption requests. The Bucharest Daily News is reporting that Romania’s Office for Adoptions (ORA) has announced that they will deny all remaining “pipeline” cases. Click here to read the article.

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Romania: Department of State Public Conference

11/29/2005 The US Department of State held a public conference call for waiting families to speak with the newly appointed US Ambassador to Romania, Nicholas Taubman. Ambassador Taubman answered questions from families regarding those who had been contacted the previous … Continue reading

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Romania: Letter to US Committee on Foreign Relations

10/19/2005 Joint Council sent a letter to the US Committee on Foreign Relations requesting that during the confirmation hearing of nominee Nicholas Taubman for Ambassador to Romania, Mr. Taubman’s opinion and support of intercountry adoption be explored. Joint Council expressed … Continue reading

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Romania: Summary of Helsinki Comission Hearing

09/15/2005 Summary of Helsinki Commission Hearing On Wednesday, September 14th, the Helsinki Commission held a hearing on Romania’s ban on intercountry adoption. Rep. Chris Smith (NJ) presided over the hearing as chairman. Representatives Benjamin Cardin (MD), Joseph Pitts (PA) and … Continue reading

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Romania: Helsinki Commision to Examine Romania’s Adoption Policy

09/14/2005 HELSINKI COMMISSION TO EXAMINE IMPACT OF ROMANIA’S ADOPTIONS POLICY (Washington) – Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), Chairman of the United States Helsinki Commission, announced that the Commission will hold a hearing on the impact of Romania’s newly implemented ban on … Continue reading

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Romania: Letter Sent to President Basescu

06/29/2005 The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) sent a letter to President Basescu regarding the processing of the pipeline cases. The letter was signed by 44 members of Congress, one of the highest signature counts on record at CCAI.

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Romania: Request from NGOs

04/2005 The Romanian National Authority for the Protection of Children’s Rights has requested input from Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) on their child welfare framework. Below is a copy of the request. Request for ngos in view of evaluation of regulatory child … Continue reading

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Romania: Meeing with Ambassador Ducaru

03/10/2005 Joint Council attended a meeting at Romanian Ambassador Ducaru’s residence with President Basescu. The meeting consisted of about 20 – 30 people, mostly adoptive parents and waiting parents, two representatives from the Department of State, one other NGO and … Continue reading

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Romania: Jack Crouch names Assistant to President and Deputy

1/31/2005 The White House issued the following press release announcing that Dr. Jack D. Crouch (current Ambassador to Romania) has been named Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor. THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary For … Continue reading

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Romania: Joint Council Meets with U.S. Department of State

12/17/2004 On Friday, December 17, 2004 Joint Council met with representatives from the U.S. Department of State including Heather Conley, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, William Silkworth, Romania Desk Officer for North Central European Affairs … Continue reading

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Romania: Edwardson and Murphy-Scheumann Meeting with Romanian Officials

09/24/2009 Antonia Edwardson, Executive Director and Deb Murphy-Scheumann, Joint Council Board President met with the following individuals in separate meetings regarding the status of pending cases in Romania: Tatiana Maxim, Congressional Liaison, Embassy of Romania Katie Joyce, Legislative Correspondent, Office … Continue reading

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Romania: Conference Call about Pending Cases

07/28/2004 Joint Council participated in conference call with the Department of State, White House representatives and another NGO about the situation in Romania and the plan for pending cases. Joint Council Advocacy – In the wake of the recent adoption … Continue reading

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Romania: Draft Adoption Bill

06/21/2004 Romanian President Iliescu signed into law a draft adoption bill that limits international adoption to a child’s grandparents. The law was published in the Romanian Government Monitor on June 22, making the law official, according to the State Department’s … Continue reading

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Romania: Chamber of Deputies Approves Adoptions Law

06/15/2004 The Romanian Chamber of Deputies voted to approve the proposed adoption law that essential ceases all international adoptions (the only exception is adoption by a child’s grandparents). The law is now awaiting President Iliescu’s signature. Although the law provides … Continue reading

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Romania: Prime Minister Proposal Approved

6/10/2004 The U.S. Embassy in Romania has learned through the press that the Prime Minister’s proposal to ban, in essence, inter-country adoptions has been approved by the Juridical Committee of the Chamber of Deputies without meaningful change. This legislation has … Continue reading

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Romania: Adoption Law Approved by Romanian Senate

06/01/2004 The new adoption law was approved by the Romanian Senate on March 11th and is scheduled to be voted on by the House of Deputies after the elections in June. As currently written, the new adoption legislation would essentially … Continue reading

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Romania: Media Reports

04/09/2004 Recently there have been media reports that the Romanian “Chamber of Deputies decided that the adoption requests made by the foreign citizens or Romanian citizens resided abroad should be solved according to the regulations in force when inserting the … Continue reading

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Romania: Meeting with Representatives from Delegtaion of EC

03/31/2004 Joint Council met with representatives from the Delegation of the European Commission to the United States to discuss the current situation in Romania. Joint Council requested that the Commission: Ensure that adoption legislation passed by the Romanian government adheres … Continue reading

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Romania: Press Release Regarding Draft Laws

03/01/2004 Romania’s Ministry of Labor, Social Solidarity and Family has issued a press release dated 3/15/04 regarding the “draft laws approved by the Government on March 11, 2004″ which “set the proper legislative framework for implementing the strategy on child … Continue reading

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Romania: New Draft of Proposed Adoption Law

02/1/2004 There have been many new developments in Romania over the past few weeks. Romania released a new draft of their proposed adoption law. Joint Council has concerns with the proposed law and have outlined these issues in a letter … Continue reading

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Romania: Moratorium Extended

06/2/2003 The Romanian government has extended its moratorium on adoptions until new legislation governing adoption is implemented. The actual date of enactment and implementation of the new legislation cannot be predicted at this time. The Romanian Adoption Committee (RAC) announced … Continue reading

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Romania: Public Debate on the Current Version of the Legislative Package on Child Protection

05/2003 There are new laws being publicly debated in Bucharest and the Romanian government is receiving public suggestions and comments up until May 5th.  For more information on the proposed laws visit the Embassy of Romania’s website.

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