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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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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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USCIS Unable to Resume Processing Adoptions from Vietnam

February 8, 2012 From USCIS: Released Feb. 2, 2011 Intercountry Adoptions Under the Hague Adoption Convention WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced it cannot approve a Form I-800, Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate … 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: USDOS Adoption Alert – Update Ministry of Education plans to match families with pending adoption dossiers

January 17, 2012 From the US Department of State: According to the Government of Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Education (MoE), all pending adoption dossiers that were not matched with children by December 15, 2010, will be returned and will have to … Continue reading

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USCIS complacency surrounding alleged fraud in exporting Ethiopian children

January 9, 2012 From Ethiomedia: Author: Yosef Yacob Despite the documented facts demonstrating fraud and misrepresentation, the unsettling status quo persists with superficial changes by the USCIS and the Department of State devoid of any effective protocols to ferret out … Continue reading

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Update: Processing Plan for CNA Cases

The Office of Children’s Issues provides updates to interested families and adoption service providers regarding Guatemalan intercountry adoptions.  If you received this e-mail in error and do not wish to receive future updates please notify AskCI@state.gov using the subject line: … Continue reading

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Ethiopia: USCIS publishes notes from October 28th stakeholder meeting

December 12, 2011 From USCIS:  Executive Summary Teleconference on Ethiopian Adoptions Background On October 28, 2011, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of State (DOS) hosted a stakeholder engagement to discuss the increased number of adoption petitions … 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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Ethiopia: USCIS Update on Processing of “not clearly approvable” cases

November 22, 2011 From U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: From: Public Engagement <Public.Engagement@uscis.dhs.gov> Dear Stakeholder: The USCIS team in Addis Ababa completed its site visit.  We are pleased to report that the team was able to complete its review of all … Continue reading

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USCIS Update: Ethiopia

November 16, 2011 USCIS UPDATE ON PROCESSING OF “NOT CLEARLY APPROVABLE” CASES REFERRED BY EMBASSY ADDIS ABABA A USCIS team of four officers arrived in Ethiopia and began working at Embassy Addis Ababa on November 7, 2011.  As of the … Continue reading

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USCIS Stakeholder Meeting on Ethiopian Adoptions

Meeting Invitation: USCIS Stakeholder Meeting on Ethiopian Adoptions Friday, October 28, 2011 @ 10:30 am (EDT) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) would like to invite you to attend a stakeholder call to discuss USCIS processing of Ethiopian adoption cases which … Continue reading

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Adoption Notice: Ethiopia Confirmation of Orphanage Closures in Ethiopia

October 17, 2011 Ethiopian government officials confirmed the closure of several orphanages in the Southern Nations state due to revocation of the orphanages’ operational licenses.  Each orphanage in Ethiopia receives an operational license that the Charities and Societies Administration administers … Continue reading

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Guatemala: US Department of State Adoption Notice – CNA Processing Framework for U.S. Cases Under Its Authority

September 27, 2011 From the US Department of State: Guatemala Notice: CNA Processing Framework for U.S. Cases Under Its Authority On Friday August 19, 2011, the Guatemalan Central Adoption Authority (CNA) published in the Guatemalan government’s official register a new … 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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NBC Teleconference: “Bringing Your Internationally Adopted Child to the United States” (Final Steps in the Adoption Process)

Thursday October 13, 2011 @ 1:30 pm (CST) The USCIS National Benefits Center (NBC) invites any adoptive parents, adoption service providers and any other interested parties to participate in a national stakeholder meeting on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 1:30pm … Continue reading

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