Archive for January, 2012

Next Free Webinar on Adoption Financing

We just received this information from Cherri at Resources4Adoption:

There was a great response to the pilot webinar on adoption financing last month!  We are offering another Free Webinar on Adoption Financing.

Please join me to learn more about adoption financing and have the opportunity to get your questions answered during the live Q and A session.

Free Webinar – FINANCIAL PLANNING AND ASSISTANCE IN THE ADOPTION PROCESS: Working in partnership with Great Wall China Adoptions and their sister agency, Children of All Nations, I will be presenting a FREE WEBINAR on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 1PM. It will last 1 hour.  Here is the link to sign up for this Free Webinar.

Resources4Adoption and Children of All Nations

Would you like to bring this information to your families? 

Resources4adoption.com is partnering with several agencies and organizations to provide Free Adoption Financing Webinars to prospective adoptive families in 2012.  I would be more than happy to discuss how we can work together to share this key information with your adoptive families.   Please contact me for more information.  Email:  cherri@resources4adoption.com or Phone:  785-917-0361.

Nepal Update From US Department of State

The U.S. Department of State continues to recommend against adopting in Nepal:

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 Immigration Services (USCIS) suspended processing of new adoption cases from Nepal involving children claimed to have been found abandoned, because documents presented in support of the abandonment of these children in Nepal were unreliable. Cases involving relinquishment by known birth parent(s) were not affected by the suspension.

Recently, the Government of Nepal informed the U.S. Department of State that there may be a small number of children who will be found eligible for intercountry adoption by the Government of Nepal as relinquishment cases in 2012. The U.S. Department of State continues to strongly recommend that prospective adoptive parents refrain from adopting children from Nepal due to grave concerns about the reliability of Nepal’s adoption system and credible reports that children have been stolen from birth parents, who did not intend to irrevocably relinquish parental rights as required by INA 101(b)(1)(F). We also strongly urge adoption service providers not to accept new applications for adoption from Nepal.

Due to the concerns regarding reliability of Nepal’s adoption system, any future relinquishment cases received by the Embassy in Kathmandu will require complex investigations which may include birth parent interviews and DNA testing. Although we have not yet received these cases, and cannot estimate the amount of time for any investigation, we caution that they may require significant time and expenses that would likely raise the overall costs for prospective adoptive parents.

The U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu continues to encourage the Government of Nepal to work with the international community, including the Hague Permanent Bureau, to implement the Hague Adoption Convention and reform its adoption process to protect children and families.

We will continue to keep you updated through adoption.state.gov as additional information is received. This link will also provide additional information and past adoption notices and alerts on the detailed concerns found in Nepal adoptions.

When Curious People Kindly Ask About Race And Our Family

Adoptive Families Magazine online share a thought provoking conversation on mixed families:

http://www.adoptivefamiliescircle.com/groups/topic/When_curious_people_kindly_ask_about_our_race/

India Intends to Issue Passwords starting January 20, 2012

CARA had placed a banner on their website at the beginning of January, 2012 announcing that they would issue passwords to agencies for access to their new computerized system.  We have just learned that they intend to begin issuing the passwords on January 20, 2012.  No word yet on when each agency will receive their password and how but now we do have a target start date!  A step in the right direction.  Still no details about how to begin registering families after the passwords are issued or how adoptions will proceed after family registration.  Stay tuned.

Kazakhstan New Family and Marriage Code Signed into Law

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 new policies to accredit agencies and process adoptions.

The Department will post information on the new accreditation process and the new adoption procedures on www.adoption.state.gov as soon as we receive it, and will confirm when the new Hague Convention adoption process is in place in Kazakhstan.