Friday, May 1, 2009
UPDATE: Nepal Signs Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption
From the Hague News Announcements April 28, 2009:
Nepal signs Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention
"On Tuesday 28 April 2009, the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption was signed by H.E. Mr Pramesh Kuman Hamal, Ambassador of Nepal to the Benelux and the European Communities.
Mr Deepak Dhital, DCM/Minister Counsellor at the Embassy of Nepal, also attended the short ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague, as well as Mr William Duncan, Deputy Secretary General, and Mrs Laura Martínez-Mora, Adoption Programme Co-ordinator, as representatives of the Hague Conference. "
PEAR has contacted the US Department of State and US Embassy in Nepal concerning any effects this may have on waiting parents and prospective parents considering Nepal as an option. Please know that Nepal has signed the Convention but there has not been a ratification or accession by the Nepalese government. Until Nepal enters the Convention into force, prospective parents should be able to continue with an I-600a process. We will keep you informed of any changes or information as we hear it.