Wednesday, August 12, 2009

USDOS Liberia Adoption Alert

Bureau of Consular Affairs
Office of Children’s Issues


August 10, 2009

On January 26, 2009, the Government of Liberia (GOL) suspended adoptions on the recommendation of the President's Special Committee on Adoption because of allegations of mismanagement and corruption. Since the suspension went into effect, the GOL has formed an Ad-hoc Central Adoption Authority to have oversight over adoptions and is working to pass adoption legislation focused on strengthening existing laws and preventing abuses of the system.

The Government of Liberia has indicated it is willing to consider granting an exception to certain special needs children on a case-by-case basis, though further details have not yet been provided. Requests may be directed to the Ad-Hoc Central Adoption Authority :

Cllr. Eva Mappy Morgan
Chair, Ad-hoc Central Adoption Authority
Ministry of Justice
Ashmun & Center Streets
Monrovia, Liberia

The GOL continues its investigation on West African Children Support Network (WACSN). The investigation of Acres of Hope (AOH) has been completed, but the moratorium of January 26, 2009 is still in effect for all adoption agencies.

Please continue to monitor for updated information.

Ethics, Transparency, Support
~ What All Adoptions Deserve.

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