Friday, January 8, 2010
DOS Adoption Notice Update for Brazil
Today the DOS published an update of a prior Adoption Notice released in February 2009. The update is very similar to the February 2009 notice with some important changes. We have highlighted in italics the new information provided in today's update.
Adoption Notice IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL PARENTS WISHING TO ADOPT IN BRAZIL:
We continue to work very closely with the Brazilian government to establish how the Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention, which entered into force for the U.S. in 2008, will affect future adoptions in Brazil. At the moment, parents should expect a lengthy process because there is currently no U.S. Hague-accredited adoption service provider working in Brazil. If you are not of Brazilian decent or an immediate relative qualified to adopt via the Brazilian national adoption system, it is unlikely you will be permitted to adopt in Brazil at this time. The Brazilian government recently passed new adoption-related legislation which changed several aspects of the adoption process in Brazil. The accreditation process for foreign service providers which would allow U.S. agencies to operate in Brazil is not re-opened yet. They are currently undertaking an analysis of the U.S. adoption process and the U.S. accreditation of service providers and are scheduling individual interviews with adoption services interested in working with Brazil. It may take several months before American adoption service providers are in place. Prospective adoptive parents should also be aware that children available for international adoption in Brazil are generally over 5 years of age, sibling pairs, or have special needs.
Ethics, Transparency, Support
~ What All Adoptions Deserve.