Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Special Advisor for Children's Issues Travels to Vietnam, Cambodia, and China

Special Advisor for Children’s Issues Ambassador Susan Jacobs will visit Vietnam, Cambodia, and China January 8-17.

While in the region, Special Advisor Jacobs will meet with government officials and non-governmental organizations to discuss the Hague Adoption Convention and strengthening child protection systems.

Special Advisor Jacobs will visit Cambodia and Vietnam, both of which are in the process of implementing the Hague Adoption Convention. She will complete her trip with a visit to China, the top country of origin for intercountry adoptions to the United States to discuss continued cooperation regarding adoption issues.

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Ethics, Transparency, Support
~ What All Adoptions Deserve.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

DOS Notice: Kenya Adoption Committee disbanded

The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi learned that the Kenyan Central Authority, the Adoption Committee, was disbanded, thereby impacting Kenya's ability to process intercountry adoptions. Processing of adoptions is, and will continue to be, delayed until the publication of the nomination of the new committee members.
The Department of State understands that this event has triggered a number of inquiries from U.S. adoption service providers who want to learn how the disbandment will affect pending cases. The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi continues to press for clarification and will engage with the new committee once it resumes work.
The Department will post any updates regarding this situation on as we receive information from the Kenyan authorities.

Ethics, Transparency, Support
~ What All Adoptions Deserve.