Adoption Options is looking forward to be working in three new regions in Russia: Orel, Kemerovo, and Krasnoyarsk. These regions will require three trips for the prospective parents.
Archive for December, 2009
1 family came home with their 18 month old boy from the Samara region this weekend
2 families successfully completed their first trips last week to meet an infant girl from Yekaterinburg and an infant girl from Rostov.
1 family is currently on their first trip in Rostov to meet an infant boy. This is a blind referral.
1 family is currently on their first trip in Novgorod to meet an infant girl.
Notice from US State Department: Guatemala
December 8, 2009
CNA’s announcement of a Two-year Limited Pilot Program
On November 20, 2009 the Department of State received a letter from the Guatemalan National Council on Adoptions (CNA) – the Guatemalan Central Authority — announcing its intention to launch a limited two-year pilot program that will allow for the adoption of a small number of older children, groups of siblings, and children with special needs. The CNA has invited the Central Authorities of Hague Convention partner countries to express interest in participating in this program, in which four countries will be chosen to participate among countries that express interest. The program is designed to re-open Guatemala’s Intercountry adoptions while ensuring compliance with the Hague Convention. The CNA has so far provided little detail about how the pilot program would function.
After significant deliberation, the Department of State, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), decided to express interest in learning more about the pilot program. Although we remain deeply concerned about the history of malfeasance in intercountry adoptions from Guatemala, we responded positively because of our strong interest in assisting Guatemala to reform its adoption system.
This expression of interest on the part of the United States does not mean that new adoptions from Guatemala will start any time soon, and prospective parents should not make any plans to start new adoptions in Guatemala at this time. Our expression of interest does not in any way signal that DOS has found Guatemala’s intercountry adoption procedures in compliance with the Hague Convention on Adoption. There is no pilot program yet, only a statement of intent from the CNA to start one. Although the United States has expressed interest in learning more about the proposed pilot program, we cannot commit to participating until we understand how the program will be designed and determine whether it is something in which the United States should participate. We do not know if the CNA will accept the United States as one of the participants.
We also cannot predict how the pilot program will affect grandfathered cases currently being processed by the Guatemalan government. We will keep you updated on how the Guatemalan pilot program develops and whether the United States will be a participant.
Russian courts are now requiring adoptive parents to complete evaluations here in the U.S. prior to travel as well as an additional medical exam that will take place in Russia. The exam is commonly known as the “8 doctor medical”. An appointment will be made for you to go to a medical clinic in Russia to have the medical requirement completed. The appointment will occur on either the first or second trip, depending on the region you are adopting from. The exam requires laboratory testing, which can be completed by your personal physician here in the U.S. prior to travel and brought with you to Russia. Please contact Brent or Michelle for more details.
When traveling to Russia, parents will be asked to carry adoption related expenses in cash. All fees should be paid in US $100 bills. The bills should be in good, clean condition, have no visible markings, and printed after the year 2000. Banks in Russia will not accept bills with tears, excessive wear, or ink and pencil markings. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle.
Two of our families have successfully completed court last week and are traveling this week to Vladimir and Samara to pick up their children.
Some families are traveling on trip#1 this week to Ekaterinburg and Rostov to meet their children.
We are looking forward to receiving referrals this month from the region of Yaroslavl. This is a new region to Adoption Options.