Adoptions from Nepal Suspended

6 08 2010

Effective today, August 6, 2010, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced the suspension of new adoption cases for children identified as abandoned in Nepal. The primary cause of the suspension appears to be that documentation on the children is not reliable, the origin of child cannot be adequately determined and the child’s adoptability cannot be assured.

DOS will continue processing approximately 80 adoptions for those children referred to an American citizen prior to August 6, 2010. However, the review of these approximately 80 adoptions will be vigorous and it is expected that some might not be ultimately approved.

It was also announced by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that potential adoptive families may transfer their case to another country at no cost (one-time).

The full announcement on the suspension and Q&A can be found at:

USCIS Announcement – Suspension of Nepal Adoptions

USCIS Q&A – Suspension of Nepal Adoptions

Joint Council is preparing a statement on the suspension which will be published in the coming days. We will also work aggressively with the governments of Nepal and the U.S. along with adoption service providers to ensure that the children of Nepal will once again have the right ot a family through legal and ethical intercountry adoption.

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