Statement and Recommendations on the Suspension of Intercountry Adoption in Nepal

18 10 2010

Joint Council has issued the attached Statement and Recommendations on the Suspension of Intercountry Adoptions in Nepal.  The Statement and Recommendations can also be found by clicking here.




2 responses

18 10 2010

Thank you for your fair-minded and comprehensive statement and recommendations. I am one of the 80 pipeline families and your support gives me hope.

However, can you publicly clarify Recommendation #4a. My interpretation is that you are advocating for a 9month time limit to process visa requests for the 80 children. If this is true, 9 months is too long. You are the experts in what add’l institutionalization and potential political unrest will mean for these children. Please clarify what the 9 months is meant to include.

Thank you.

fromyour statement…
4. For those children currently referred for intercountry adoption, minimizing delaysand shortening the time a child remains institutionalized through;
a. The allocation of sufficient resources that allows for full and compete
investigations and final resolution of adoptions to be executed within a 9-
month timeframe.

19 10 2010
Mark Barrett

I want to re-iterate Josie’s comment that this statement is comprehensive, fair-minded and expresses both the concerns and some of the frustrations we ‘pipeline’ families are experiencing in this ordeal. I have been in Kathmandu for over 6 weeks. My wife joined me a couple of weeks ago and we completed the adoption of our beautiful 3yr-old.

Along with Josie’s observation that even 9 months is too long, I want to address your Recommendation 2-C. My family is effectively now exiled in Nepal. While it may bring some immediate relief to have some magical ‘provision of care’ for our children, which would allow the parrents to return to the US to save their jobs, our newly-formed family will still be broken until our children can come home with us. You are incorrect to say that the children “due to the suspension cannot enter their country of adoption”. The truth is that the US State Dept (DOS)’s refusal to grant entry visas is NOT due to the suspension – which occurred as of Aug.6, 2010. The DOS has artificially generated a ‘PAP refugee crisis’, and blames it on Nepal, in order to use our distress to pressure Nepal into ratifying the Hague Convention in congress. There is no other reason why the DOS could not process our cases in exactly the same manner as they have every other case prior to July, 2010. We are held hostage here – and we resent it.

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