Orphan (Every)Day

November 6th, 2011

southamerica2Today was Orphan Sunday at many churches around the US. This couldn't have come at a more perfect time. Recently, Ambassador Susan Jacobs, Special Advisor for Children's Issues in the Bureau of Consular Affairs, reported that, "Last year [fiscal year 2011], US citizens adopted more than 9,000 children from countries around the world." In fiscal years 2004 and 2005, Americans adopted nearly 23,000 children each year from other countries. The number of international adoptions has been on a steady decline since then. And it seems this fiscal year, which ended September 30, is no exception. There are some obvious clues as to why international adoptions have declined. China has dramatically slowed down international adoptions. The Guatemala adoption program was very popular, and the closing… [more]

Trends in International Adoption: 2004-2009

December 27th, 2009

Trends in International Adoption: 2004-2009As most anyone reading here probably has some investment and level of interest in international adoptions, I'm fairly certain many of you have already read Adoption.com's Trends in International Adoptions 2004-2009. In short, the State Department publishes the total number of adoptions per fiscal year (the 2009 fiscal year taking place from October 1, 2008 to September 30, 2009) on its website, thus making the information and statistical breakdown available to the public.  The article continues to state: As laws change in the United States as well as in the country in which the children adopted internationally originate, the number of children who come to the U.S. for international adoption will fluctuate. An example of how law change… [more]

Affording International Adoption

March 19th, 2009

When we started the adoption process a comment I often heard was, "I have thought about adopting, but it is so expensive." While I agree that most adoptions are far from free, there are many options on funding. If you are feeling called to adopt but worried about the cost I would encourage you to look into the many options out there. While I am writing from an International point of view many of these resources can be used to domestic or possible foster adoptions. If you are a U.S. citizen the first thing to look into is the Tax credit that you will get once the adoption is finalized. As of 2008 you could claim up to $11,650.00 over five years in… [more]

Learning About the Hague Convention

February 4th, 2009

When starting the adoption process you learn a whole new language. When doing my initial research I kept reading about the Hague. Our agency was getting ready for their Hague review and it seemed to cause a lot of stress, as change usually does! Here is a brief description of this "Hague thing" everyone is talking about. Hague Convention: The Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-Country Adoption is an international agreement to protect the integrity of inter country adoptions. The US signed the agreement in 2004 and it was enacted in 2008. We were mid-process when our agency was "audited" by the Hague and the only process change for us is that… [more]

Adoption: Lebanon

July 23rd, 2007

Although adoption from Lebanon isn't big enough for a Yahoo group or its own category on the Adoption.com forums, it does happen, and it does make the news. This story about a family from New Hampshire proves it ... but Boy Howdy!!! it ain't easy, or often. According to the US State Department Website's page on adoption from Lebanon, only four immigrant visas were issued for adoptees in 2006. Laura Gabriel's family counts for one of those. Laura's husband, Scot, comes from Lebanese stock, so adopting from there had appeal. The couple went to Beirut to begin the process in May of 2006. Weeks later, Scot returned home, and left Laura to finalize. The child, a now 19-month-old boy named Logan… [more]

Adoption: Moldova

July 17th, 2007

I have no idea what is going on, if the cosmos is trying to tell me something or get me to tell someone else, but almost every time I've gone online the past couple of days, stories about Moldova have presented themselves before me; not just Moldova as a country, but Moldova as a country with orphans and people who adopt them. Even yesterday's JK Rowling posts had a Moldovan touch, as her Children's High Level Group has a hand in Moldova. So ... all right, already ... I'm writing about Moldova. Starting with the US State Department's page on adoptions from the country, that makes it sound like the process is complicated and involves long waits. Until… [more]

News: Suicide in Asian women, Liberia, and female infanticide gets easier

May 20th, 2007

We're looking at recent international adoption-related news today .... Very frightening, this report from CNN highlights a study out of the Asian-American studies program at Cal State Fullerton that has found that Asian-American women between the ages of 15 and 24 have the highest rate of suicide of any women in any race or ethnic group between those ages, and that suicide is the second-leading cause of death for Asian-American women in that age range. ... simply being a minority can also lead to depression. "My sister had a really low self-image. She thought of herself as ugly," she says. "We grew up in Houston in the '70s and '80s, and at that time in school there were very few Asian faces. The standard of beauty… [more]

News: Nepal closes, Cambodia opens to French, and more

May 20th, 2007

Time to clean up the desk again, so today' s post will be bits and pieces of news I've been collecting to pass along, starting with an announcement from Ethica about an up-coming conference, co-sponsored by the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, to be held in Washington DC in October. The topic is "Adoption Ethics and Accountability". For more info, see Ethica's conference registration page. The French government has reopened adoptions from Cambodia. Starting out slowly, thirty Cambodian children will be allowed to become members of French families in 2007. The reopening of Viet Nam to French families in March precipitated the filing of more than 1,500 submissions to adopt within the first ten days… [more]

International Adoption: Tonga

May 14th, 2007

An article I came across today prompted a look at international adoption from the Pacific island nation of Tonga. The story of a California woman who decided to adopt as she blew out the fifty candles on her birthday cake, like all adoption stories, is inspiring and has that usual tinge of something meant to be that so often figures into the follow-up that can be happy ever after. It also, however, poses some questions and brings up, in me at least, a feeling of entitlement that doesn't sit well. Shortly after making the mental leap toward becoming a mother through adoption, the woman was on a sailing trip in Tonga and heard about a motherless 8-year-old girl. A puzzle piece fell… [more]

Russia adoption: … and sunk

April 12th, 2007

With the virtual shut-down of Russian adoptions coming as the last US agencies lost their licenses to conduct adoptions in that country yesterday, the danger of backlash to news hype shows its ugly face. As the feeding frenzy that followed the Masha Allen case of sexual abuse and degradation flew into high gear, many people in the international adoption community were quick to scrabble in the dirt and muck hand in hand with the media. As always happens, a little bit of information, or often misinformation, gets fingers flying over keyboards and tongues wagging, and far too many figure they're not worth their salt until they expound on unfounded opinions and take up their torches and pitchforks. For… [more]