International Adoption In The News

June 17th, 2009

A few updates in the world of International Adoption: Madonna's petetion for adoption of a little girl is granted the second time around from the courts of Malawi. Malawi's adoption laws normally require adoptive parents to live in country for a long period of time and Madonna's lack of residence has caused quite the stir in the International Community. To learn more about Malawi adoptions you can check out or the U.S. State Department. I have voiced my thoughts on Madonna's adoptions from Malawi in previous blogs and love to hear other people's perspectives. Nepal is starting to process adoption again in limited cases. There is no guartentee that families who were in the process of adopting when adoptions were suspended a while… [more]

International Adoption: Nepal

July 28th, 2007

The US State Department has posted new information on international adoption from Nepal in the country section of their international adoption site. Framed in a Question and Answer format, it addresses the current status of adoptions in Nepal, the US Embassy's role now for parents who are in the process, the present suspension of adoption imposed by the Government of Nepal, and what is expected to happen when adoptions resume. Also of great interest, this article from the Nepali Times on internatinal adoption of Nepali children, calling the process 'messy and unfair', and taking a look at the 400-some families who have been caught up in the suspension -- paperwork complete, but with no way to bring their children home. Reporting that the suspension has had the positive consequence… [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]

Nepal Adoptions: News or Drama, 4

March 12th, 2007

Continued from here where we've been underwhelmed by "facts" and UNICEF .... Okay. I am NOT saying there have never been any corrupt dealings in any Nepali adoptions. Nepal, like most of our kids' birth countries functions on a level that is much less transparent than most would like ... as do all countries, for that matter. But when stories appear under headlines that shout, "Foreigners adopt more than 2000 Nepalese orphans", then add ... in little print ... "in the last thirty years", and others go on to quote themselves as if repeating something often enough eventually makes it true, I have to suspect an agenda that has as its ultimate goal an end to international adoptions. Since… [more]

Nepal Adoptions: News or Drama, 3

March 12th, 2007

Continued from here where we were about to add two to two ... Could it be that here is where the rubber meets the road? As an international conference on adoption of children began in Kathmandu on Sunday, the U.N. children's wing UNICEF deplored what it called an ''unfortunate growth'' of an industry centering on adoption. Profit, rather than the best interests of the children, takes center stage in adoption of children from other countries by families from wealthy countries, UNICEF representative in Nepal Gillian Mellsop said. Ah ha! Now it's beginning to make some sense. UNICEF. Once again, the agency with "children" in its title is throwing its rather considerable weight against international adoption, and paving the way to do so on a… [more]

Nepal Adoptions: News or Drama, 2

March 12th, 2007

Continued from here ... Now, some of the questions that pop into my mind when reading the stories about Nepali adoption that are cropping up just about the time a conference on international adoption is to begin ... How does someone "pose as British parents wishing to adopt a Nepali child"? Did they show up at the "Child NGO Federation" complete with dossier, including a homestudy, police clearance and all other other documents absolutely necessary before any real adoption discussion can begin? If so, how? If not, what sort of conversation did they suppose they would have walking in off the street? Would Nepali adoption people be expected to take them seriously as parents, or perhaps only to humor someone obviously delusional on adopting? Another… [more]

Nepal Adoptions: News or Drama

March 12th, 2007

Is there anything suspect in the timing of a story coming out of Nepal that casts international adoption in a negative light coinciding with the first International Conference of Inter-Country Adoption in Kathmandu? Pardon my cynicism, but I can't help but notice the potential for not-so-hidden agendas in them thar Himalayas. Was it coincidence that had reporter Thomas Bell writing a story for the Nepali Times that that starts out like this: In the cramped Anamnagar office of an adoption broker and his dusty orphanage in Ratopul, Nepali Times this week made arrangements to buy a child for adoption. News? Drama? Which is it? When he tosses large numbers around ... $5,000, $10,000 ... and puts quotes around worlds like "going rate" and "donations"… [more]

Press Freedom Reports: Nepal, India, Ethiopia, Russia, Ukraine & Kazakhstan

February 6th, 2007

Continued from here ... Nepal, on the other hand, started out the year very badly. Reporters Without Borders logo Before he was ousted in a democratic revolution, King Gyanendra had put the very existence of the independent press under threat. Several hundred journalists were arrested, beaten up, censored or threatened by rampant security forces. The press, first in line in the fight against the monarchy, progressively regained its rights from April onwards. For the most part, India does well by the press, but in some states the situation can be dire. Privately-owned television stations, which specialise in spectacular scoops, made some very serious ethical blunders in 2006. In August, journalists on local stations in Bihar state purchased petrol and matches for… [more]

Nepal: News and Info, con’t

February 4th, 2007

Continued from here ... And another UN article, this one from the UN PR machine, for sure, talks about improvements in lives of "untouchable" women". Ms. Sada belongs to the musahar caste – the name literally means ‘rat eaters’ – who are among the most disadvantaged groups in Nepal. They are considered ‘untouchables’, which in the heavily stratified Hindu caste system means they are too impure to rank as worthy beings. Prejudice defines their lives, particularly in the rural areas. They are routinely shunned, insulted, banned from temples and higher caste homes, and made to eat and drink from separate utensils in public places. There are an estimated 172,000 musahars in Nepal, and hopefully the UN is doing what it purports to be… [more]

Nepal: News and Info

February 4th, 2007

A bit in the news has me thinking about Nepal today, so I thought I'd hop around my desk and put together all the notes I've been collecting on that country for a while for families with connections, or hopeful connections, to Nepal. Today's new from Nepal is not good. The UN is "deeply concerned" about increasing violence in the southern plains, Nepal's breadbasket. So far, seven people have died in ethnic protests that pit Madhesis people against the the dominance of northerners who are running the show, all but one killed by police. "We are seeing a very worrying escalation of tension and violence in communities in the Terai," said Lena Sundh, representative in Nepal of the United Nations… [more]