Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A New JCICS Post (Or If We Didn't Have Bad Luck...)

We have waited since July of 08 for a referral, and nothing has been happening in Kyrgyzstan since that time. Because of this stagnation, approximately 60 families have waited for months and months for a court date, with no end in sight, even though they have already met and bonded with a child. Countless other children remain in orphanages, and agencies are not getting any additional referrals.

We are going to remain on a wait list for Kyrgyzstan, but we are now going to throw our hat into the ring with Russia. If we didn't have bad luck in international adoption, we would have no luck at all. We will, however, persevere because we won't stop trying.

Here is the latest JCICS post:

February 17, 2009 - The U.S. Department of State does not recommend that U.S. citizens consider adoption from Kyrgyzstan at this time. Currently, no adoption cases are being processed, including at least sixty-five adoption cases by U.S. citizens already in progress. In addition, the Kyrgyz government is considering significant changes to its adoption regulations.

The Kyrgyz Government has formed an adoption commission that includes officials from the Vice Prime Minister’s office, the Ministries of Education, Social Protection and Labor, Foreign Affairs, Internal Affairs, and Justice, as well as the General Prosecutor’s office. This commission is responsible for drafting new adoption policy and legislation, with special emphasis on clarifying the roles and responsibilities of the different agencies involved. The commission will recommend whether the Kyrgyz Republic should join the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption. The commission plans to report to Parliament by March 20; the Parliament will then choose what action it will take on these proposals. The Kyrgyz government does not intend to process any adoption cases, new or pending, until the adoption commission issues its report and Parliament has taken action on its recommendations.

Although the new legislation likely will not affect existing cases of children already matched with adoptive parents, it will allow the Ministry of Education authority to resume processing these adoption dossiers. New adoption cases would be subject to any new requirements established by Parliament.

The U.S. Embassy continues to monitor the situation and will provide clarification as soon as it is received. This notice has also been posted at Adoption.State.Gov/news/notices.html.


Tami said...

UGH. How frustrating. Best of luck with Russia. We have three absolutely wonderful kids from that great country. Wish we could go back for more! :)

Drew, Michelle, Luke and Tetyana said...

Dang it!!!! I have everything crossed for you guys that your little one is waiting for you in Russia!

Kathy and Matt said...

I'm so sorry to read this post. What a bummer!

I hope Russia proves to be the country where your little one is waiting!