Monday, August 9, 2010

International Adoption from Nepal Halted

USCIS and the Department of State (DOS) today issued a joint statement on the decision to suspend processing for new adoption cases based on abandonment in Nepal. This decision was made because the DOS has found that documents presented to describe and “prove” the abandonment of children in Nepal are unreliable. Civil documents, such as the children’s birth certificates often include data that has been changed or fabricated. In one case that the DOS investigated, the birth parents were actively searching for a child who had been matched with an American family for adoption. Accordingly, the Government can no longer reasonably determine whether a child documented as abandoned qualifies as an orphan. Without reliable documentation, it is not possible for the United States Government to process an orphan petition to completion.

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