I am going jump all over the board in this post because there are things that have happened in various areas. First, the good news! If any of you have been waiting for Sierra Leone to re-open, the day has come. On April 30, 2012, the government of Sierra Leone released a notification that they have re-opened their intercountry adoption program. This program has been closed since May, 2009. The notice states that the adoptions will take place under the old legal structure but new laws are being processed. Sierra Leone officials strongly encourage all prospective adoptive parents to read all of the laws governing adoption from this country in order to fully understand what is expected.
The other news that I have this morning is that my friends have returned from Uganda with their baby/toddler. Things turned out differently then they had anticipated but they are home. I am not at liberty to tell all of their experience but I can say that they have their child and love him very much. The great thing about hearing this is that we know that cases are being processed out of Uganda. If you are waiting, take heart in that information.
African adoption is sometimes difficult because there is little regulation. When conditions are so hard and regulations not in place, fraud and mishandling can occur. This is what has slowed down and stopped so many of the adoption programs in this area. In this regard, Malawi continues to be under a shut down due to a judicial strike. The governmental officials of this area have released a statement regarding the shut down stating that no one should travel to Malawi until an absolute court date is given to them
I you are interested in adoption from Africa, research all venues carefully. Almost every program from this area has been touched by fraud or paper mishandling in the last few years. This has caused a drop in the number of adoptions that are being processed greatly. Africa is aware of the situation and is working to rectify it but this takes time, effort and money- none of which are plentiful. There are many blogs, groups and books that can keep you updated about the current status of all areas of adoption in Africa. This would be worth your time and effort so that you are fully aware of all circumstances.
African countries are not party to the Hague Convention and do not hold to its statutes.