I have news! This is such an exciting time for my friends because they have been MATCHED and are going to get their 18 month old child very soon. I have blogged about them in the past. They are a neat couple who are adopting from Uganda. Just a couple weeks ago, I noticed an invite popped up on my Facebook. Sometimes I read them, sometimes I don’t. I am so glad that I did. It was an invitation to a baby shower given in their honor. I love it. They already have five children at home but the people of their church and family wanted to celebrate with them- what a sweet gesture. I cannot wait until I can tell you that they are home with their new child in tow!
The good news is that this indicates movement on the adoption front in Uganda. If you are adopting from that area take heart- some people are getting processed. It seems that the wait can be so long and yet when the child comes home, time begins to fly.
I did read that all adoptions in Malawi have been stalled indefinitely “due to a national strike of judicial employees…” The notice states that all adoptions were halted on January 9, 2012 for rectify the situation. This could take awhile to amend because of the large backlog of civil and criminal cases that will be left in its wake. According to the notice, every backlogged case will take precedence over adoption cases. The United States government is recommending that prospective adoptive parents not travel to Malawi until the strike is over and a absolute court date is appointed to their case. If you are adopting from this country in Africa, direct contact with your adoption agency is the best source of information. They will be the first to know of changes in the status of this adoption program.
Another report came in from Democratic Republic of Congo concerning their adoption program. This adoption program is struggling in the area of the release of adopted children to American parents even when all of the proper paperwork and visas are in place. This has happened fairly recently. The police have been called to intervene in some cases. Most of the cases have been resolved and the children were released into the care of their new parents of legal representatives. The US Embassy acknowledges that this has been occurring and is involved as much as possible. They state that they have very limited authority to intervene in these situations but desire that American citizens having this issue should notify the Consular Section.
African countries are not party to the Hague Convention and do not hold to its statutes.