Last week the US Department of Satate issed a legnthy warning regarding adoptions from Nepal. The opening phrases alone are enough to pretty much put an end to that path for us.
April 9, 2010
The U.S. Department of State strongly discourages prospective adoptive parents from choosing adoption in Nepal because of grave concerns about the reliability of Nepal’s adoption system and the accuracy of the information in children’s official files. The Department also strongly discourages adoption service providers from accepting new applications for adoption from Nepal until reforms are made, and to be vigilant about operating in an ethical manner under the current adoption system.
And there is this:
Although the U.S. Embassy in Nepal has only seen a handful of adoption cases since the new Terms and Conditions went into effect, we share many of the concerns outlined in the Hague report. As a case in point, in one of the first cases processed by the Government of Nepal after the revision of the Terms and Conditions, the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu found that the adopted child was not a true orphan and that the birth parents were actively searching for the child.
And this, which they made a point of putting in bold text:
We encourage parents who have filed an application with the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare (MWCSW) in Nepal, but have not yet been matched with a child or received an Adoption Decree issued by the Government of Nepal, to consider a change of countries.
So, about Nepal…
Though we are currently taking a wait and see approach, and have already moved ourselves back a year to the 2011 paperwork submission list, I no longer have warm fuzzies over adoption from this country. Our agency sent some key people to Nepal over the last few weeks and I look forward to hearing their perspective, though, honestly, I doubt it will change my current point of view.