The United States Department of State issues frequent adoption alerts for Americans adopting internationally and overseas. These alerts include notices that some adoptions are suspended from certain countries, provides information about countries not in compliance with the Hague Adoption Convention and much more. It is advised that any American seeking to complete an international adoption refer to this government website frequently for the latest updates and information. The latest updates include:
- Lesotho – As of March 1, 2013, a notice was issued stating that adoptions from Lesotho will begin under the required Hague Adoption Convention.
- Haiti – As of February 8, 2013, an alert was issued stating that Haiti is authorizing certain U.S. adoption service providers.
- Democratic Republic of the Congo – On February 7, 2013, a notice was released saying that the Embassy is changing adoption-related immigrant visa processing.
- Nigeria – On January 29, 2013, a notice was released stating that adoption and guardianship decrees lack current adoption laws and people of non-Nigerian heritage may not be permitted to adopt.
- South Korea – On January 25, 2013, they began implementing a Special Adoption Act, which prioritizes domestic adoptions and further reduces overseas adoptions.
- Russia – On January 24, 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law stating that U.S. citizens are restricted from adopting Russian children.
- Cambodia – On January 2, 2013, the U.S. released a statement saying that it cannot process adoptions from Cambodia due to violations related to the Hague Convention.
- Nepal – On December 31, 2012, the U.S. urged Americans not to adopt from Nepal, as many adoption service providers are not authorized to facilitate adoptions in this country.
- Vietnam – On December 18, 2012, a notice was issued stating that Vietnam is implementing new laws related to adoption, decrees and enforcing a public information strategy.
- India – On December 1, 2012, an alert stating that India is freezing applications for U.S. adoptions was issued.
- Mali – On November 26, 2012, a notice was issued saying that native Mali persons can adopt Mali children. While this law is ambiguous, it is being enforced in some areas.
- Taiwan – On October 25, 2012, a notice was issued that the U.S. and Taiwan would be entering into talks to discuss and implement Pre-Adoption Immigration Review Processes.
- Columbia – On October 22, 2012, Columbia restated their procedures for helping to determine children’s eligibility for out out-of-country adoptions.
Heart to Heart is a Utah adoption agency that offers both private adoption ad open adoption services. They strive to facilitate domestic adoptions within the U.S.