Children's Hope International posted it's commentary review of the April 6th phone conversation. Read it here.
This is the pack of slides that go along with this presentation. Slides.
This is a very good presentation. It seems that the main thing that they are working to change is to have USCIS verify the orphan status of the child before the child goes to court so that when Ethiopia declares the child legally and irrevocably adopted by the new family then the Embassy can be sure that the status of the child also follows US guidelines and is as sure as possible that this is true and verified fact. This is a good idea. It is also what the court is hoping to do so that would work in tandem.
I appreciate that the court is saying that it will push through those who have been given a court date. After that they will implement better investigations to verify orphan status of children. Due to this they will not process as many per day. Then they will see how that goes and alter as needed. I am glad that all the major parties are invested in ethical practice and will be working together to ensure this. I believe that this will help to bring the number up again in time. Of, course only for those children who are really and truly adoptable. This is of course in everyone's best interest not just the child. Really who wants to adopt a child who will later tell you that their situation is quite different than what you were told.
Sounds like encouraging news all around. Not fast, but it is the effort to maintain "open for adoption" status and to clean up ethics that will benefit the program the most in the long run.
Monday, April 11, 2011
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