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I hope this blog will be helpful to you in your adoption whether you are considering, waiting or home. I started this blog when we were adopting and found there was next to nothing on the web in any orderly manner. I set about to collect information for myself and then for others. Now, there are more sites for resources, but still not much that brings it all together. I hope this blog will serve as a sort of clearing house for Ethiopian Adoption Information. Please feel free to contribute your knowledge through commenting.
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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Survey on Intercountry Adoption USCIS

The U.S. Citizenship and Nationalization Service (USCIS) today launched a survey to receive feedback on the experiences of adoptive families when interacting with U.S. government officials during the intercountry adoption process. This represents a great opportunity to help improve the current process. All questions should be answered based on a family's personal experience with U.S. government officials (not with adoption agency representatives) . Note that the responses will be consolidated and presented in a cumulative format. No personal identifying information will be divulged.

Results received by February 14 at 5:00pm will be made available to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for use in an upcoming roundtable on intercountry adoption. The survey will remain open until March 1.

If you are an adoptive parent or prospective adoptive parent, please use the following link: 8Xe3f

If you represent an adoption agency, please use the following link: 8Xe4h

There is a great deal of confusion as to where this survey actually originates. They state above that this is from USCIS. However, it would seem that it is not directly from USCIS.  This survey is being conducted by a group called Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.   For more information about them here is the link.
"The Senate Foreign Relations Committee opened this survey to gather information from adoptive families, potential adoptive families and adoption service providers about their experience with the U.S. government during the adoption process. It represents a unique opportunity for the adoption community to inform U.S. government policy makers about their experiences and express their opinions regarding the services provided by the U.S. government."

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