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New Rules For Adoptions From China Announced

feat_smUPDATE #1:  We are receiving numerous questions about "What exactly has changed?"  To clarify, at this early-stage of review, it appears that the following changes have taken place:

  • Youngest child in the home must be 3-years-old before a family may log-in their dossier
  • Single females may still adopt, but may have only 2 children living at home. Youngest child must be 3 years of age (formerly it was 6 years). Singles may  now be up to 50 years older than child (formerly 45)
  • Married couples may have up to 5 children in the home
  • Families must wait one full year after an adoption is complete before applying to adopt another child
  • Only one child may be adopted at a time  (unless a twin or sibling)

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News from Serbia: Congratulations to the Tell Family on the adoption of Miss Nina!

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News from Armenia: Three families adopting from Hopscotch

News from Armenia: Three families adopting from Hopscotch Adoptions’ Waiting Child Program received their Article 16 Packages this week!  Hoping for all the children to come home soon in the coming months.

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U.S. Secretary of State Meeting with Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) President

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Adoption Alert

August 5, 2014

Democratic Republic of the Congo

U.S. Secretary of State Meeting with Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) President

On August 4, Secretary of State John Kerry met with DRC President Joseph Kabila to stress the urgency of lifting the suspension on the issuance of exit permits for Congolese adopted children.  Secretary Kerry strongly emphasized our humanitarian concern for the children and families affected by the suspension, and urged that children whose adoptions were completed in Congolese courts should be allowed to obtain exit permits and join their adoptive families in the United States. 

President Kabila did not provide any new information during the meeting regarding the DRC government’s policy to not review cases during the suspension.  President Kabila stated that the DRC adoption process has involved many inconsistencies in case processing and needs to be reformed.   

The Department of State deeply regrets that families continue to face an indefinite wait for exit permits.  We will continue to stress to the DRC government our concern for Congolese adopted children who are not able to obtain exit permits and stress our commitment to addressing the Congolese concerns about intercountry adoptions.  Our offers to provide technical expertise, and to bring a delegation of Congolese officials to the United States, remain on the table and will continue to be reiterated at every opportunity. 

Please direct questions related to this alert or a specific adoption from the DRC to the Department of State, Office of Children’s Issues at 1-888-407-4747 within the United States, or 202-501-4444 from outside the United States.  Email inquiries may be directed to ExitPermitSuspensionDRC@state.gov

News from Armenia

DSC01869%20(2) A Hopscotch family welcomes their beautiful, one and only, daughter.  Two amazing big brothers anxiously await her arrival home next week!

News from Armenia

FReeper%20Canteen%20~%20Happy%20Mother%20'%20s%20Day%20!!%20~%2012%20May%202013 More Hopscotch family news to celebrate!!  Another family officially registered to adopt their lovely (and very smart) daughter.  This child waited 8 years in Armenia for a family to call her own… finally her family found her and we can’t wait for her to come home this summer. 

News from Armenia & Bulgaria

DSC00378 One very proud Mom asks… "How did I get so lucky?!?!"  This photo captures a Hopscotch Happy Family.

News from Bulgaria

i-love-you2Four Hopscotch families traveled to Bulgaria this month to meet their children through our Waiting Child program.  A total of seven children were matched to these four families.  Two more families are awaiting I-800 approval to complete their adoption.  A very Merry Christmas indeed!

News from Armenia

693086179Congratulations to our Hopscotch family on their successful court hearing for TWO beautiful Armenian children!!!  We are so very happy for all of you!!!!

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