From niece to cherished daughter. Kinship adoption works.

Hopscotch Adoptions, Inc is experienced in guiding and supporting families in crisis, when the need for a kinship adoption or kafala occurs.  If your family needs assistance in bringing an orphaned child relative to the US, as a permanent member of your family, Hopscotch would like to help you.

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Hopscotch Can Help. Kinship Adoption and Kafala.

Hopscotch Adoptions, Inc is experienced in guiding and supporting families in crisis, when the need for a kinship adoption or kafala occurs.  If your family needs assistance in bringing an orphaned child relative to the US, as a permanent member of your family, Hopscotch would like to help you.

Contact us: info@hopscotchadoptions.org

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News from Morocco

Moroccan-Baby-Shower%2006-26-2013 This week eleven Spanish families were permitted to return to Spain with their children.  One Pakistani family was declined.  No reason was given as to why the Pakistani family was denied.  As always, we’ll keep you updated as we learn more information. 

News from Morocco: Progress!!!!

[Monday, 18 February 2013 18:24]

th Following a meeting Hispano-Moroccan Monday, February 11th, the Spanish parents who have initiated proceedings to adopt a child Moroccan kafala could see their result files. Both governments are poised to agree on a mechanism to ensure that Morocco principles kafala are respected, even outside of Morocco, until the majority of the child.

Spain and Morocco are a step towards each other. While the Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs proposes to reauthorize the adoption of Moroccan children to foreign couples non-Muslims under certain conditions, the government plans to compel by law the parents who adopt kafala to follow rules this form of adoption. A meeting was held in Rabat, Monday, Feb. 11 between the two parties The conjunction of wills could unblock the situation of Spanish families trapped in their adoption process in kafala a Moroccan child.

In August last year, the Moroccan Minister of Justice Mustapha Ramid, had issued a circular prohibiting kafala couples foreigners living outside Morocco. "For how to control the extent of compliance with the Kafil brings its legal obligations not met, may result in the cancellation of the Kafala," explained the circular. In the months that followed, the government specified that the prohibition did not apply to foreign couples settled in Morocco, nor MRE.

Kafala refused to mixed couples

Since then, fifty Spanish families and a dozen French families who had begun a process of adopting a child Morocco are blocked in their efforts. In 2011, Moroccan courts had assigned 254 children kafalas to foreign couples, mainly Spanish with a majority of Catalans. "The French couples are mainly composed of mixed couples. Moroccan courts tend to give kafala, where is the man who is Moroccan, but not when it is the woman, "says Kamel Marhdaoui, treasurer of the association Kafala.fr

Spanish side, things could be unlocked, after a meeting in Rabat Monday, February 11, between the Director General of the International Legal Cooperation Spanish Angel Llorente and Moroccan justice minister, Mustapha Ramid, Spain proposes to Morocco to compel by law the Spanish parents who have guardianship of Moroccan children or orphanages in sub-Saharan collected Moroccan respect kafala, reports El Pais.

Compel by law

It would force the issue of Spanish parents to visit once a year to Morocco to verify compliance kafala or entrust the audit to juvenile judges Spanish. Morocco wants to ensure that children are not converted to Christianity and they keep their original names until their majority.

This proposal has any place like Morocco, as in an interview with Europapress, the Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine El Othmani, said that "what really want the Moroccan authorities, and he insists on it, it is a mechanism that allows them to monitor how the child is educated, "including the cultural and religious. He acknowledged that the requirement of residence in Morocco for foreign couples present in the circular was not present in the statute itself, "explicitly".

A "certification kafala" in France?

The shade and the progress made between Spain and Morocco could benefit French couples. "This is being done in Spain could be in France, but the problem in France, when you make a kafala, there is no pleasure, because it is not considered a full adoption," says Kamel Marhdaoui. The association tries to put pressure on the Moroccan and French governments for the creation of an "approval kafala" specific.

"Today’s social and psychological investigations that follow an adoption for any other child, are not routinely when a child is adopted Moroccan kafala. We would like a follow-up is done, for example, the Moroccan consulates in France, "says Kamel Marhadaoui.

Julie Chaudier

Source: http://www.yabiladi.com/articles/details/15568/kafala-maroc-deblocage-pour-parents.html

Hopscotch Summer 2012 Newsletter

Today we are releasing our “Summer 2012” newsletter.  We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed interacting with several of our families, to bring great stories and resources to your family.  Thanks for all of your support in helping us serve more children and a special thank you to our amazing Hopscotch client families! Our very best to you!

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Adoption News From Morocco

Hopscotch family on their way to meet their baby girl!! Congrats!!

News from Morocco

Hopscotch family arrived safely to Morocco. Meeting their new little boy this week! Wishing them all the best of luck…

Second Class Citizen, Again??

Second Class CitizenRecently the National Benefits Center (NBC) hosted a teleconference for both adoptive parents and agency representatives regarding the topic of Bringing Your Internationally Adopted Child to the United States.  The teleconference discussed the steps that should occur with USCIS after a family returns home to the United States with their adopted child.

Since I have been assisting children into families for more than 15 years, the teleconference lacked new information for the most part.  However, we did learn about a significant and disturbing new requirement that leaves me thinking about how far away we are in recognizing an adopted child as a legitimate and equal part of a family.

In the past, any child that entered the US under a full and final adoption decree, coupled with an IR3 or HR3 visa, was automatically granted full US citizenship upon reaching US soil, per the Child’s Citizenship Act of 2000.

Not so today!  If your child enters the US between the ages of 14-18 years of age, your child is not automatically bestowed US citizenship, regardless if they have entered the US with an IR3 or HR3 visa.

Before your child is granted US citizenship they must be issued an appointment to attend a Naturalization Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America ceremony by their local USCIS field office.

Once your child has successfully taken an Oath, only then will your 14-18 year old child be granted US citizenship.

I have never considered adoption as anything paramount to the priceless gift of a family forged of love.  How did it happen that our country now requires our adopted children to pledge an oath to our country as a criteria to be a legitimate part of our nation?  I am deeply saddened that my country has attached this new requirement and, in doing so, has effectively relegated  our children to the status of second class citizens.

Post Script: One agency representative of Carolina Adoption Services astutely asked the teleconference moderators what provisions would be made for children who have not yet mastered English to effectively take the Oath.  To date, there are no provisions in place to address this obvious issue.

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