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February 2020

February 11, 2020. Another Relinquishment. The Department of State has announced that Jewish Family and Career Services has relinquished their accreditation to provide intercountry adoption services. As what has now become a well-known procedure, "Families working with JFCS should contact them directly with questions about case or record transfer. We also encourage families to review the information published by IAAME about selecting a primary provider/adoption service provider and the accreditation/approval requirements." DOS has also posted that USCIS has the link If Your Agency is No Longer Accredited/Approved on its USCIS website.

February 6, 2020. More Adoption Service Providers Cease International Adoption Services. Last week, the Department of State announced that Vista Del Mar has relinquished its accreditation which permits it to perform international adoption services. On the same day DOS posted that International Adoption Services, Inc. has allowed its accreditation to expire. ASPs and prospective adoptive parents who are working with either agency should check the relevant DOS notice pages linked below in order to figure out what their next steps should be. The link may be found by clicking here.

February 5, 2020. New Mothers Will Get More Support to Encourage Family Preservation. New York City officials announced that they will be implementing a program of home visits to new mothers. This effort modeled after a successful program launched several years ago in Durham, North Carolina, offers every first time mother home visits from professionals which will screen for anxiety and post-partum depression as well as providing services for mental health field follow up care. With an estimated 20 percent of all mothers suffering from post-partum depression, these services lead to better outcome for children and families. To learn more, please click here.

February 4, 2020. Escorted Adoption Travel from Haiti Possible. The Office of Children's Issues in the past has warned prospective adoptive parents and adoption service providers to review Haiti's Travel Advisory and Country page. Given the difficult situation, PAPs have enquired about authorizing "an appropriate individual to escort their adopted child back to the United States. The Haitian Central Adoption Authority, IBESR, has now informed DOS that such escorting is permissible under Haitian law but reminds PAPs that they must also comply with U.S. adoption laws, in particular 22 CFR Part 96. DOS also states that "Adoption service providers should provide an estimate of the costs parents may incur using this travel process and parents should document all additional expenses." More Information.

February 3, 2020. ASPs and PAPs: Urgent Do Not Travel Advisory for China. The Department of State has posted the notice printed below concerning the Level 4: Do Not Travel Advisory for China directed to potential adoptive parents and adoption service providers. We print it here:
"Deferral of Adoption Travel to China."
On January 30, 2020, the Department of State issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel Advisory for China. The responses by Chinese authorities to the rapidly evolving coronavirus situation could cause great difficulties for adoptive parents as they attempt to conclude the adoption process and while they are traveling to, within, and from China. We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens defer travel to China for adoption purposes and that prospective adoptive parents contact their adoption service providers to discuss future plans. Although Consulate General Guangzhou's capacity to offer consular services is reduced, services to American citizens and adoptive families will be prioritized to the extent possible. Prospective adoptive parents who are in country and who have completed all aspects of the adoption and documentation process in China should contact the consulate through their adoption service provider for assistance.

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