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February 2020

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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