Saturday, March 22, 2014

Armenian Adoption 2013 numbers from the US State Department from Armenia to the US 12 adoptions



 

2013 Adoption numbers internationally to the USA was 7,094

 

12 from Armenia, with only 2 being considered as “healthy”

 

Foreign Adoptions to USA decline sharply

NEW YORK March 21, 2014 (AP)
By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer

The number of foreign children adopted by U.S. parents plunged by 18 percent last year to the lowest level since 1992, due in part to Russia's ban on adoptions by Americans. Adoptions from South Korea and Ethiopia also dropped sharply.

Figures released Friday by the U.S. State Department for the 2013 fiscal year showed 7,094 adoptions from abroad, down from 8,668 in 2012 and down about 69 percent from the high of 22,884 in 2004. The number has dropped every year since then.

As usual, China accounted for the most children adopted in the U.S. But its total of 2,306 was far below the peak of 7,903 in 2005.

Ethiopia was second at 993, a marked decline from 1,568 adoptions in 2012. Ethiopian authorities have been trying to place more abandoned children with relatives or foster families, and have intensified scrutiny of orphanages to ensure that children placed for adoption are not part of any improper scheme.

Russia had been No. 3 on the list in 2012, with 748 of its children adopted by Americans. But that number dropped to 250 for 2013, representing adoptions completed before Russia's ban took effect.

The ban served as retaliation for a U.S. law targeting alleged Russian human-rights violators. It also reflected resentment over the 60,000 Russian children adopted by Americans in the past two decades, about 20 of whom died from abuse, neglect or other causes while in the care of their adoptive parents.

Moving into the No. 3 spot for 2013 was Ukraine, currently engaged in political conflict with Russia. Ukraine accounted for 438 adoptions, followed by Haiti with 388, Congo with 313 and Uganda with 276.

Despite the relatively high numbers of adoptions from the Congo, that African country has been the cause of heartache from some American families trying to adopt Congolese children. In several instances, U.S. parents have obtained court approval for adoptions and taken custody of the children, only to be denied exit permits that would enable them to bring the children to the United States. They face a choice of living in the Congo with their children or returning to the U.S. without them.

"It's a terrible shame," said Susan Jacobs, the State Department's special adviser on children's issues.

Along with Russia and Ethiopia, the biggest contributor to the one-year drop was South Korea, which accounted for 627 U.S. adoptions in 2012 but only 138 last year. Jacobs said this decline was due primarily to new adoption procedures implemented by South Korea.

The last time there were fewer foreign adoptions to the U.S. was in 1992, when there were 6,472, and the downward trend has dismayed many advocates of international adoption.

Chuck Johnson, CEO of the National Council of Adoption, contended that the decline stems in part from the way the State Department has applied the Hague Convention on Inter-Country Adoption, which establishes ethical standards for international adoptions.

The U.S. entered into the agreement in 2008 with strong support from adoption advocates who hoped it would curtail fraud and corruption, and then lead to a boom in legitimate adoptions. Instead, the decrease has continued.

"The U.S. has encouraged and in some cases strong-armed impoverished countries to sign the Hague Convention and then cites their inability to comply with strict Hague standards as a reason for not doing intercountry adoption with them," Johnson said.

Johnson expressed hope that Congress would support a bill introduced with bipartisan support last year — the Children in Families First Act — that would encourage more adoptions of foreign orphans. It would create a new bureau in the State Department assigned to work with non-governmental organizations and foreign countries to minimize the number of children without families — through family preservation and reunification, kinship care, and domestic and international adoption.

Concerns about corruption, child-trafficking and baby-selling have prompted the United States to suspend adoptions from several countries in recent years, including Vietnam, Cambodia, Guatemala and Nepal.

However, Jacobs said some adoptions from Vietnam — mostly involving children with special needs — were expected to resume soon. She said a Vietnamese delegation was due in the U.S. next month to interview U.S. adoption agencies with the aim of selecting some to operate in Vietnam.

"One thing that remains constant is our support for intercountry adoptions and our determination that they are done ethically and transparently," Jacobs said. "I can't think of anything worse than for a child to be consigned to an institution when they should be with a family."

The State Department reported that 84 American children were adopted by residents of foreign countries last year — 35 of them went to Canada and 38 to the Netherlands.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Armenian Adoption Alert from the US State Department and Armenian Embassy

So soon after a particular person was just in Armenia (JS former BFF of RS) 



Notice: Reminder: Adoption Processing in Armenia

March 18, 2014

The U.S. Embassy in Yerevan has received reports that prospective adoptive parents are being given misleading information about the adoption process in Armenia. Specifically, there may be misleading information as to who is authorized to provide adoption services and which children are eligible for intercountry adoption.
Please note that Armenian law does not authorize professional facilitators, adoption agencies, or attorneys to provide adoption services in Armenia; it allows prospective adoptive parents to grant a power of attorney to an individual to handle most aspects of the adoption process on their behalf.  Some U.S. adoption service providers have contacts with local individuals to fulfill this role.
U.S. citizens wishing to adopt in Armenia should contact the Ministry of Justice, the central adoption authority of Armenia, to inquire about applicable laws and procedures.
U.S. prospective adoptive parents and adoption service providers are reminded that adoption services in Armenia can only be completed through direct contact with the Ministry.
Contact information for the adoption authority and the U.S. Embassy in Armenia is listed below:
ARMENIA’S ADOPTION AUTHORITY:
The Ministry of Justice
41A Halabyan Street
Yerevan, Armenia
Tel: 374-10-319-093
Internet:
www.gov.am
Email:
stepanyan.argam@gmail.com
The Department of State will provide updated information on adoption.state.gov as it becomes available.  If you have any questions about this notice, please contact the 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 AdoptionUSCA@state.gov

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Armenian Adoption Adventure, Serbian Adoption Alert !!!!

An Adoption agency that we have had nothing but problems with in Armenia is claiming to have some sort of "exclusive" new Serbia Adoption program.  They are advertising they are "accepting applications"

Is someone lying AGAIN?
http://www.hopscotchadoptions.org/pages/serbia.html


Suppose if she is lying (again) she will merely blame the people in country and act innocent to any wrong doing.  However, come July 2014- the in country facilitators will also have to be accredited and in line with the ASP (Adoption Service Providers) they procure children for. (Eduard Amalyan are you READING this--remember you are still referred to as "staff" even though Armenia doesn't recognize the work of Adoption Agencies in their country)
WATCH OUT - COME JULY 2014 YOU WILL BE 100% RESPONSIBLE AND WILL HAVE TO DECLARE ALL THAT CASH FOR TAXES IN ARMENIA.


First of all, Serbia is NOT a party to the Hague or a Hague signatory country.  Why does this agency who is Hague accredited push adoptions in these non Hague countries like: Bulgaria, Ghana (now closed to adoptions) and Morocco (open to muslims only) or in controversial countries like Colombia or the Congo.  Merely speculating but maybe because the oversight has not been so great, take for example her buddy Sue Hedberg and the Ethiopian fiasco (another non Hague Country) and her denial of Hague Acrediation 2 times.  (This site will also later post about the latest US State Department arrest of 4 individuals from an American ASP for fraud adoptions) and another DEATH of an adopted child just last week. 

When checking with the US State Department web site, there is a warning about Adoption Agencies that claim to have a program in Serbia.  HERE IS THE ADOPTION ALERT FOR SERBIA:



 

Excerpt from the State Department page:

Alert: Serbia Adoption Reports of Misleading Guidance on Intercountry Adoptions from Serbia


This Adoption Alert is a follow up to the Alert of March 29, 2013.

The U.S. Embassy in Belgrade has received reports that one or more U.S. adoption service providers may be providing prospective adoptive parents misleading information about the Serbian adoption process.  Specifically, there may be misleading information as to who is authorized to provide adoption services and which children are eligible for intercountry adoption.  

Serbia places a priority on domestic adoption.  Generally, only children with special needs are available for intercountry adoption.  Adoption services in Serbia can be completed either through direct contact with the Ministry or with the assistance of an authorized U.S. adoption service provider.  A small number of U.S. adoption service providers are authorized by the Serbian Ministry of Labor, Employment, and Social Policy to provide services related

Officical page for Serbia here where only 5 adoptions to the USA were reported in 2012 and they were highly special needs.  The healthy children are adopted to local Serbians


 You can also report this and ask more questions to the Belgrade Adoption US Gov., Children's Social Ministry of Serbia, or to the Serbian Embassy in the USA that has very strong and ancient roots with Armenia.  Here are their e mail addresses.  Or you can call them for more information

belgradeadoptions@state.gov

socijalna_zastita@minrzs.gov.rs

info@serbiaembusa.org

askCI@state.gov

UPDATE ON SERBIA AS OF APRIL 1, 2014  referenced from http://www.serbianadoption.blogspot.com

They are the brothers to Armenians and their flag still bares the Byzantine symbol of 2 brave eagles!

It appears there is more than 500 Serbian families waiting for the healthy children, all that is available is older and special needs (coupled together)  There was only 5 Serbian Adoptions to the USA last year.  
Serbia Continues to Move Forward
Since 2007 Serbia has been under a mandate to empty all the institutions in the country. Their priority, in this order, is to get kids  1) reunited with birth families 2) placed with domestic adoptive families 3) Placed with Serbian foster families 4) International adoptive families. International adoption is the exception to the rule in Serbia.

There are approximately 500-600 Serbian families waiting to adopt healthy infants. Because Serbia has a negative birth rate, healthy infants are not available for international adoption.

In Serbia, a child can be located in a facility on the other side of the country from where their Center is located, it is possible the Center has not had contact with a child for many years. Recently all the Centers for Social Care (which are like the U.S. county level) have been notified and directed to go through the records of all children they service. There are many children in the country who are eligible for adoption (either domestically or internationally) who have never actually been registered.

In June and July there were many children added to the registry, and in September and October more will be added. Those children already added include those with Down syndrome, older (healthy) children although the local Serbians get first priority, Roma children, and children with developmental difficulties. For those who have asked, so far there are no children who have HIV+, but this could change in the fall when the registry will be updated again.


Friday, January 31, 2014

Armenian Adoption Adventure, Senator McCaskill meets with real life heroine of oscar nominated film "Philomena" discuss ways to unite Irish children seperated from their families via Adoptions

Senator McCaskill meets with real heroine of academy award nominated "Philomena" to
discuss ways to unit children stolen from Irish mothers for adoption to US Families

 
 
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today met with Philomena Lee to discuss Irish adoption laws and Philomena’s work to reunite American children separated from their Irish families through forced adoption. The story of Philomena’s decades-long search for the son who was forcibly adopted and raised by a family in St. Louis, Mo., is the subject of a recent book and Oscar-nominated film.
“Philomena’s story is heart-wrenching, and she has one of the most just causes you could possibly have—the simple premise that if a child is taken from a mother against her will, there should be an easy way to reconnect with that child,” McCaskill said. “Unfortunately in Ireland, for many years there was a repugnant practice of children taken from their young mothers, put in a home, and when the child got a certain age, shipped off to America to new parents. I have a blended family of seven children. All of my husband’s children from his first marriage are adopted, and we are fortunate in that his oldest son has reconnected with his birthmother—we know and socialize with her, and they have a wonderful relationship. So I know firsthand how important it is to keep those doors open and to allow the transparency and availability of adoption records so that children and parents can have the opportunity to reunite when it is their life’s wish.”
Philomena and her daughter Jane Libberton were inspired to take action on the issue of forced adoption by the recent outpouring of support surrounding the true story of Philomena’s decades-long search her son, who was taken from her while living at the Sean Ross Abbey in Rosecrea, Ireland. Philomena and her son Anthony were deliberately kept apart and never reunited, despite the fact each was actively looking for the other.
Sitting alongside McCaskill today, Philomena and her daughter talked about her family’s story.
“He died thinking I abandoned him,” Philomena said of her son. “But I know he’s now at peace.”
Philomena and her daughter created the Philomena Project in association with the Adoption Rights Alliance. The Philomena Project aims to prevent similar tragedies and reconcile families that were separated under similar circumstances in honor of Anthony’s memory. It is calling on the Irish government to make adoption records public and transparent as swiftly as possible.
 


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Armenian Adoption Adventure, 4 academy award nominations for "Philomena" true story of children stolen into International Adoption




 
Philomena is the true story of one mother’s search for her lost son, taken by International Adoption

Falling pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena was sent to the convent of Roscrea to be looked after as a “fallen woman”. When her baby was only a toddler, he was taken away by the nuns for adoption in America. Philomena spent the next fifty years searching for him in vain.

Then she met Martin Sixsmith, a world-weary political journalist who happened to be intrigued by her story. Together they set off for America on a journey that would not only reveal the extraordinary story of Philomena’s son, but also create an unexpectedly close bond between them.

The film is a compelling narrative of human love and loss and ultimately celebrates life. It is both funny and sad and concerns two very different people, at different stages of their lives, who help each other and show that there is laughter even in the darkest places.

The book “The Lost Child Of Philomena Lee” was published in 2009. It acted as a catalyst for thousands of adopted Irish children and their ‘shamed’ mothers to come forward to tell their stories. Many are still searching for their lost families.

Sadly, this same true story plays out in today’s world where poor mothers particular those that are single have little option but to relinquish their children for cash.  Us Armenians know this story all too well and this behavior continues although it has been curtailed with more procedures and additional layers of checks and balances. 

In Ireland the Catholic Church was responsible for much of this, separating the children from their mothers and unlawfully detaining the mothers in work laundry.  They church took possession of their children and without the mother’s permission sold the children into Adoption, mostly to Americans.

How is it that a woman with money in the west can abuse the rights of a poor single woman in a country where their rights are not heard?  Watch the movie it is great and up for 4 academy awards. 

 

 


Armenian Adoption Adventure, documentary about Armenian Orphans makes it's way to Lebanon and back to USA

Award winning documentary "Orphans of the Genocide" by my friend film maker Bared Maronian
has just had a successful showing in Lebanon.  They travel back for a showing in Los Angeles for the Armenians of Istanbul and up to Northern California where we have 3 showings scheduled.  In San Francisco, San Jose and at UC Berkely. 

Hope to see you at some of the showings: