I love Jan. She always asks the best questions. All of the questions are from Heeding Warnings – Important in International Adoptions?
Jan wants to know if adoptive parents read the notices and warnings from the US State Department.
Yes we do. We read them very closely.
Families do read the warnings. However many more get their information directly from the US Embassy in Kyiv. Anyone can email firstname.lastname@example.org and asked to added to their email list for adoption updates.
These notices are about families who completed their adoptions and didn’t turn in their post adoption reports (as they promised). The centralized government adoption department (SDAPRC) was shifted from the Education Ministry to the Family, Youth and Sport Ministry. So adoption was shut down for about 7 months in 2006. And quotas were established on how many dossiers would be accepted per year.
Many things have changed for Ukrainian adoption over the last 2 years. However I think there are 15 notices because Ukrainian adoptive parents demand information. Can they confirm the latest rumor that over 340 dossiers are waiting to be submitted? These would be dossiers for all citizens; American, French, Italian, Spanish, Irish, Israeli, Swiss. We want to know! ()
Jan wants to know why families risk an unethical adoption. Why do they disregard any news about a country’s problematic practices?
Because sometimes the warnings are wrong. The US Embassy can be wrong about their facts like everyone else.
There are 2 typical sources that generate these warnings. The Ukrainian government will directly talk with the US Embassy. Or adoptive parents will share their bad experiences on their way out of the country.
The US State Department and the US Embassy in Kyiv cannot violate a family’s privacy and share the details. So they may state:
The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv has received reports of questionable practices during the adoption process by adopting parents.
This is so generic it is almost useless. But there is additional information on this sentence. It was written in 2002.
it can be difficult to hold facilitators accountable for fraud, malfeasance, or other bad practices in general.
Reading between the lines some families complained about being ripped off in 2002. And they complained about various countries‘ adoption programs.
Wow, way to help out US State Department. Could you make it any more general?