Little Miracles International | Friday, January 04, 2013
On January 2, 2012 the U.S. Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues released the following alert regarding the status of intercountry adoptions between the United States and Cambodia. The update can be found on their website here. Notice: Update on Status of Intercountry Adoptions between the United States and Cambodia The United States has determined that it will not be able to process intercountry adoptions in Cambodia at this time, under the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-Operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (the Convention).
Despite Cambodia’s initiatives to strengthen its child welfare system and improve the integrity of its domestic and intercountry adoption processes, it does not yet have a fully functional Convention process in place. We caution adoption service providers and prospective adoptive parents that important steps, consistent with the requirements of the Convention, must take place before intercountry adoptions between the United States and Cambodia may resume.
Adoption service providers should neither initiate nor claim to initiate adoption services in Cambodia for prospective adoptive parents in the United States until they receive notification from the Department of State.