May 28, 2013

On May 24, 2013, the Republic of Korea (South Korea) signed the Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (the Convention).  This is the first step for South Korea in becoming a Convention partner.  Adoptions between the United States and South Korea, however, are not yet subject to the requirements of the Convention and relevant implementing laws and regulations.  According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, which will be designated as South Korea’s Central Authority, there is no set date when South Korea will deliver its instrument of ratification or when the Convention will enter into force with respect to South Korea.  
The Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues has issued the following alert regarding adoptions from Ghana.

The Government of Ghana has temporarily suspended processing of all adoption cases, including intercountry adoptions, pending Ghana’s review of its current adoption procedures. The U.S. Embassy in Accra is seeking further clarification of the scope and duration of this temporary suspension by the Government of Ghana and how this suspension may effect pending adoptions. The U.S. Embassy will continue processing adoption cases already approved by Ghanaian authorities.The Department of State will continue providing updated information on 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
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Adopting the Older Child: Joys and Challenges.  
Date: Thursday, 5/9
Time: 7:30pm CST.  

If you're considering adopting a child age 4+, this is a helpful way to explore.   We'll discuss: 
- Referral process in different countries,
- Transition, including meeting, first days together, language, siblings,
- Firsts to share together, and
- Planning realistic expectations - how your child may feel. 

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