Dept of State 2013 Annual Report on Intercountry Adoption

Little Miracles International | Tuesday, March 25, 2014 | Links to this post | 0 Comments
On Friday, March 21st, the US Department of State published its 2013 Annual Report on Intercountry Adoption.   

2013 Report Highlights
·         IA by US citizens decreased by 18% vs. 2012
·         This decrease is largest since the 27% drop in 2009, and the second largest in the past 10 years
·         IA of US born children decreased by 15% vs. 2012
·         The average number of days to complete a Convention adoption was 310 days (from submission of 800a application to visa issuance)
·         For the 8th straight year, DOS has not debarred an accredited agency or person

Also ABC News posted a report to go along with this report:  

Foreign Adoptions by Americans Decline Sharply

March 11, 2014

The Department of State is not currently aware of delays in the intercountry adoption process in Ukraine following former President Yanukovych’s February 22 departure from Kyiv and the Ukrainian Parliament’s establishment of a new government on February 27. 

The Department has received information from the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs that it remains open and that delays are not currently expected in the issuance of Ukrainian passports to adopted children beyond the normal 10 day processing timeline. 

 The U.S. Embassy remains open and is providing full consular services including issuance of immigrant visas to adopted children. Consular officers at the U.S. Embassy are actively engaged and in direct communication with those adoptive parents who may be affected by the current situation. U.S. families in Ukraine completing an intercountry adoption are encouraged to communicate directly with the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv at 

Additional questions regarding intercountry adoption may also be directed to the Office of Children’s Issues at For more information regarding the current situation in Ukraine and the latest travel warning please visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ website at

Are you a single parent, or are you single and considering becoming a parent? Join us for this teleconference!

Date: Thursday, March 6th, 2014
Time: 7:30 - 8:30 pm CST
Place: LMI's Teleconference Line (Email for Dial-In Number)

Our discussion will center around the countries open and supportive to singles. We'll talk about parent criteria, and program process. We'll also present some things we'd like you to think about as you decide to build your family, unique to singles.

And of course, there isn't a teleconference without discussing the children available for adoption in these countries :) We will not only detail the typical child available in the programs, but also how the waiting child program works.

Meet Emily and Jabin. In March, 2011, she attended our Teleconference for singles considering adoption. She took that leap of faith and was early on in the paperwork, when she laid eyes on the child who she knew would be her son. In just over a year, life had changed for both Emily and Jabin!!!

Looking forward to meeting you tomorrow evening, and help you find your Little Miracle!!

Consulate New York - Kazakhstan

The Director of the Cultural Center of Kazakhstan, Alia Alhan, invites all families who have adopted from Kazakhstan to celebrate the Kazakh Culture in NYC. 

Date: March 8th, 2014. 

Time:  4:00pm 
Place:  244 West 54th Street, NYC (between 8th Ave and Broadway in Manhattan)

On the agenda...Dombra playing, traditional light refreshments, and  activities for the children.    While the event is free, there is limited space.   If you are interested in attending with your family, please email    

As a parent of two Kazakh children, I have found these events to be wonderful to connect with other families.   If you attend, please let us know how you enjoyed it!