Cambodia International AdoptionCambodia international adoption came to an end in December, 2001, due in large part to corruption and greed, but new steps are now being taken to again allow Americans to adopt Cambodian orphans.
Adoptions Ended by CorruptionIn December, 2001, international adoptions from Cambodia were suspended because of several complaints of fraud regarding adoption. Unfortunately, it was the same old story of those without a conscience taking advantage of the system by kidnapping children and lying or bribing birth parents to relinquish their children for private gain. These children were adopted out to unsuspecting parents who thought they were adopting orphans.
Plus there weren't enough local legal frameworks set up as well as other safeguards to make certain the children being adopted out of Cambodia were truly orphans without local family willing to take them in. Unfortunately, such corruption, often committed on a local level, tarnishes the image of international adoption and leaves many true orphans languishing in orphanages, often for years.
Such was the case with Cambodia. In the years 2000 and 2001, more than 1,500 children left Cambodia for a new home and family in the United States, but most adoptions had been suspended by the end of 2001, and in 2006, the last year a survey was taken, only two children from Cambodia came into the United States via adoption.
A New HopeAt the end of 2009, Cambodia signed into law new legislation on international adoption, creating a country-wide, comprehensive child welfare system and intercountry adoption process that is in compliance with the Hague Treaty.
According to the State Department's website, it's not certain when the door will open again for Cambodia international adoption, but this is a positive first step. How soon adoptions from Cambodia will be possible will depend on how soon Cambodia will be able to draft new orders and regulations, train and fill staffing positions, and strengthen their own domestic adoption system.
Other Helpful InformationThe high cost of international adoption is one reason many couples don't adopt. Don't let finances stand between you and your child. Learn more.
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The devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010, opened the eyes of the world to the desperate plight of Haitians, including the countless orphans of Haiti. American citizens especially have been moved to open their homes to these children, but the U.S. State Department is urging these parents to slow down. Read more.
Corruption and greed brought an end to adoptions from Cambodia, but new laws and regulations are now being established that might one day allow American parents to again adopt from Cambodia. Learn more.
It is possible to adopt from Honduras without using an agency, but you will need to know the language and have contacts there. Learn more.
An update to pursuing a Haiti adoption: It is now not only once again possible, but necessary in light of the devastating earthquake in 2010. Learn more.
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