The US Department of State announced the suspension of new adoption cases for children who have been identified as abandoned. This is effective today, August 6,2010 to all families who have not yet received a referral. The Department of State has concluded that the documentation they have seen with referrals is not reliable, and they can no longer reasonably determine if a child is an orphan.
The state mentioned that there are 80 cases that have been matched in Nepal, but there is no I600 petition or visa. We will be contacting our facilitator in Nepal today for more information regarding all of our Nepal families. At this point, we do not expect to see any referrals from Nepal, as all referrals have been abandonment cases from Nepal. USCIS is allowing all families to transfer their case to another country at no cost.
IAN will keep you informed as we hear more information. We are happy to speak with about Nepal and your options. Please do not hesitate to contact us anytime!
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