Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Ghana Adoption Alert

th The Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues has issued the following alert regarding adoptions from Ghana. Issued May 13, 2013.

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 adoption.state.gov 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 AdoptionUSCA@state.gov.

Hopscotch is suspending acceptance of *new* applications until further directed by the Department of State.  All cases with court decrees issued at the time of the alert will continue to be processed by the US Embassy in Accra. 

Hopscotch supports the temporary suspension, which allows the Ghanaian government to reorganize their adoption processes, ensuring all children are receiving protection and ethical services.  Hopscotch continues to advocate for ethical and legal adoption procedures and practices. 

In advance preparation of Universal Accreditation Act, set to be implemented in July 2014, non-Hague Convention countries' are demonstrating a serious commitment to child protection and working only with US licensed and Hague accredited adoption service providers.

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