“Race, Culture and Adoption” class offered
by Adoption Support Alliance. Saturday, March 11th from 1 - 3 pm at Christ
Central Church/ 658 Center in Charlotte. The cost is $50 per person and $60 per
couple. The course provides your family with 2 educational credit hours.
If your family is considering or has adopted transracially or
transculturally, this is a wonderful opportunity. Visit their webpage to
The country known as Georgia derives its name – “Gurgan,” the land of the wolves – from the Persian word for the “frightening and heroic people of that territory.”
Heroic doesn’t even begin to fully describe the Georgians. This fact was evident at the outset of World War I when a troop of crusader knights – in full Medieval armor – marched right up to the governor’s house in the Georgian capital, then called Tiflis (modern-day Tbilisi).
“Where’s the war?” They asked. “We hear there’s a war.”
the years, I’ve had a number of parents question me about what they
should say to their child when that child asks about his or her
biological parents. Adoptive families may have been provided with
varying amounts of information, from an extensive background that
includes APGAR scores to just a birthdate. Sometimes there is a vague
family history, or the child might even have some memories of their
birth family if placed as an older child. Most families have something
in between: usually a very basic history of parental death, abandonment,
voluntary placement, or removal from parental care. This leaves a hole
that is often difficult for both child and parents, as they attempt to
fill in the blanks from the past.
It is the responsibility of adoption professionals to try to guide
the parents in this area. Adoptive parents often expect that
professionals have some hidden store of information that was not
provided with the referral, or that the information expanded while in
the file and will provide the magical answers to their child’s
questions. Sometimes parents become anxious when they receive questions
from their child about their past prior to adoption. It is important for
parents to give information appropriate to the child’s level of
development; offering all the specifics at a young age may increase
anxiety for all involved.
Just as it is important to share the information the parent has on
the child’s family, so it is important not to fill in blanks when the
answer really isn’t known. Sometimes the adoptive parent may not have
any information, and the answer might be “I’m sorry, but I don’t know.”
Another option would be to ask the child, “What do you think?” As a
parent, these are not always easy discussions, but they are important to
As reported in our June 2016 Adoption Notice,
the Children Act Amendments of 2016 require non-Ugandan prospective
adoptive parents to spend one year living in Uganda fostering the
child(ren) they intend to adopt. It has come to the attention of the
Department of State that in an effort to fulfill that requirement, some
adoption service providers (ASPs) may be arranging for Ugandan residents
to foster children on behalf of U.S. prospective adoptive parents. We
urge prospective adoptive parents to carefully consider the following
information before considering using “proxy fostering.”
Officials from Uganda’s Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social
Development (MGLSD), which has authority over Uganda’s adoption process,
have told the State Department they are still in the process of
drafting regulations to define how the Children Act amendments will be
implemented. Therefore, there is limited information available about
Uganda’s adoption requirements, and no assurance that the Ugandan
government will accept proxy fostering as a way to fulfill the one-year
residence and fostering requirement for adoption. Moreover, the MGLSD
has verbally informed Embassy Kampala that its current intention is for
the regulations to require prospective adoptive parents to physically
reside in Uganda and foster their adoptive children there for a period
of 12 months.
If you have questions about this notice, please contact the Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please continue to monitor our website for updates on adoptions in Uganda.
The Office of Children’s Issues has received inquiries about the
January 27, 2017 Executive Order on Protecting the Nation from Terrorist
Attacks by Foreign Nationals, and how it may impact intercountry
adoptions involving children from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan,
Syria, and Yemen.
Travelers, including adopted children, who are nationals of one of
these countries, are not permitted to enter the United States or be
issued an immigrant or nonimmigrant visa for 90 days, beginning January
The Executive Order provides that “the Secretaries of State and
Homeland Security may, on a case-by-case basis, and when in the national
interest, issue visas or other immigration benefits to nationals of
countries for which visas and benefits are otherwise blocked.” We are
working closely with the Department of Homeland Security to identify
exceptions to this Executive Order that are in the national interest.
We will update adoption.state.gov as more information becomes available. Please contact email@example.com with inquiries related to specific intercountry adoptions already in process.