Well the weekend is officially over and everyone is back to the grind at work! With the next week in sight, what better time to catch up on all of your current adoption news from the past week—including country and domestic updates, relevant articles, book recommendations, interesting websites, even how we are seeing adoption being talked about in movies, television, the media, etc.
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This past week in adoption:
U.S. State Department on Intercountry Adoption
Last week the U.S. State Department issued two different alerts to prospective adoptive parents. One from India, and the other from Serbia. On Thursday, the 28th, The Central Adoption Resource Authority of India (CARA) informed the State Department that it is accepting new applications for intercountry adoptions from prospective adoptive parents in foreign countries, including the United States, seeking to adopt children habitually resident in India. On Friday the 29th, U.S. Embassy Belgrade received reports that one or more U.S. adoption agencies may be giving prospective adoptive parents misleading information about the process of adoption in Serbia. Serbia places a priority on domestic adoption. The only children who are generally available for intercountry adoption are children with special needs. There are no adoption agencies authorized to offer adoption services in Serbia, and families should not seek to work with an intermediary.
The Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra of Kinshasa
Many of our families are currently in process to adopt children from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The DRC is one of the poorest countries in the world, while famine and disease (including AIDS) are leading causes of death in the Democratic Republic of Congo, leaving thousands of children without parents. It is estimated that 15% of children under the age of 18 are orphans in this country of 68 million people.However despite all of the brokenness, this is a story of beauty from the ashes. In Kinshasha, the capitol city, “Maestro Armand Diangienda, a former pilot, began an orchestra with neither teachers, instruments, musicians nor anyone who could read music.” Now boasting over 200 players in the orchestra, these individuals are “defying the poverty of their war-torn country by learning and performing classical music.”
Oklahoma couple hopes documentary speeds up foreign adoption
This is a testimony from an Oklahoma couple covered by a local news station. They share about their experience with international adoption and the documentary “STUCK.”