Update re Nepal Adoption from US Dept of State

Notice: Nepal

U.S. Department of
State Continues to Recommend Against Adopting from Nepal

19, 2012


On  August 6, 2010, the U. S. Department of State and United States Citizenship and
Immigration Services  (USCIS) suspended processing of new adoption cases from Nepal involving
children claimed to have been found abandoned, because documents presented in
support of the abandonment of these children in Nepal were unreliable.
Cases involving relinquishment by known birth parent(s) were not affected by
the suspension.

Recently,  the Government of Nepal informed the U.S. Department of State that there may be
a small number of children who will be found eligible for intercountry adoption
by the Government of Nepal as relinquishment cases in 2012.  The U.S.
Department of State continues to strongly recommend that prospective
adoptive parents refrain from adopting children from Nepal due to grave
concerns about the reliability of Nepal’s adoption system and credible reports
that children have been stolen from birth parents,  who did not intend to irrevocably relinquish parental rights as required by INA  101(b)(1)(F).  We also strongly urge adoption service providers not to accept new applications for adoption from Nepal.

 Due to the concerns regarding reliability of Nepal’s adoption system, any future
relinquishment cases received by the Embassy in Kathmandu will require complex
investigations which may include birth parent  interviews and DNA testing.  Although we have not yet received these
cases, and cannot estimate the amount of time for any investigation, we caution that they may require
significant time and expenses that would likely raise the overall costs for  prospective adoptive parents.

The U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu continues to encourage the Government of Nepal to
work with the international community, including the Hague Permanent Bureau, to implement the Hague
Adoption Convention and reform its adoption process to protect children and  families.

We will continue to keep you updated through adoption.state.gov as additional
information is received.  This link will also provide additional information
and past adoption notices and alerts on the detailed concerns found in Nepal adoptions.