Haiti's adoption authority, l'Institut du Bien Être Social et de Recherches (IBESR), informed U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince that it will suspend processing of new adoption cases effective May 7, 2012. IBESR indicated that the suspension will enable it to expedite processing on its backlog of pending cases and begin internal restructuring to bring it closer to international standards. The U.S. Embassy has been assured the suspension is temporary and that IBESR will continue to process all cases that are filed before May 7.
While this is for the good of all those who are currently in process, it is still another reminder that this thing called 'adoption' is not easy.
You just can't adopt from wherever you feel like it - despite the common misconceptions. There are very few... (I'm like talking about a handful here) countries that you actually adopt from, and those that do exist, can always be shut down with no warning. Let's count the possibilities.
Kenya - requires 9 month residency
DRC - new and unstable for BC residents lacking options
S.Africa - Just re-opened. I don't know if it's availabe for BC residents?
Ethiopia - Only applications for special needs and older children
China - Special needs
Vietnam - Special needs
Canada - Older child, special needs
US - Very expensive, new born - Bio Mother chooses family, long wait lists, risks
Japan - Small program with difficult requirements -
- under 43 years of age
Honduras - Must be under 45, process time avg - 4 yrs
Phillipines - Special Needs/Older child
Morroco - for Muslims only
India - Special Needs or for those of Indian heritage
Jamaica - New, Older Child, Unstable, Unpredictable
The future of adoption is looking pretty bleak if you ask me.