Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Kenya Adoption Update

We have not gathered much more new information.

We do know that families who have been to the Children's Department are being told that they cannot get a COC (certificate of conformity) because the NAC no longer exists. These families are being caught in a very difficult position. Legal parents of their Kenyan children after passing court, but unable to obtain visas etc. to go home to their countries without the COC.

IF something is not resolved in these cases, these families will need to start contacting their countries political offices and embassies to have their embassies make an exception.

We have reports that family court is processing adoptions as usual.

I really want to spread messages of hope, and not fear. However, I think it is important that while being hopeful for the best, we are preparing for the worst.

I want to draw your attention to a few news articles that may or may not be an indicator of what is happening, or may or may not reflect the current political tone.

Kenyan Parliament Votes to Withdraw from Hague

Where does this leave international adoptions if Kenya is no longer a member of the Hague?
Could the current NAC disbanding be influenced by the movement to withdraw from the Hague?

PBO Act to cut Foreign Funding of Non Profits/Societies

The Adoption Societies only get paid a couple hundred dollars to perform local adoptions, most of their funding comes from international adopters.

Please don't jump off that boat yet. This has not happened yet... but we need to keep our eyes and ears open.

Please help us compile information. If you have information, please email me, FB message me or leave a comment.

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