My sister forwarded me an article the other day about an American couple in Colorado who were in the process of adopting a child from Nepal. I wanted to share the details…
Apparently the adoptive family filed all of the appropriate paperwork and paid all of the necessary fees, but when the time came for the US government to grant a visa for the child to travel with his new family to the States the consular office denied it because:
the United States government decided to halt issuing any visas to children adopted from Nepal because of kidnapping and child trafficking concerns.
The U.S. State Department says it has seen too many cases of false birth certificates to the point where it can’t verify if the children were willingly given up by their biological parents.
The family claims that their adopted son “Cali” was found under a bridge when he was less than a month old, and that someone dropped him off at the local police station. Currently he is living in an orphanage in Nepal.
In August, Larry Georgeson decided to fly out to Nepal to visit his son. He had to explain to Cali why he couldn’t come back with him right away.
“It was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do,” Larry Georgeson said.
The Georgesons hired an immigration attorney to collect the proper information in Nepal to prove their son was not kidnapped or picked up in trafficking.
Even when the information is collected, the Georgesons still aren’t guaranteed their son will receive a visa from the State Department.
I understand the trafficking concerns, but I worry about the adoption possibilities for kids that really do need a family. It is a very real possibility that if P and I couldn’t have kids, we would want to adopt a child from Nepal some day. Does this mean we couldn’t?