Posted by: icmadoptionnetwork | January 28, 2013

A Word of Caution

Good morning!

There has recently been in the news several stories regarding international adoption. One such story is taking place right here in Illinois. An Evanston family is in a legal battle to keep their seven month old daughter that they adopted from South Korea.

While the family had every good intention, they chose to use an attorney rather than a placement agency. This attorney did not follow South Korea’s adoption protocol, and now South Korea is requesting that the child be returned.

Here is a link to the recent article: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-korean-adoption-update-20130127,0,6596253.story

This is such an unforunate situation and it breaks my heart. While using an attorney is an acceptable means to pursue an international adoption, it comes with many risks and hazards. My sincere caution to families would be to use an accredited agency when pursuing an international adoption. As many of you read on last week’s January 21st blog, the U.S. has just signed a bill that U.S. adoption placement agencies must be accredited. This is a major safeguard for families adopting internationally. As a home study agency, we are not required to be Hague Accredited, but we are in the process of becoming Hague Accredited despite that fact. We desire to be an ethical agency that is consistently providing the best possible services for our families, and becoming Hague Accredited will help us ensure this.

I would encourage all families to protect and advocate for yourselves. Please be sure that you are using a Hague Accredited agency for international placements. If you are unsure or have questions, we are here to assist you and can provide you with the names of some excellent placement agencies.

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