Adoptive families seeking to adopt from countries with restrictive adoption policies or bans on adoption to the U.S. need to be empowered with as much information as possible. Enhancing the State Dept.’s existing report on intercountry adoption to include information about countries with policies to this effect will help give families more information.
Given how quickly policies can change, it’s not reasonable to use the State Dept.’s annual adoption report to provide families with up-to-date information about shifting policies around the world. Rather than enhancing the intercountry adoption report, the State Dept. should work directly with families, adoption agencies, and adoption lawyers to ensure everyone is up to date.