December 29, 2003

IAR News

Just some updates about IARs legal/licensing battles.


Tallahassee Democrat: Agency's practices scrutinized

Sun Sentinel: State subpoenas records from adoption agency

Miami Herald: State goes after records of adoptions

Sun Sentinel: Adoption inquiry alarms Costa Rica
{One thing that I pointed out BEFORE the Guatemalan Baby fiasco is mentioned in the article: "Even if IAR is correct in its assertion that private attorneys could have arranged the adoption of the Guatemalan children in Costa Rica, the attorneys likely would have encountered problems in obtaining immigration visas for the children from U.S. authorities in Costa Rica"}

Sun Sentinel: Springs adoption agency leased baby-raid house in Costa Rica

Editorial (Sun Sentinel): Foreign Process Needs Oversight
{I find this editorial a bit off. First off, PANI is still required to give its opinion on all direct adoptions. There were 4 adoptions in Costa Rica in 2002....8 in 2001 with the loophole. US Government Oversight *IS* there....but with so few adoptions what exactly is expected here? Adoptions didn't *slip through the cracks* as so many would like to think. If these loopholes HAD been there, we would have seen quite a few more adoptions prior to 2002. If IAR had not been questioned by PANI officials, I can guarantee you that the US Embassy would have red-flagged these adoptions and the children would have been denied Visas.}

Posted by Kelly at 06:32 PM

December 17, 2003

IAR transfers cases to Family Creations

Here is the article about the transfer of cases:

Dec. 17, 2003 - Sun Sentinel Article

Unfortunately, DFC has not returned my calls. I am disturbed that there may be a loophole for the executive director to continue to work on cases as a consultant as she is the one named in the license suspension of IAR. However, I am hopeful that this gives parents another option for their case.

I would think there are still other options for parents that do not want to work through Family Creations. I can't imagine legally requiring parents to work with an agency with which they have no binding contract.

My disclaimer here: I am not a lawyer...so, I hope you will take my comments with a grain of salt.

For parents searching for an agency: RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH!!!! Go beyond a few referrals. Ask on adoption groups, check licensing, find out how they handle difficult cases!!! Don't be surprised if it takes you a couple of months to get a realistic glimpse. A less-than-ethical agency/lawyer cannot continue to function without clients!!!!

Posted by Kelly at 12:37 PM

December 11, 2003

IAR - Suspension

Since a number of posts were lost when the hard-drive crashed on our server, I am reposting this information.

I had several parents contacting me for more information about their options. I would ask that you please email me AGAIN. Most of my email for the last 2 weeks disappeared as well.

I have contacted the Broward DFC to verify information that has been posted in the news.

If you are an IAR client and would like to contact me about options, please include your name, child's name, lawyers name and where you are in the process (or at least where you think you are). None of this information will be disclosed to ANYONE without your permission.

Here are the articles about the situation and the suspension:
Dec. 11 Coral Springs adoption agency contests shutdown order from state
Dec. 10th Inquiry won't halt adoptions
Dec. 9th Interpol hunts baby-smuggling suspect
Dec. 8th Costa Rica seeking Springs man in adoption scam
Dec. 6th Adoption agency shut by state
Costa Rican Article (the start) - Discovery of Babies Sparks Probe

Posted by Kelly at 01:12 PM

September 24, 2003

Adoption Atmosphere in Costa Rica - NOT GOOD

Before reading these articles (published in Costa Rican newspapers and Guatemalan newspapers), I will remind you that we do not know how much was sensationalism NOR the details of the case.

I'll leave it at that.

TICO TIMES ARTICLE (English)

AM COSTA RICA (English)

NACION.COM (Spanish)

Posted by Kelly at 12:36 PM

July 16, 2003

Costa Rica Adoptions

I have been swamped with emails wanting more information about Costa Rica.

AT THIS TIME, we do not know the extent of the law changes....I am researching this and I am in contact with the Embassy in Costa Rica (who is drafting new procedures). So, I am starting a small listserve for agencies and individuals interested in what is going on. On the one hand, there are a lot of rumors flying around that CR is open.....but being involved last year, I am conservative about the prospects.

To join the listserve, CLICK HERE

Please immediately identify who you are (especially agencies) and a little about yourself. Please note, this is NOT a CR Adoption support group. I feel like this listserve will be discussing the technical aspects of adoption, how they relate to Guatemala's current law, etc (I suspect we will compare some of the Hague implementation in CR). Many parents may not be interested in this type of discussion....so that is my disclaimer!!!

Posted by Kelly at 04:02 PM

March 08, 2003

Adoption CR Guidance

Here is an updated document from the US Consul in Costa Rica:

CR Adoption Guide

Posted by Kelly at 10:31 AM

Hague Convention & Costa Rica

Costa Rica adoptions fall under the Hague Convention. This adds 2 new sections in the Immigration and Nationality Act. More info is available at INS site.

Other countries that fall into this category:
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, France, Georgia, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, and Venezuela.

Posted by Kelly at 10:29 AM