...and folks, not feeling so funny today. This from the JCICS:
Kyrgyz Republic is currently processing adoptions on a LIMITED basis.
For a list of Joint Council agencies working in Kyrgyz Republic, please consult our Country Programs page.
January 14, 2009 - In consultation with the Joint Council Kyrgyzstan Task Force, it is our assessment that prospective adoptive parents should not initiate new adoption cases in Kyrgyzstan. Additionally, we recommend that Adoption Services Providers not accept new applications. If a family is in the process of adopting from Kyrgyzstan but does not yet have a referral they may want to discuss other adoption options with their adoption service provider. No intercountry adoption cases are being processed in Kyrgyzstan at this time and there is no indication of when processing will be reinitiated.
Further we ask that adoption service providers with programs in Kyrgyzstan send firstname.lastname@example.org the following information:
- Prospective Adoptive Parents' names;- Email addresses of prospective adoptive parents;- Name of child(ren) referred and date of referral (if applicable);- Name of ASP they are working with to adopt from Kyrgyzstan.- What stage of the adoption process the family is in and date - for example, "Dossier submitted in August 2008" or "Waiting for court date since April 2008" or "Waiting for referral since September 2008."
Joint Council respectfully requests this information for every family who has a dossier complied for Kyrgyzstan and has submitted it to the Kyrgyz Embassy.This information will be used to define the scope of the issues in Kyrgyzstan and will be shared with the U.S. Dept of State and the U.S. Embassy in Kyrgyzstan. Prospective adoptive parents are encouraged to request that their adoption service provider send their information directly to Joint Council.
Joint Council, through the efforts of our Kyrgyzstan Task Force, is composing a letter to be sent to the Prime Minister in Kyrgyzstan and the Ministry of Education. Details of this letter and other updates on the intercountry adoption crisis in Kyrgyzstan will be made available as new information becomes available.
This obviously does not bode well for us...as we are some of those in the process--dossier in country. I am emailing my agency to ensure we are submitted to the email address provided--and about this I am worried because our agency is NOT a member of the JCICS. Now, according to JCICS, neither is another agency that has WONDERFUL people (who thankfully and in humanitarian spirits send information to those of us OUTSIDE of their agency that keeps us going!) so I guess that may say something, but...our agency basically said that they were pursuing another path as well.
Let me be honest here. One of the main reasons I chose my agency was because the founders and many employees are of Soviet descent. Kyrgyzstan being a former Soviet republic, I thought people who not only knew the culture but may have actually LIVED similar culture might have an edge when it came to knowledge. I still cling to that. Taking another route? Great, if it makes a difference.
But gang, as I have always said: "The whole world can't be wrong."
And, when it looks like a duck, waddles like a duck and sounds like a duck-- safe money is on it being a duck. Us not finalizing an adoption through Kyrgyzstan is QUACKING to me loud and clear.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to attend to my fever. It's been a banner day.