Announcements

May 1-31, 2017:  A Special Offer from A Love Beyond Borders Celebrate Mother's Day and enjoy a $350 savings off your adoption service at A Love Beyond Borders. Terms and Conditions: Applicants pay the $350 at time of application for home study and/or adoption in Bulgaria, Colombia or Haiti. Excludes hosting program. The fee will then be credited to your first fees when paid with the adoption contract by June 15,  2017.

April 21, 2017: Department of State announces that Ethiopia suspends intercountry adoption effective immediately. On April 21, an official from Ethiopia’s Ministry of Women and Children (MOWA) informed U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa that it is suspending its processing of intercountry adoption cases, effective immediately. The U.S. Department of State does not yet know how long this suspension will last. The Office of Children’s Issues and the Embassy are working with MOWA to seek more information on the terms of the suspension. We will urge MOWA to complete processing of cases that were in progress prior to this suspension. If you have questions about your pending case, please contact your Adoption Service Provider. You may also write to ConsAdoptionAddis@state.gov if you have questions about an adoption-related visa application or immigrant petition. You may copy the Office of Children’s Issues at Adoption@state.gov on your email to the Embassy if you wish. Please continue to monitor adoption.state.gov for updated information on intercountry adoption in Ethiopia. 

April 18, 2017: Department of State issues notice about missing post adoption reports: A persistent obstacle to expanding opportunities for intercountry adoption is U.S. families sometimes do not submit the post-adoption reports they agreed to at the time their adoption was finalized.  This causes countries of origin concern about the welfare and whereabouts of the adopted children and may jeopardize the continuation of intercountry adoption.  In addition, some countries have conditioned the resumption of intercountry adoption on receipt of missing post-adoption reports.We have designated May 15 as “Post-Adoption Report Day.”  Pleasemake sure you've submitted all your required post adoption reports for your child and join us by reaching out to other adoptive families through social media, listservs, and other communication avenues to urge submission of missing reports on that date.  Check the country-specific pages on our website, www.adoption.state.gov, for post-adoption reporting requirements and foreign government points of contact.  The Office of Children’s Issues would like to hear about your success at Adoption@state.gov!

February 3, 2017 USCIS published an alert regarding adoptions and fostering a child in Uganda. As reported in our June 2016 Adoption Notice, the Children Act Amendments of 2016 require non-Ugandan prospective adoptive parents to spend one year living in Uganda fostering the child(ren) they intend to adopt. It has come to the attention of the Department of State that in an effort to fulfill that requirement, some adoption service providers (ASPs) may be arranging for Ugandan residents to foster children on behalf of U.S. prospective adoptive parents. We urge prospective adoptive parents to carefully consider the following information before considering using “proxy fostering.”Click here for the rest of the notice: https://travel.state.gov/content/adoptionsabroad/en/country-information/...

December 7, 2016 USCIS published 2016 Fee Increases to Adoption-Related Forms. On December 23, 2016, new fees will go into effect for USCIS forms as a result of a final rule published in the Federal Register on October 24, 2016.  The chart below highlights fee changes that will impact adoption-related immigration forms. Applications and petitions postmarked or filed on or after December 23, 2016, must include the new fees or USCIS will reject the filing. 

Forms I-600/600A, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative/Application for Advance Petition Processing of an Orphan Petition 775 720
Forms I-800/800A, Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative/Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country 775 720
Form I-800A, Supp. 3 Request for Action on Approved Form I–800A 385 360
Forms N-600/N-600K, Application for Certificate of Citizenship 1,170 600/550*

September 16, 2016: The Department of State Continues to Strongly Recommend Against Adopting from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC): The exit permit suspension for Congolese children adopted through the intercountry adoption process is still in effect.  The Congolese government has issued, in exceptional circumstances, exit permits for many children whose completed adoption dossiers had been pending for upwards of 30 months and were specifically approved by the Congolese Interministerial Commission.  However, the Direction Generale de Migration (DGM), the DRC governmental agency responsible for issuing exit permits, has confirmed that the exit permit suspension remains fully in place at this time.  There are no exceptions to the exit permit suspension for adoptions by relatives, prospective adoptive parents of Congolese descent, or any prospective adoptive parents who intend to take their child out of the DRC for the purpose of immigration, even where one parent maintains Congolese citizenship.  The DGM and the Interministerial Commission have stated the suspension will remain in effect until new adoption laws are passed and go into effect. The Congolese government has not provided a timeline for when such laws might be passed.  The Department of State continues to ask all U.S. accredited or approved adoption service providers not to refer new Congolese adoption cases for U.S. prospective adoptive parents.  At this time, the Department of State strongly recommends against initiating an adoption in the DRC with the intent of immigrating the child to the United States.  

The Department of State continues to advocate for any families whose already adopted children have not received exit permits.  We will continue to engage with the Congolese government on long-term adoption reform.  Please address any questions or concerns to ExitPermitSuspensionDRC@state.gov, or call 1 (888) 407-4747 from inside the United States or (202) 501-4444from outside the United States. 

On August 14, 2016: A Love Beyond Borders has a new office and a new suite. Our offices have moved to a new suite (#709) within our building. Same address but new suite number; 4155 E. Jewell Ave. #709, Denver, Colorado 80222. Stop by to see us!

On August 5, 2016: Adoption Alert: Update on Possible Recall of Guardianship Orders from the US Department of State Follow up to August 1, 2016 notice: To date, the Department of State is not aware of any guardianship orders issued to U.S. citizens after June 2, 2016 that have been recalled for reconsideration by Uganda’s High Court.  The Department continues to seek clarification on the issue of a possible recall.  Please continue to monitor our website for updates on adoptions in Uganda, and please notify us atadoption@state.gov if you received a guardianship order after June 2, 2016, or if a guardianship order is recalled.

On August 1, 2016:  Adoption Alert: Ugandan High Court Recall of Guardianship Orders Issued After June 2, 2016.  On July 27, the Ugandan High Court informed the U.S. Embassy in Kampala that it is planning to “recall” for reconsideration guardianship orders issued to non-Ugandans after June 2.  June 2 is the effective date of amendments to Uganda’s Children Act, as referenced in the Department’s June 2 and July 6 Adoption Alerts.The U.S. Embassy in Kampala is seeking clarification from the High Court on the impact of this recall on any guardianships issued after June 2, and to ascertain its possible effects on U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents currently in the process of seeking guardianship of a child from Uganda. The Department will provide additional information regarding the Court’s planned recall of these guardianship orders as it becomes available. If you have questions about this notice, please contact the Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues via email at adoption@state.gov.  Please continue to monitor our website for updates on adoptions in Uganda.

On April 13, 2016: USCIS revised Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. The revised version is available atuscis.gov/n-400. You may continue to use the 9/13/13 edition of the form until August 9, 2016. They will reject and return previous versions of Form N-400 submitted on or after August 10, 2016. The eligibility requirements for naturalization have not changed. For information on how to complete the form, and where eligibility requirements can be found, visit uscis.gov/n-400. For additional information refer to their Guide to Naturalization.

December 31, 2015 - The Department of State issued an alert about adoptions in UGANDA specific to the issue of visa issuance for children being adopted from orphanages without current licenses. In esssence the statement clarifies the US policy; "The Ugandan Courts that grant guardianships and adoption orders do not consistently require evidence of this approval when granting guardianships and adoption orders.   Additionally, the Ministry of Gender and the Courts have differing interpretations of the relevant Ugandan laws. While these issues are being reviewed by the Ugandan authorities, the U.S. Embassy will continue to adjudicate qualified cases based on decisions made by Ugandan courts. At this time, the Embassy does not require proof of the Ministry of Gender’s approval or proof of the national accreditation of children’s home as part of the visa file."  To read the full notice, visit http://travel.state.gov/content/adoptionsabroad/en/country-information/alerts-and-notices/uganda15-12-31.html

March 15, 2016: Bienestar Familiar Colombia (ICBF) and A Love Beyond Borders are pleased to partner together to present yet another summer hosting program for children from Colombia.  We invite you to join us and change lives in the process! Click HERE to inquire!  Registration deadline is April 15!

December 18, 2015 - A Love Beyond Borders is proud to state we have received our Hague renewal! The letter from Richard Klarberg at COA states," I am extremely pleased to notify you that in accordance with 22 CFR 96.58 (c), the Council on Accreditation (COA) has granted A Love Beyond Borders, LLC’s application for Hague Approval. Your achievement of Hague Approval demonstrates your commitment to the children and families you serve both here and abroad."

December 15, 2015 - A Love Beyond Borders ceased offering an adoption partnership program in Ethiopia with Adoption Avenues. 

December 2015 - Our Christmas Colombian child vacation program is in full swing and five families are hosting and will be adopting six children! We are now accepting applications and inquiries for our July 2016 hosting program. Inquire HERE.

November 24, 2015 -  A Love Beyond Borders was pleased to receive news of our Re-Accreditation in Colombia! This accreditation status is valid for two years. Our Colombian program is growing and many children are waiting for families. Please inquire today!

November 9, 2015 - In a landmark ruling, Colombia’s highest court ruled in November 2015 that gay individuals and couples may adopt children in Colombia. In a 6-to-2 decision, the Constitutional Court found that barring gay people from adopting had unreasonably deprived children of the right to be raised by families. Anticipating criticism from political and religious leaders, the justices wrote that “doubts and fears about whether society is ready to accept this decision won’t be dissipated by being blind to an irrefutable reality.” The judges argued that there was no evidence that same-sex couples were unfit parents and no compelling reason to bar them from the universe of potential adoptive families. A Love Beyond Borders has always had an anti-discrimination policy and we welcome qualified gay applicants to adopt in our Colombia program or participate in one of our two annual Colombian child hosting programs. 

October 6, 2014 - The Department of State Strongly Recommends Against Adopting from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) at this time:

In light of the DRC’s September 26, 2014 announcement that its exit permit suspension for adopted children remains in effect indefinitely, the Department of State has asked all adoption agencies to cease referring new DRC adoption cases for U.S. prospective adoptive parents at this time. The Department of State strongly recommends against initiating an adoption in the DRC at this time, as adoptive children cannot leave the DRC without an exit permit issued by the DRC’s Directorate of General Migration, even with a finalized adoption.  Congolese courts continue to issue adoption decrees under existing Congolese law, despite the exit permit suspension.  We continue to press the DRC government on lifting the suspension so that Congolese children with finalized adoptions waiting for an exit permit can join their adoptive families as soon as possible. We are committed to working with the DRC government to address their concerns and continue to advocate for opportunities to engage on long-term adoption reforms in the DRC. 

A Love Beyond Borders ceased accepting application for the DRC program last year (and did not issue referrals). However, our work now in DRC continues so we may assist the families and children already with completed adoptions until such time as the children may legally depart DRC for their new adoptive homes. 

April 29, 2014 - U.S. Embassy in Haiti Issues Warning

Haiti - The U.S. Embassy in Haiti has heard reports regarding certain adoption service providers requests for substantial additional payments.  These adoption service providers are claiming that these fees are charged by the Haitian authorities to expedite the adoption process.  The Embassy has verified with Haiti’s adoption authority, the Institut du Bien-Être Social et de Recherches (IBESR), that the Government of Haiti does not charge expedite fees in association with adoptions in Haiti.   read more http://adoption.state.gov/country_information/country_specific_alerts_no...

March 28, 2014  - Ethiopia - Notice: Ministry of Women, Children, and Youth Affairs Change in Procedure for Regional Approval Letters

On March 13, in response to our request for clarification on reported delays from adoption service providers and prospective adoptive families, the Ministry of Women, Children, and Youth Affairs (MOWCYA) informed the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa of a change that took place November 7, 2013 in the procedures for issuance of the regional approval for placement of a child for intercountry adoption.

On November 7, 2013 (October 29, 2006 Ethiopian calendar), MOWCYA issued a directive to regional Bureaus of Women, Children, and Youth Affairs stating that all letters of approval for children placed for intercountry adoption must be signed by the head or vice-head of the regional Women, Children and Youth Affairs bureau confirming the child's adoptability and eligibility for intercountry adoption.  The directive states the purpose of the policy change was to standardize which office certifies eligibility for intercountry adoption across all regions in Ethiopia.

Initially, the request was to be retroactive, which caused delays in some regions.  After some discussion between the regional and federal level offices, the change in procedure will apply to cases filed after November 7, 2013 (October 29, 2006 Ethiopian calendar) and those filed before will be grandfathered. Cases from all regions should be progressing on normal time frames.

March 28, 2014 - Recruiting Ambassadors for Waiting Children

Around the world, the face of international adoption is changing. Many positive things have happened over the past many years in international adoption. As economics have changed and improved, and cultural norms have adjusted, more orphaned and abandoned children have been adopted within their country of birth. This is great news which should be celebrated! White it means fewer infants are available for adoption internationally it does mean more opportunities for what are known as “waiting kids”, i.e., children with mild, moderate or significant special needs, healthy older children and healthy sibling groups of all ages. A Love Beyond Borders actively works to place waiting children of all ages and needs, and part of our is advocacy. Having a forever family can make all the difference in a child’s life.

What can you do to change a child’s life? A Love Beyond Borders is asking you to join our efforts and become an Ambassador for Waiting Children. Partner with us to spread the word about the need and help find families for Waiting Children. Unfortunately, these children are sometimes more difficult to place for adoption. Much of the difficulty arises from lack of awareness of the number and type of waiting children and the need for permanent families. These children are deserving of stability, love, opportunity and families as are all children! They should not grow in an orphanage but should grow in a family. They need your help!

By spreading the word about the work we do, you are enabling us to help more waiting children across the world find a loving family. There are a variety of ways you can raise awareness about our waiting kids.

It’s easy to help! You can help by posting or sharing the information we will provide to you about our waiting children on your social media forums, host an info session at your church/temple, or at your place of employment, school event, or putting a waiting child profile in your church/temple weekly bulletin. Have a blog? Link to our website or do an article about waiting children. Upon request LBB will provide you with email or printed materials about our waiting child program and available children. As an ambassador you can direct families to our website at www.bbinternationaladoption.com or Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/adoptionexpert. Information on waiting children internationally will be updated frequently. We will be sending out regular emails regarding waiting children and ask you to spread the word as you are able. However you chose to share our message, you will be making a real difference to our work and the lives of the children.

Please contact Anney Morris at anney@bbinternationaladoption.com or call 303-333-1572 for more information, to join the email list, or to obtain materials to help you succeed in this important mission.

March 14, 2014 - ALERT – BREAKING NEWS 

On Wednesday, February 26, Chairman Camp of the Ways and Means Committee released his much anticipated  taxreform proposal and it eliminates the adoption tax credit. This breaking news makes our advocacy efforts that much more critical. Now that an actual legislative proposal has suggested eliminating the credit altogether, we need to ensure that every single Member of Congress  hears from us about its importance. Members will only be compelled to fight for its protection if they hear real stories from all of you.  

Call to ActionInitial Emails to Your Members of Congress - Figure out who your three Members of Congress (2 Senators and 1 Representative) are by using senate.gov and house.gov.  Using their websites, figure out the best way to contact each of them (often it will be through an email or a form on their website). Email each of them and explain the importance of adoption and ask for their support in protecting the credit. Use our sample template letter (here) as a starting point, but be sure to personalize it. Speak from the heart and share your story about why the ATC is important to children, your family, or others in your life. Provide the link to www.adoptiontaxcredit.org  in your email so they can find additional information. For more advocacy tips visit: http://adoptiontaxcredit.org/advocate

March 04, 2014 - Joint Council Ethiopia Initiative Update

Joint Council Ethiopia Caucus Co-Chair, Dan Lauer of Holt Int., just returned from a meeting with the Ethiopian Ministry of Women’s Affairs Ethiopia Ministry of Women’s, Children and Youth Affairs.  The Ministry has confirmed that the Ethiopian Government’s meetings on social affairs have resulted in opportunities for intercountry adoption to continue. 

February 18, 2014 Haiti’s Compliance with the Hague Convention

We are very pleased to announce that basaed on today’s conference call with the Department of State (DOS) it appears that DOS will approve Hague adoptions from Haiti! DOS along with US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) conducted a trip to Haiti and were very encouraged by the positive findings.  During the trip, both DOS and USCIS assessed whether Haiti met the requirements for Convention compliance, discussed with Haiti a plan for non-Hague adoption cases already in process and established a multi-nation working group to help with transition cases. As more details are finalized on the many issues still at play we will continue to keep you informed.

January 16, 2014 - Haiti deposits its instrument of ratification for the Hague Adoption Convention

The Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (the Convention) will enter into force for Haiti on April 1, 2014.   Haiti’s adoption authority, Institut du Bien-Être Social et de Recherches (IBESR), deposited its instrument of ratification with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on December 16, 2013. 

The Department is also currently assessing whether consular officers will be able to verify that the requirements of the Convention and the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 will have been met with respect to individual adoption cases by the date that the Convention enters into force for Haiti.  This decision includes determining if Haiti has designated a central authority and key competent authorities to undertake specific responsibilities outlined in the Convention as well as determining if those authorities have the capacity to fulfill their stated functions.  The Department must also review Haiti’s adoption laws, procedures, practices, and infrastructure to ensure that key Convention principles will be implemented.  Those principles include consideration of subsidiarity, adoptability of the child, effective consent, determination of habitual residence, prevention of improper financial gain, and prohibition against prior contact with a child’s legal guardian(s) until the appropriate time in the adoption process. 

The Department of State expects to inform the public by April 1, 2014 whether the United States will be able to certify Convention adoptions from Haiti.  The Department of State will provide updated information onadoption.state.gov.

USCIS will continue to accept I-600A applications specifying Haiti until March 31, 2014.  However, we encourage adoption service providers and prospective adoptive parents to contact IBESR prior to initiating a new adoption from Haiti.  If you have questions about the status of your adoption case, please work closely with your adoption agency or facilitator. 

Please refer to our website and to USCIS’ website at uscis.gov for updates on the status of the U.S. adoption program from Haiti as we approach Haiti’s entry into force date.  If you have any questions about this notice, please contact the Office of Children’s Issues via email atHaitiadoptions@state.gov.

LBB is holding an Ethiopia Night for all Denver area families.  The event will take place on Sunday, February 9th from 4:00PM - 6:00PM at Axum Resturant.  The cost will be $12 - $15 per person.  To RSVP contact Charmaine at Charmaine@bbinternationaladoption.com or 333-1572 x109.

DRC-SPECIFIC CONFERENCE CALL SCHEDULED FOR: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 11:00 am ETl  The Department of State and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services invite interested prospective adoptive parents seeking to adopt from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, adoptive parents whose adopted Congolese children have not yet entered the United States, adoption service providers operating programs from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and other stakeholders to participate in a conference call.  Officials will discuss the suspension on exit permit issuances in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the new prohibition on exit permit issuances to Congolese children adopted by single parents. The conference call will take place Wednesday, November 13, 2013, from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET.  We recommend that you call in 10 to 15 minutes before the start time.

Please note that inquiries regarding specific cases will not be addressed on the call and should be directed to the Office of Children’s Issues atAskCI@state.gov or toll-free at 1-888-407-4747.                              

In order to facilitate open discussion, the call is an off-the-record briefing not for recording or attribution.  The purpose of the call is to provide information to those participating on the call.  

November 2013 - November is National Adoption Month!  At LBB we are celebrating in a BIG way! In honor of National Adoption month, LBB is offering a $250 discount for all adoption contracts submitted and approved from November 1st to 30th. If you have been considering adoption now is the time to turn in your contract to us today! Not only is LBB giving a $250 discount to anyone who submits and is approved for their adoption contract in November, but we will also donate $250 per approved contract to establish an adoption grant for a special needs waiting child whose name will be announced at the end of November. If you have been considering adoption now is the time to turn in your application -- a penny saved is a penny earned!

October 24, 2013 - Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families Selected for Denver's 2013 Mayors Diversity Award  (http://www.heritagecamps.org/)

Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families (HCAF) was selected by the Denver Asian Pacific American Commission (DAPAC), one of the ten commissions of the Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships (HRCP), as a recipient of the 2013 City of Denver Mayor’s Diversity Award. The award recognizes HCAF’s commitment to diversity, inclusive excellence, leadership and public service.

Executive Director Pam Sweetser and past HCAF Board President Sharon Blender were in attendance at the awards ceremony October 17th to receive the award. Pam is shown here with Mayor Michael Hancock. This is another wonderful recognition of the work HCAF does for adoptive families and our diverse and very supportive community. Congratulations!

Thank you for being part of our Heritage Camp family and joining us as we recognize Pam Sweetser and HCAF for this outstanding achievement.

October 23, 2013 - The US Department of State issued an adoption notice advising that the Democratic Republic of the Congo Authorities Announce Changes to Suspension Exceptions and New Prohibition on Adoptions by Single Parents.  Read the full alert here: http://adoption.state.gov/country_information/country_specific_alerts_notices.php?alert_notice_type=alerts&alert_notice_file=democratic_republic_of_congo_5

October 8, 2013 Congolese Ministry of Interior and Security Announcement

On October 3, the Congolese Ministry of Interior and Security, General Direction of Migration (Direction Generale d’Immigration, DGM) informed the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa that it will issue exit permits to adopted Congolese children who received immigrant visas for travel to the United States before the September 25, 2013, suspension effective date. Read the full alert here: http://adoption.state.gov/country_information/country_specific_alerts_notices.php?alert_notice_type=alerts&alert_notice_file=democratic_republic_of_congo_04

Evan B. Donaldson Institute seeks participants for critical new adoption on the internet survey:
The Internet and social media are changing the way adoption occurs throughout the world, yet we know little about the way social media and other elements of this modern technology affect the millions of people for whom adoption is part of everyday life. The Donaldson Adoption Institute has embarked on a new study seeking information from adopted persons, adoptive parents, parents who have placed children for adoption, and adoption professionals about their adoption-related use of the Internet and social media. This research is a follow-up to our 2012 report, Untangling the Web: The Internet's Transformative Impact on Adoption. To participate in the survey, please click here.

September 27, 2013: On September 27, the Congolese Ministry of Interior and Security, General Direction of Migration (Direction Generale d’Immigration, DGM) informed the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa that effective September 25, 2013, the DGM suspended issuance of exit permits to adopted Congolese children seeking to depart the country with their adoptive parents.  The DGM reports the suspension will last up to 12 months.  This suspension is due to concerns over reports that children adopted from the Democratic Republic of the Congo may be either abused by adoptive families or adopted by a second set of parents once in their receiving countries. Read the full alert here:  http://adoption.state.gov/country_information/country_specific_alerts_notices.php?alert_notice_type=alerts&alert_notice_file=democratic_republic_of_congo_3

September 2013: We are proud to introduce our new program in the Eastern European country of Bulgaria! Bulgaria is a very affordable and popular program and has become stable again after many years of work to improve its adoption program and services. Healthy children three years and older are available, and many special children with exceptional needs are also awaiting a family of their own. This is a very flexible program with broad adoptive parent criteria. Robin Shahan is program coordinator for Bulgaria and happy to speak with you about why this might be a good program for you. Contact Robin at robin@bbinternationaladoption.com

August 30, 2013: This adoption notice serves as a reminder of the implementation of the Pre-Adoption Immigration Review (PAIR) program in Ethiopia.  This notice also provides clarification to questions received regarding transition cases. 

On June 3, the Department of State published an adoption notice announcing that effective September 1, 2013, the Government of Ethiopia will require all adoption cases filed on behalf of U.S. prospective adoptive parents with the Ethiopian courts to undergo the U.S. PAIR process.  Please see the U.S. Department of State’s Ethiopia country information sheet and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) policy memorandum for details. Read the full alert here: http://adoption.state.gov/country_information/country_specific_alerts_notices.php?alert_notice_type=notices&alert_notice_file=ethiopia_22

August 2013: A Love Beyond Borders is pleased to welcome home 9 children from the DRC and 2 children from Haiti this month!

August 23, 2013: A Love Beyond Borders staff and 150 of our Colorado adoptive families gathered for our annual Adoptive Family Reunion, reuniting with old friends and welcoming home many new faces. Each year LBB hosts a picnic party with food and entertainment. It's a special treat for LBB employees from Washington and Maryland to travel to meet families face to face. We invite all our adoptive families from throughout the US and abroad to join us for this annual celebration of being adoptive families. Stay tuned for the 2014 summer date!

August 16, 2013: Kelly Carmody and Kareen Shapiro traveled to Colombia to receive the official authorization from ICBF allowing A Love Beyond Borders to be an adoption service provider in Colombia, and to continue work establishing the next Vacations of Hope program. Our focus is on placing children of all ages with special characteristic, healthy children 9 and older, sibling groups of two or more children. In addition to this traditional adoption program we will assist with placing Waiting Children and in 2014 look forward to hosting our first Vacations of Hope program in Colombia. Details to follow or contact Kareen Shapiro for additional information: Kareen@bbinternationaladoption.com

August 2013: Join us in welcoming our new employees, Kim Kirgis and Charmaine Nicolau to the Denver team! Kim has joined us as intake specialist responsible for ensuring applications and contracts are processed appropriately, and assisting home study families with their documentation. Charmaine joins LBB as an adoption associate working with the international team, communications and special events.

August 16, 2013: A Love Beyond Borders is on the move again!  We moved into a larger space just down the hall . Our phone, address and suite number will stay the same.  Come visit us and check out the new digs!

July 2013: We are pleased to welcome Rachael Dougherty, MSW to the Denver team as Post Placement Coordinator. Rachael will assist clients upon completion of their adoption with post placement scheduling and coordination, support and assist with the validation process for Colorado residents.

July 1, 2013: Colombia Update: The Colombian Institute for Family Welfare (ICBF) formally announced several important changes in Colombia’s management of intercountry adoptions.

Beginning July 15, 2013, ICBF will no longer accept new intercountry adoption applications from non-Colombian citizens living abroad interested in adopting a child under 6 years and 11 months old, unless ICBF considers the child to have special characteristics or needs.  Families who are considering adopting a healthy child in this age range should ensure that they have filed their initial application with ICBF no later than the July 15, 2013 deadline.  ICBF has indicated this moratorium will last at least two years. Read the full alert here: http://adoption.state.gov/country_information/country_specific_alerts_notices.php?alert_notice_type=alerts&alert_notice_file=colombia_2

June 3, 2013: Implementation of Pre-Adoption Immigration Review (PAIR) Program in Ethiopia

Effective September 1, 2013, the Government of Ethiopia will require all adoption cases filed on behalf of U.S. prospective adoptive parents with the Ethiopian courts to undergo the U.S. PAIR process. The Ministry of Women, Children and Youth Affairs (MOWCYA) will require a PAIR letter issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as one of the criterion for its best interest determination. To comply, the adoption dossier submitted by prospective adoptive parents to the Federal First Instance Court (FFIC) to initiate the adoption, will need to include the PAIR letter issued by USCIS. The FFIC will then forward the dossier, including the PAIR letter, to MOWCYA for review. The new criterion will not affect pending adoption cases filed with Ethiopian courts before September 1, 2013. Read the full alert here: http://adoption.state.gov/country_information/country_specific_alerts_notices.php?alert_notice_type=notices&alert_notice_file=ethiopia_21

April 23, 2013:  Haiti authorizes US Adoption Service Providers and provides a list and details at: http://adoption.state.gov/country_information/country_specific_alerts_notices.php?alert_notice_type=alerts&alert_notice_file=haiti_5.  A Love Beyond Borders is honored to be one of a few select agencies to qualify and receive approval.