Urgent Appeal Regarding Ukraine
It has come to our attention that some organizations are beginning to suggest that a way for American citizens to help children caught in the conflict of war in the Ukraine would be to offer their home to children separated from family.
While that is a noble idea, we believe that it is of paramount importance that international adoptions are exclusively conducted through the State Department's recognized adoption processes. We agree with the National Council for Adoption that now is not the time for US citizens to consider adoptions from Ukraine.
We are aware that historically, war makes family separation more likely and the tracing of children by parents when they are able to be reunited becomes more difficult when they are removed from their country.
It is important to highlight that “(e)ven when a child’s parents have died, children are often cared for by other relatives. Also, many children living in orphanages in Ukraine are not orphans,” according to a State Department spokesperson.
If you are interested in helping an organization already working to reunite children and families facing this horrific conflict, please consider our friends at Hope and Homes.
3/17/2022 10:34:40 am
Thank you for raising this important issue. It's also important to underline that Ukraine has placed a clear moratorium on adoption, including inter-country adoptions, during the emergency, in line with international law. UNICEF clearly reiterated this in its Guidance for protecting displaced and refugee children in and outside of Ukraine https://www.unicef.org/emergencies/guidance-protecting-displaced-children-ukraine#8
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