Friday, August 6, 2010

Heartache in the midst of Joy...

If you have not already heard, the Department of State has issued a statement declaring a suspension on all future Nepal adoptions.  This means that any parents who have a dossier in Nepal, but do not have a referral yet, will not be able to adopt from Nepal.  They make no mention of a time frame for the suspension to be lifted, but if it is like other countries that have been suspended, it probably won't be any time soon.

You can read the statement here.
There is also a Q&A here.

This comes at a time when so many families were feeling hopeful about the new movement in adoptions in Nepal.  Several referrals were given out just last week!  So for so many adoptive parents, this was a sucker punch to the gut.  It sucks.

For Wes and I, we can find solace in the fact that we are expecting a little one from Ethiopia.  There is great joy and comfort there.  But for so many other families, whose only country was Nepal, there will be a great amount of tears and heartache today and beyond.  Please pray for these families.  Pray that they will not lose hope, and that God would lift up their hearts and spirits in His hands.  I am thankful that we serve a great and beautiful Father, and He cares for every heartache.  He knows us inside out, and if we call on Him, He will lift us up.


  1. Hello,
    I'm not sure if you read the whole notice, or the Q&A, but DOS has not suspended adoptions. They have suspended adoptions where the Nepal orphan status indicated "abandonded." Here is a Q&A from the DOS site:

    Q: Does the suspension apply to all cases or only to cases in which a child was allegedly found abandoned?
    A. The suspension applies only to cases where a child is alleged to have been found abandoned.

    If one gets matched with a child for any other reason than abandonment, they should still be able to adopt from Nepal.


  2. Hey heather. I did read this and it gave me some hope at first but if you read further down it states that there are no cases that are not abandonment cases at this time. This pretty much means there have been no relinquishment cases (which is normal in Nepal bc they make it really hard on Nepali people to relinquish their children. That's why so many re abandoned). So that's why this all sucks. :(

  3. Man, that is tough news. I'm so sorry to hear that. Praying for you guys. I know it's a big deal even with a baby on the way.