Monthly Archives: July 2014


Is adoption possible from Gaza? Gaza’s youngest Orphan: Both parents die in air strike, baby delivered by c- section.

I read a piece in an Irish newspaper today about a baby girl in Gaza who has been born via emergency c-section after her parents had been killed in an air strike.  I’ve posted the article and the picture below.

A lot of you have contacted me regarding adoption from Gaza. Is it possible?  What a […]

By |July 29th, 2014|The Adoption Blog|1 Comment

Make the Border Kids American?

I just read a piece by a guy named Hugh Hewitt called “Make the Border Kids Americans”.  “Hugh Hewitt is host of a nationally syndicated talk radio show, a partner in a national law firm and a professor of law at the Fowler School of Law at Chapman University in Orange County, California.”

He had the […]

By |July 18th, 2014|Immigration Blog|0 Comments

The Primary Provider Conundrum- another Universal Accreditation Act post

Not satisfied with cutting the number of international adoptions from “Hague” countries in half, the US has now turned its attention to the Non-Hague countries. This is a shame when you consider that the non-Hague countries are primarily the ones that did not have enough resources to plough into setting up a centralized adoption authority […]

By |July 16th, 2014|The Adoption Blog|1 Comment

Órdenes Ejecutivas- Que podemos esperar?

El Presidente Obama anunció la semana pasada que el dará “Órdenes Ejecutivas” en un intento de terminar la crisis de inmigración. Que puede hacer el Presidente Obama para ayudar a los inmigrantes sin cambiar las leyes? Muchísimo!

Aquí están algunos cambios potenciales:

1.      Expandir DACA/Acción Diferida

Bajo ciertas reglas, un individuo puede aplicar para la acción diferida si […]

By |July 15th, 2014|Immigration Blog|0 Comments

The Universal Accreditation Act- what you should expect next, what you need to do now!

Can you say “RFEs”?

USCIS has recently issued its interim guidance on how I-600, orphan petitions, will be adjudicated under the new law.  Everybody with a pending I-600A or I-600 should expect to receive Requests for Evidence  (“RFEs”) or even a  Notices of Intent to Deny (NOIDs) as the individual officers work on adjudicating these applications.

This […]

By |July 11th, 2014|The Adoption Blog|0 Comments

The Universal Accreditation Act, interim guidance, a more in depth look.


Here’s a more in depth review of  the interim guidance memo.


The memo states clearly that all adoption service providers operating in the United States are required to be accredited by the central adoption authority. Fine. We already new that.


If prospective adoptive parents filed an I-600A or I-600 before July of 2013 then the UAA does […]

By |July 3rd, 2014|The Adoption Blog|0 Comments

The Universal Accreditation Act- finally some guidance!!


Well we finally have it! USCIS has issued its interim guidance on the UAA. Let’s get right down to the nitty gritty- what’s going to happen to adoptions from Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, Egypt?


Here is is from the horse’s mouth:


“Petitioners may still act on their own behalf in their own adoption case if

permitted under the laws […]

By |July 3rd, 2014|The Adoption Blog|0 Comments