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Madonna, I think you should adopt from Pakistan!

I see Madonna just opened a school in Karachi.  She should consider adopting from there too. 45 bodies of discarded infants, mostly girls have been recovered in the city in 2014. Of course, that’s a drop in the ocean compared to the rest of the country. I just got two petitions approved for babies who […]

By |September 29th, 2014|The Adoption Blog|0 Comments

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

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

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

UAA Transition Guidance- What you need to know!

The UAA transition guidance is finally available and I’m happy to report that in my opinion, the sky is not falling!!  We don’t have final regulations yet and until we do, nobody knows what is going to happen but here’s my take on the guidance we have thus far:

First- know this:  A competent authority means […]

By |June 19th, 2014|The Adoption Blog|1 Comment


As the founder of Pakistan Adoption Group, I have had the privilege of helping thousands of adoptive families adopt babies from Pakistan over the past 10 years. As the mother of two daughters, both adopted from Pakistan, and having built a community with other adoptive families, I felt good about having made a difference in […]

By |June 17th, 2014|The Adoption Blog|1 Comment

Private adoption in Pakistan

It’s an oldy but a goody, something I posted on the the Pakistani Adoption Group some time ago-



I wanted to share my thoughts and experiences with everyone on private adoptions in Pakistan.

First, let’s look at the laws. The United States adoption laws can be found in the Immigration and Nationality Act. The federal regulations provide […]

By |May 14th, 2014|The Adoption Blog|2 Comments

Can I adopt a relative from Pakistan or any other Muslim Country?

I had a great conversation today with a prospective adoptive parent who had lost a family member in Pakistan under very tragic circumstances.  A child was left orphaned as a result. Over the years I have had many people approach me and ask if they can adopt a relative (often an infant) from a Muslim […]

By |May 14th, 2014|The Adoption Blog|2 Comments