|Amelia Mercy – 2 months
How precious was Amelia at two months! Oh what I would’ve given to have my hands on her then. Oh how blessed I am to have my hands on her now!
Last week, Brad and I had a nice visit with Amelia’s social worker, chatting about our upcoming foster care classes, and telling her about the amazing strides Amelia has made in half a year. These visits are required by Uganda. Until Amelia is 18, Uganda requires updates every six months about Amelia’s well being in America and in our family.
Recently, I read a concerning article about adoption in Uganda
. It said that Ugandan lawmakers are becoming weary of Americans who bring Ugandan children home as their own yet do not later comply by sending the required updates to Uganda.
“Very few international adopters keep the Probation and Social Welfare Officer in Uganda updated with the progress of the children they have adopted. The Uganda government is not happy about this.”
I love it that Uganda wants to see my growing girl’s precious face. I think it’s wonderful that they keep track of how she is! I applaud them for it and encourage all of us to comply with Uganda’s requests.
I asked our social worker about this, and she agreed. We must be vigilent with our post-placement reports. And this is not only true for families who adopted from Uganda. It is important that ANY parent who adopts from ANY country comply with the post-reporting laws of that foreign country.
Lack of communication damages the reputation of American prospective adoptive parents. It sends a message that we do not care about their laws, and it causes them to wonder about the well-being of the children we adopt. If we don’t work well with them, we cannot expect them to be sympathetic to us in their lawmaking. Lack of post-placement communication with the birth-countries of our children could eventually complicate the process for future hopeful adoptive parents. Worse still, it could cause less children to find families.
So please, complete all of your post-placement visits. 🙂
I am assuming here that you have an agency who handles the post placement reports for you after each post-placement visit. If that is not the case for you, then you will need to research and find out how to send post-placement reports at the appropriate times and to the appropriate place in your child’s birth country.