Help! I got a Notice of Intent to Deny my orphan visa. Now what?

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It’s every adoptive parent’s nightmare.  They have obtained legal custody of a much longed for baby; filed the immigration work and are eagerly awaiting their little one’s arrival only to receive a Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) on their I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative. Here are some things you should consider if you have received …

Saving Syria’s Children

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Children are bearing the brunt of the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria.   Can you adopt a Syrian orphan?  According to the US embassy in Damascus, several attempts by U.S. prospective adoptive parents have failed.  I think this is because I wasn’t their lawyer!  Like many other Muslim countries Syria’s personal status law does not recognize the concept of adoption however; Syrian …

Do I Think that the Universal Accreditation Act Signifies the End of Private Adoptions?

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Do I think that the Universal Accreditation Act signifies the end of private adoptions? Everyone has been asking me if the Universal Accreditation Act (UAA) will end private adoptions. For those of you who don’t know, the UAA applies the same stringent accreditation guidelines as the Hague Adoption Convention to adoption service providers who are working in Non-Hague countries.  According …