Thursday, October 21, 2010

Not Looking Good

Ok everyone, New Delhi is starting to conclude their investigations and so far they have issued all RFE's.  An RFE is a request for further evidence, which means hire an attorney or an investigative team, spend more money and hope you don't have to fight further.  This is getting ridiculous.  So first the US Embassy in Kathmandu does investigations taking 4-8 weeks, and then sends all the files to New Delhi, saying Insufficient Evident to Prove Abandoned; and then New Delhi USCIS turns around and 3-5 weeks later issues RFE's.  I can see the writing on the wall.  Guilty until proven innocent!  We need your help.  Here's what was suggested.  I hope you can spread the word and do your best to help.  I am feeling really nervous about all this.  Thank you for your support.

CALL TO ACTION: Three easy steps

1. Sign this petition and send letters to your elected officials: http://
This petition encourages elected officials to join with Senator Kerry and others to ask
Secretary Clinton to allow the pipeline cases to be processed ASAP.

2. Use the text below to email the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu to request that the
Ambassador and Consul follow the logic that Ambassador Powell used in 2007 that
pipeline cases must be processed and not be held up when there is a change to existing
Email addresses:
• U.S. Embassy Consular/Adoption section:
• Clay Adler, Consular Chief:

(Suggested text:)
Dear Honorable Ambassador DeLisi and Consular Chief Clay Adler
(I, my family, our community, etc.… is/are) highly concerned about the many Nepalese
children and U.S. “pipeline” families that are being directly affected by the U.S.
Government’s recent suspension of new adoptions from Nepal.

In 2007, a similar group of “pipeline” families were affected by the suspension of Nepal
adoptions by the Government of Nepal. These families were left in limbo for almost a year
as Nepal attempted to reform its adoption law. Fortunately for them, then-U.S. Ambassador
Nancy Powell advocated to the Government of Nepal that pipeline cases should be
processed on humanitarian grounds under procedures in place when the pipeline cases
were initiated. We believe Ambassador Powell's support was critical to the eventual
processing and positive resolution of these cases.

We respectfully request that the US Embassy process the current pipeline cases for the
same reasons Ambassador Powell argued in 2007. On humanitarian grounds, these
children should not be denied a family, especially given that in many cases the Government
of Nepal has already awarded an adoption decree. Cases that were initiated before the US
adopted new standards for documentation must be reviewed according to the previous
standards in place at that time.

We applaud the US government’s efforts to strengthen the protection of Nepali children
from fraudulent adoption practices. However, this must not be done at the expense of the
children's right to a family and permanent home environment, especially when a legal or
designated adoptive family has already been recognized by the Nepali government.

3. Ask your local NPR affiliate or other news or media outlet to run the story.
Here are the instructions for NPR:

1. go to
2. scroll down to program section - on lower right under "about" see: Press Room -
click on this
3. when you get to this page, scroll down again and under the section "contact us",
click on "To pitch stories to NPR" - click on "NPR contact form"
this will bring to you a story submission page...

for "show" put in Morning Edition (you can only select only one here, but
theoretically we can bombard the station by repeating this submission on every
individual show)

for "subject" I put in Nepal Adoption Nightmare

For "body" copy and paste the following (please edit and make it better/stronger if
you want!):

The following text can be copy pasted for your communications with NPR:
Due to what has been deemed unreliable Nepali information of orphan status by the
US Department of State, a ban has been placed on Nepal intercountry adoption. Currently,
about 80n American families who have completed their adoptions in Nepal are unable to
obtain a US visa for their children, and thus are stuck in country, unable to return to the US.

Although these adoptions are legally final, the US is requiring full investigation into each
child's background to confirm the orphan status that was supplied in documentation
and certification by the Nepali authorities. This abrupt change in policy was announced
and implemented by the US government after these parents formally become the legal
parents of these children. While we all want transparency and legality within intercountry
adoption for the best welfare of the children, these adoptions have already been finalized
and bonds have been developed between parent(s) and child.

Please listen to the links below of both DeeDee Martin and Candice Warltier who have been
stuck in Nepal for over 2 months with their adopted children. Please broadcast this story
on your program, or other NPR program that is best suited to this story.

Chicago Woman Stuck In Nepal After Adoptions Banned By U.S. -- WGN
10/rundown-106-2/&title=Full%20broadcast&segment=&pubdate=2010-10-06 > Her
interview comes at 25:45 and runs through 33:10.

There is a link to find the station in your area.
also, remember to check this box: Permission to share my information with my local station
4. click "send message"

1 comment:

  1. Jenni,
    This is Jen LeMay on behalf of RaeAnn & Bill...
    We cannot highlight, copy and paste the text from this blog into a Word document. Do you have this post saved in a different format that you could email to us? Then we can print copies of the letter and help distribute. Thanks!