As part of the regular and ongoing services provided to adoptive families, Children’s Home and LSS have long stressed the importance of full and timely compliance with the post adoption reporting (PAR) requirements from your child’s country of origin. Our current practice includes collecting a deposit from each family that is refundable only upon timely completion of these requirements in order to ensure full compliance. Despite these measures, some families do not comply with the regulations.
The U.S. Department of State’s 2016 Annual Adoption Report stresses the deficiency is widespread and there is very real cause for concern. The report identified lack of PAR compliance (both agency written and self-reports) as one of the single-most concerning issues which “threaten the continuation of adoption in countries where adoption is viable.”
The State Department warns, “Officials become concerned when they receive no reports about a child after adoption, often fearing that the adoption has disrupted or dissolved, or that the child has been harmed.” When parents “fail to fulfill the obligation they agreed to…[their inaction] may impact the country’s willingness to continue to engage and partner with the United States,” and, in fact, “some countries have conditioned the resumption of intercountry adoption on receipt of missing post-adoption reports.”
Today, Children’s Home and LSS are participating in the nationwide “Post Adoption Report Day.” This awareness campaign aims to remind all adoptive and waiting families of the importance of fulfilling the reporting commitment you make at the time of adoption. You play a critical role in ensuring international adoption remains a viable option for children in need of loving families.
We sincerely thank the many families who have completed or continue to complete all reporting requirements in a timely manner. Your commitment to fulfilling these requirements is essential to the work that we do on behalf of children in need.
Learn More About Your Post Adoption Reporting Requirements
You can view our Post Adoption Report Page to find up-to-date reporting requirements for each country. This resource is especially helpful for waiting families who are trying to plan ahead. Adoptive families please note: reporting requirements may change but you will be expected to meet the requirements of the country through which you adopted at the time of your adoption. If you are unsure about your reporting requirements, please email [email protected].