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GUATEMALA The National Council on Adoption (CNA) has stopped accepting new cases. The halt was put in place to enable CNA to complete current cases and to establish Hague guidelines. The halt is expected to end by January 2009.
VIETNAM On September 1, the Memorandum of Agreement regarding international adoption between the U.S. and Vietnam expired. Although the country is currently closed to new applicants, the government of Vietnam has issued a formal diplomatic note to the U.S. requesting to begin negotiations toward a new agreement.
COLOMBIA In light of a judicial strike that began in September 2008, as of press time, many families are reporting extended in-country stays—eight to 10 weeks rather than the typical four weeks.
UKRAINE New legislation introduces the following changes to adoption law:
* Prospective adoptive parents must be at least 21 years old.
* The maximum age difference between parents and children is 45 years.
* Unmarried foreign couples are not permitted to adopt Ukrainian children.
I know, I thought the same thing! Not only the financial part of it, it is a dangerous place to be nowadays - A friend of mine's family is from their and they had to flee - they said you couldn't walk up the street without being robbed or worse