Wednesday, December 31, 2008

I had surgery and thus was out of commission for a little bit.

The U.S. Embassy continues to be difficult in issuing visas for children to join their adoptive families in the U.S. My suggestion is for families and for adoptive professionals to get together and to demand a Congressional Inquiry and to audit the U.S. Consulate office that issues the visas. Maybe that could answer some questions...such as:

Why are they so random at issuing visas? One visa is denied for a "lame" reason, but at the same time why is another visa with the identical history of a child issued? (I do not want to go into details as to tip off the visa people, but they are random and illogical in their determinations as to which child gets a visa and which child doesn't.)

Why are they so disorganized? (Without going into details, but I personally have concrete evidence of their disorganization...for example, why are documents, internal memos, print outs, investigation notes --- that by the way show some questionable decisions --- returned to the adoption worker in a file with the child's adoption documents?)

Why are some adoption professionals treated in a horribly unprofessional manner? Why are they lied to? Why are they given one directive by the state dept. employees and then told something completely different once that directive is followed?

Why do they "lose" documents and paperwork out of the adoption visa file (ranging from visa applications, photos, relinquishment papers all the way to passports)? However, when the child finally is issued a visa, those "lost" documents are returned in the adoption related file?

It would be nice to work with a U.S. office (our own government office) in a professional manner. I know that they have a job to do, but when there are the above questions and there is this kind of behavior, there should be an inquiry.

3 comments:

Troy and Tara Livesay said...

Amen to all of that. I hope we find answers and see improvement.

Anonymous said...

Are these issues just towards families wanting to bring their kids home to the US or is everyone being treated this way. Canada or France are they in the same boat?

Anonymous said...

Just the US folks are being treated this way (by our OWN Government!!).....disgusting!