Adopting children from Nepal
Frank Adoption Center began in 1994 and worked for a number of years to place children from Eastern Europe with families living in the US and abroad. With the implementation of the Hague Treaty and other major policy changes, these adoptions ceased in 2012.
In 2013, Frank Adoption Center re-opened its doors as an entirely new agency, working in Nepal and employing a new staff, as well as a new Board of Directors. The goal of the new Frank Adoption Center is simple: to make the international adoption process easier for all involved.
When the suspension occurred in 2010, all US agencies then working in Nepal also suspended their programs and allowed their licensure to expire. Frank Adoption Center is now the only US agency authorized to work in Nepal, and is working to place children who have been orphaned or who have been formally relinquished for adoption by their birth families or legal guardians. These children are not included in the suspension of adoptions and the US government has stated that these children can be issued visas.
Current Adoption Landscape
Frank Adoption Center is given fairly detailed information regarding how the child came into care, their medical status and their social history. We anticipate the time between dossier submission and match to be 3-6 months, though the wait time may be longer for families interested in adopting younger children.
Once a family has accepted their child’s referral, the process will begin towards adoption finalization in Nepal. Frank Adoption Center will also begin working with the family and the US Embassy to complete the I600 and I604 investigation (investigations conducted by the US Embassy to ensure children are truly orphans or have been formally relinquished by birth family with a clear understanding of what international adoption means for them and their child). Families will not travel until these are complete. We anticipate the time from referral to travel to be 6-10 months. Families should anticipate a 10 day stay in Nepal.
For more detailed information, please contact Frank Adoption Center.
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