April 30, 2015
The Department of State is receiving inquiries from U.S. citizens regarding the plight of children in Nepal in the aftermath of the April 26, 2015, earthquake.
We understand that U.S. citizens, moved by images of children in need, want to open their homes and adopt Nepali children affected by the earthquake. This devastating event has left many in need of assistance. Children, especially those separated from their parents or guardians, are particularly vulnerable in any disaster. The Department shares concern for these children and their needs are of paramount concern to us.
Before a family can adopt a child from another country, however, the governments of both the United States and the child’s country of origin must first determine that the child is indeed eligible for intercountry adoption. During times of crisis, families may find it difficult to gather documents necessary to fulfill the legal requirements for adoption of both the United States and the child's country of origin. This is especially true when civil authority breaks down or temporarily ceases to function.
It is not uncommon in an emergency or unsettled situation for children to be temporarily separated from their parents or other family members who may be looking for them. Moreover, parents may send their children out of the area for their safety. Efforts to reunite such children with relatives or extended family should be given priority.
There are ways in which U.S. citizens can help the children of Nepal now. For example, individuals who wish to assist can make a financial contribution to a reputable relief or humanitarian organization working in Nepal. For more information on how you can help, please see details at the bottom of our page.
For specific questions about the adoption process in Nepal, please consult our country specific page at adoption.state.gov or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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