Thursday, January 08, 2009

Beginning Year Four

This month marks the official end of the third year of our El Salvadoran international adoption process.

Here's a little more about what is happening in El Salvador these days...

According to El Salvadoran law, there is supposed to be a "Reunion Conjunta" every 45 days. This is when the government agency responsible for the adoptive families meets with the government agency responsible for the current adoptable children. Following this meeting is a "Comite" meeting. This is when the agencies officially make the referral decision to match families with children.
As far as we understand, the first "Reunion Conjunta" meeting of 2008 took place in September/October. This meeting only considered adoptive families from Spain. A second meeting did occur before the end of this past year and referrals were made. This was the first and only time in 2008 the process took place for US families. The process that is, by law, supposed to take place every 45 days.

The government agencies are under-staffed and handle all of the country's family/child issues.

There are over 150,000 orphans in El Salvador. There is much work to be done.

Agencies, such as ID4C are working along-side the government to assist in areas where they lack resources and personnel.

"Nothing in all creation can be hidden from God's sight." Hebrews 4:13