RwandaSeptember 3, 2010
Alert: Suspension of new applications
Effective August 31, 2010, the Rwandan Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion (MIGEPROF) temporarily suspended all new applications for intercountry adoptions to prepare for accession to the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-Country Adoption (the Convention). U.S. Embassy Kigali officials met with Rwandan adoption officials on September 1, 2010 to clarify which cases would be included in pipeline processing. The Government of Rwanda has stated that it will not accept dossiers for new adoption cases until Rwanda accedes to the Convention. Dossiers received by the MIGEPROF or Rwandan embassies prior to August 31, 2010 will continue to be processed by Rwandan authorities. Implementing the Convention can be a lengthy process and may take a year or more.