Promises & Adoption
Don’t Make Promises. I can not emphasize this enough!
Hell is filled with good intentions. Many times on the mission field our hearts are broken, and we want to help and give. We must be careful that our good intentions don’t hurt the people we seek to help. Please remember that you are in a foreign country and the laws are not even close to the laws in the US. Do not Make Promises to anyone on the mission field. Speak to your host missionary before you say anything to a local. We had many of broken-hearted people when the things that they were promised, failed to happen and at no fault of the person that made the promise.
Mat 5:37 Let your Yes be simply Yes, and your No be simply No; anything more than that comes from the evil one. [Lev. 19:12; Num. 30:2; Deut. 23:21.]
This I can tell you because I have been there, done that and had a failed adoption in Costa Rica. Hearts were broken and much money lost. Most of our countries do not permit adoption by foreigners. This is the cold hard truth.
Never, Never tell a child you want to adopt them! 99.9% of the time it is 100% out of your hands!
We have a country (I will not post the name) that has babies that are warehoused in orphanages with the baby cribs that look like what you would see in a PetSmart store. Cages stacked two and sometimes three high. They will not alow adoption by foreigners. They say they don’t have a problem. Some of the babies only have human touch once a day. The staff is overwhelmed and underpaid.
With more than 200 persons waiting to adopt Jamaican children, chairperson of the Adoption Board Patricia Sutherland has declared that foreigners seeking to adopt locally will be placed at the back of the line. The offical statment from Jamaican goverment: “Our Jamaican children who have a need to be adopted will always be able to find a home in Jamaica,”
Foreigners are prohibited from adopting Trinidadian children unless they are domiciled and residing in Trinidad and Tobago.
Guyanese law dictates that Guyanese children can only be adopted by a person domiciled in Guyana; a Guyanese national resident outside Guyana; or a former Guyanese national who has acquired, by registration or other voluntary and formal act (including marriage), the citizenship of another country. Non-Guyanese nationals who are not domiciled in Guyana cannot adopt Guyanese children.
Our US embassy is very hard on the Costa Ricans (Ticos). Even if you wanted to fly an Adult up to the US. The odds are that they would not be able to leave the country.
Adoption in Costa Rica is very hard to do. Costa Rica requires more than most of the other countries around for an adoption. Just to start…. The child must be over the age of 7 and you must spend two weeks in Costa Rica with the child. Adoptions in Costa Rica takes over a year to complete.
Ecuador is the only country that alows Foreigners to adopt but it is a long process with many hoops to jump.
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