For Families Pursuing the Adoption of A Marshallese Child In the US
February 6, 2014
The letter below was just released by the RMI Ministry of the Interior and pertains to the adoption of ethnically Marshallese children by US families through US domestic adoption. If you are pursuing an adoption like this, PLEASE do as the letter requests. I know how hard it can be to have what seems to be more stumbling blocks thrown in the path to building your family but taking these extra steps will protect the child, the birth family, and you. According to the RMI Adoption Act (Bill 92 N.D.2, P.L.2002-64), it is illegal to solicit a family in order to pursue an adoption with them and according to the Compact of Free Association it is illegal to travel to the US pursuant to an adoption. Given the close relationship between the U.S. and the Marshall Islands and the history of adoption abuse in the Marshalls, it wouldn't surprise me if those in a position to do so decided to make an example of someone who didn't follow through with their request.