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U.S. State Department Official Discusses Kyrgyz Adoptions

  • RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service

Kyrgyzstan suspended adoption proceedings last year after the former minister of social protection, Ravshan Sabirov, was convicted of accepting bribes in connection with arranging adoptions.

Kyrgyzstan suspended adoption proceedings last year after the former minister of social protection, Ravshan Sabirov, was convicted of accepting bribes in connection with arranging adoptions.

BISHKEK -- The U.S. secretary of state's special adviser for international children's issues, Susan Jacobs, has met with Kyrgyz officials to discuss issues surrounding the adoption of Kyrgyz children by Americans.

Kyrgyzstan's minister for social development, Kudaibergen Bazarbaev, told Jacobs at the meeting in Bishkek on September 25 that a new regulation to facilitate the adoption of Kyrgyz children by foreigners was being outlined.

Jacobs raised the issue of 14 Kyrgyz children whose adoptions by U.S. families had not yet been finalized.

Kyrgyz authorities suspended their adoption proceedings last year after the country's former minister of social protection, Ravshan Sabirov, was convicted of accepting bribes in connection with arranging adoptions.

Jacobs' involvement in a similar adoption delay in 2011 helped dozens of Kyrgyz orphans finally move to their new homes in the United States.
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