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Press Statement
Adam Ereli, Deputy Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 9, 2005


Closure of Inter-Country Adoptions in Romania

We are deeply concerned by the Government of Romania's December 7 announcement ruling out international adoptions. This affects all 1,100 Romanian orphans and abandoned children for whom foreign families had registered adoption petitions. These petitions were filed prior to a January 1, 2005 ban.

We urge the Romanians to establish a legal mechanism allowing inter-country adoption for cases registered before the ban, in order the find permanent homes for these children.

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