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As many of you may (or may not know) the sending country does a social worker report on the "orphan" being relinquished for ICA. Included in this report should be the name of the child, birthdate, place of birth, conditions of birth, weight at birth, age, appearance, characteristics of behavior, where the child is currently residing and their health status. Also included in the social workers report is the mother's full name, listing of any other children she may have including names, ages and what they do (either go to school if they are school age or working if they are older). The report also includes the mother's bio (place of birth, parents, early life), current address, work experience, schooling, marital status, past relationships that produced children, her financial situation and the reason for the relinquishment. Please note that ID numbers are also listed that pertain to her identification card and birth certificate. The name and occupation of the biofather is also stated as well as his current status (which is always that he abandoned the mother and child). Also included in this report is a brief bio of the PAP.
The social worker, after interviewing the birthmother, submits this report to the attorney. The social worker does not submit this to the approving entity that approves the adoption, instead (and let me repeat) the social worker's report is handed over to the adoption attorney.
Most APs either receive this report either the day after their US visa is approved or at a later date when the AP requests it. It is the attorney and sometimes the agency that gives the AP a copy of this said report.
As noted in another thread, many APs are doing biofamily searches to find the chid's first family. One little problem is arising....alot of what is in the social workers report does not match up with what actually is the first family's situation. There seems to be very present...biofathers, extended family members as well as the parents are loving and present to parent, evidenced by the older and younger biosiblings of the adoptee still living with the first family, some of which were not mentioned in some social workers reports! Some of the situations have not been as reported in the social worker reports. Birthdates are wrong, birthplaces are wrong, and the financial situation is not as dire as portrayed in the social workers report. Some APs have found out that the identity of the biomother is not the same person, so thus falsification of documentation had occured. Why were documents falsified and thus the question is then asked, who really is this child? These are the questions that some APs are facing.
What is then an AP to do? Why then were some of these children placed for ICA? Is the social worker report a piece of fiction then? How can a parent tell an adoptee about their own story if what the AP has is not quite an accurate picture to borderline fictional.
How many sending countries is this same scenario being repeated?