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On a mission trip to Mexico my husband and I met two boys 13 and 14 years old, orphans living at a boy's home.  Their aunt had custody but 3 years ago her rights were revoked and the state of Nuevo Leon took custody.  The boys stay at the boys home for the school year and are returned to the orphanage for vacations which is a constant source of anguish and pain for them.

We have become very close to the boys over the past year.  My husband and I have been foster parents off and on since 2000 and have had two home studies done but not by a Hague certified agency.  Is there any possibility that we might be able to adopt or somehow take custody of these boys in the future?  Or is there any way that we could gain permission for them to spend their vacations from the residential home with us in the US?

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Dianne,
Thank you for your question.  Our advice is to speak to an attorney who is skilled in international custody and adoption as per the Hague.  Mexico is a Hague country.  Typically before any custody, visitation or adoption plans would need to be made, a determination of orphan status is required.  

We have found an expert in this topic, her information is below.  She is an immigration attorney and a Hague Specialist.

Nina Juncewicz, Esq. Juncewicz Law Group, P.C.
1645 Hertel Avenue
The Historic Sample Building
Buffalo New York 14216
njuncewicz@nfjlawgroup.com
(716) 836-1500

Best wishes to you,
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22 years in the adoption field. Michele Fried is the founder and chair of Adoption STAR. Her foremost responsibilities are the implementation of strategic plans and agency growth/expansion, financial management, board partnerships and supervision of the staff. Michele has her hands full with these responsibilities as well as initiating marketing and public relation campaigns and executing and implementing policies developed by the Board of Directors.

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CAFFA, JCICS, NACAC

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Before starting Adoption STAR. Michele worked as an educator in Pennsylvania and then after she and her husband adopted their first child, she entered the field of adoption. In 1989 she founded an adoption agency licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Micheleís own family began to grow and they chose to return home to Western New York. Michele began working locally as an Inclusion Coordinator for individuals with developmental disabilities. As the years went by, Michele was inspired by the great need for a passionate, advocacy based, non-profit child-welfare agency in this area and so Adoption STAR was born in March of 2000! Michele is very proud of the work Adoption STAR has done and continues to do, and states she is touched by the incredible birth mothers that work with the agency.

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The community-at-large has also noticed Michele and her agency. In 2003 Michele received a Business First 40 Under Forty Award and in 2004 WKBW-TV honored Michele by selecting her to be one of the communityís Everyday Heroes. The YWCA also honored Michele in 2005 by selecting her as one of twenty-six women making a difference in Western New York. In 2009 Michele was the recipient of a Business First Women of Influence Entrepreneur Award. On May 1, 2010 during the Dazzling Decade ~ A Night of Starís 10th Birthday Gala, Micheleís own agency presented her with the First Michele Fried Founderís Award. In the future, this award will be given annually to an individual whose contributions, expertise, and dedication to adoption mirror Micheleís.

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