Nepal’s orphans in limbo

In the wake of the U.S.’s suspension of international adoptions from Nepal — because of inadequate documentation proving the children were, in fact, abandoned — some Nepalese children are stuck in limbo between orphanages in their home country and adoptive families in the U.S.

Bina, who was found abandoned when she was 6 months old, was born with the birth defect of a cleft pallet. She lived in an orphanage in Kathmandu, Nepal, before being adopted by an American. Photo: Anup Kaphle

Bina 

Bina, who was found abandoned when she was 6 months old, was born with the birth defect of a cleft pallet. She lived in an orphanage in Kathmandu, Nepal, before being adopted by an American. Photo: Anup Kaphle

Dee Dee Milton, with her adopted daughter Bina in Kathmandu, Nepal. Milton was one of the American adoptive parents stuck in Nepal when the U.S. stopped all adoptions of abandoned children citing unreliable documents. The new regulations left Milton in limbo, unable to bring her child back home. Photo: Anup Kaphle

Dee Dee and Bina 

Dee Dee Milton, with her adopted daughter Bina in Kathmandu, Nepal. Milton was one of the American adoptive parents stuck in Nepal when the U.S. stopped all adoptions of abandoned children citing unreliable documents. The new regulations left Milton in limbo, unable to bring her child back home. Photo: Anup Kaphle

Karuna outside the home where she lives with her parents in a one-room shack in Kathmandu, Nepal. She was matched for adoption to a Louisiana-based couple. After they adopted her, they learned that, though they had been told that she had no family, both of her parents were alive and desperately looking for her. Photo: Habiba Nosheen

Karuna 

Karuna outside the home where she lives with her parents in a one-room shack in Kathmandu, Nepal. She was matched for adoption to a Louisiana-based couple. After they adopted her, they learned that, though they had been told that she had no family, both of her parents were alive and desperately looking for her. Photo: Habiba Nosheen

Karuna with her biological father, Rajan Kumar Nepali, outside their home in Kathmandu. Three years ago, Rajan Nepali went to rehab for drug addition and placed his children in an orphanage for temporary shelter. When he left rehab, he learned that his daughter had been declared an orphan and was being sent to the U.S. for adoption. Photo: Habiba Nosheen

Karuna and her father 

Karuna with her biological father, Rajan Kumar Nepali, outside their home in Kathmandu. Three years ago, Rajan Nepali went to rehab for drug addition and placed his children in an orphanage for temporary shelter. When he left rehab, he learned that his daughter had been declared an orphan and was being sent to the U.S. for adoption. Photo: Habiba Nosheen

Maya Nepali, Karuna’s mother, washes dishes in her makeshift kitchen outside her one-room home in Kathmandu. Maya works as a maid to supplement her family’s income. Photo: Habiba Nosheen

Maya 

Maya Nepali, Karuna’s mother, washes dishes in her makeshift kitchen outside her one-room home in Kathmandu. Maya works as a maid to supplement her family’s income. Photo: Habiba Nosheen

Correspondent Habiba Nosheen shoots inside an orphanage in Kathmandu shortly after the U.S. suspended adoptions of all abandoned children from Nepal. The U.S. government says the documents provided by the Nepalese authorities were not reliable. The suspension left more than 70 American families in adoption limbo. Photo: Anup Kaphle

Inside an orphanage 

Correspondent Habiba Nosheen shoots inside an orphanage in Kathmandu shortly after the U.S. suspended adoptions of all abandoned children from Nepal. The U.S. government says the documents provided by the Nepalese authorities were not reliable. The suspension left more than 70 American families in adoption limbo. Photo: Anup Kaphle

Children in an orphanage in Kathmandu. The orphanage director says that, without the adoption fees to help fund the orphanage, it has had to disrupt the children’s education and send them to more affordable schools. Photo: Habiba Nosheen

Inside an orphanage 

Children in an orphanage in Kathmandu. The orphanage director says that, without the adoption fees to help fund the orphanage, it has had to disrupt the children’s education and send them to more affordable schools. Photo: Habiba Nosheen

A child in an orphanage in Kathmandu. Photo: Habiba Nosheen

Inside an orphanage 

A child in an orphanage in Kathmandu. Photo: Habiba Nosheen

A child napping inside a crib in an orphanage in Kathmandu. Until recently, Americans were the number one receivers of Nepalese children. Photo: Habiba Nosheen

Inside an orphanage 

A child napping inside a crib in an orphanage in Kathmandu. Until recently, Americans were the number one receivers of Nepalese children. Photo: Habiba Nosheen

 

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