Just a quick update on the implementation of the new Law on Foreign Adoptions – news reports say the government is aiming to reopen foreign adoptions by March 2011:

Cambodia plans to reopen the door to foreign adoptions by the end of March 2011, officials said Monday, meaning the Kingdom has one year to meet strict international guidelines put in place to prevent child trafficking.

The announcement comes after the National Assembly passed a law aimed at governing international adoptions last December. Observers say the law is crucial to ending the allegedly widespread practice of “baby-buying”, but some have raised questions about the government’s ability to enforce it.”

As explained in our previous post, adoption applications that were pending at the time of the new law have been allowed to go through under the old law. But since December 2009, no further applications are being accepted until the new law is implemented.