Four years ago, Cambodia stopped allowing international adoptions due to allegations of child trafficking. Recently, the country announced that it plans to start allowing this family law procedure again, which is good news for New York residents who are interested in becoming adoptive parents.
International Cambodian adoptions were stopped in 2009 due to allegations that poor parents were being tricked into putting their children up for adoption. Brokers and dishonest government officials were charging foreign families huge sums of money to adopt these children. Sometimes the proper checks into the adoptive family's background were not carried out. In 2001, France, the United Kingdom and the United States barred their citizens from adopting Cambodian children.