Recently there has been some slow down in the EP approvals. This was based on many feedbacks I have received from people wanting to know the reason for the slow down.
I checked into this, and I am told that because of the personnel changes in the ministry (almost entire department members changed), this has created some slow down, but just recently some of the backlogged EPs have been getting approvals by the new staff, and it is expected that the new staff will pick up the speed as time goes.
I am told that currently there are approximately 600 cases of domestic adoptions that have been submitted to family court to date. So we can predict a total of 400 EPs submitted for intercountry adoption, with many of them have already been approved. While this is a far cry from the quota level for 2013, it is a significant accomplishment despite all the difficulties faced this year.
The agencies are working hard to increase the domestic adoption numbers. But despite the accomplishments in both domestic and intercountry, they fear that the illegal adoption(adoption without proper documentation nor the process) has seen a significant rise, and they don't know how to go about controling this.
As for the family court, there is a rumor that an additional judge may be assigned, and if this happens there will be five judges. I recommended eight judges, but we will see how this plays out in the future.