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Current State of Ukrainian Adoptions

ORPHANSWith all of the ruckus of Russia invading Crimea, we thought our friends would like an update. Ukrainian adoptions are still open, but Crimean adoptions, for all intents and purposes are closed with Crimea being illegally annexed by Russia.

The American Embassy in Kyiv (Kiev) is trying to get it all straight, but just as happened in Russia with adoptions over a year ago, there are families in limbo. It appears as though their children will not get out of Krim (Crimea) and our prayers are with them.

Part of my family came from this region long ago. They were IMG_0590Russian, and all of this land was Russian back in the day. Yet, that doesn’t mean that Russia can simply march right back in and take over whenever they want….

Approximately 30 Crimean orphanages in the Black Sea area are affected by the Russian adoption ban which now extends to them. Another 350 orphanages lie within southeastern Ukraine and are in a precarious position should Russia continue in its land expansion of formerly-Russian territories.

Stay tuned, stay alert, and try to get your adoptions processed as quickly as possible if you’re already in the pipeline. Most of all, keep the children in your prayers.

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