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Putin Signs Anti-Adoption Law — Adoptive Families’ Response?

5655Russian_passportsAbout a month after the US-Russia adoption accord was signed, Tsar Putin has ruled that Americans are no longer worthy to adopt Russia’s unwanted children.  Parents that have gone to court for specific children will be allowed to keep them, however, around 40-50 who are pre-court in process are being told they will lose their referred children forever.

This pitiful soul, who uses orphans as his political pawns, needs a waking-up.  Petitions won’t do it, protests won’t do it.

I say we flood the Russian Embassies with children worldwide, brandishing their Russian passports and asking to relinquish their citizenship.  Naturally, they are closed now that Putin’s wonderful announcement has been made.  And of course, no one can renounce their citizenship until they are 18.

But, Monday, January the 14th, 2:30 to 5:30 pm, cometh, when their Passport Section should be reopened (Mondays and Thursdays, 2:30 to 5:30 pm) – [updated date].

Dress in black, appear somber, tell the embassies of your shame and embarrassment.  Send it viral.  Let your voice be heard, and meanwhile, write e-mails to the press.



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16 Comments : Leave a Reply

  1. avatar Sarah says:

    Alexandra, I am sick over the entire thing. It is terrible. What a sick government.

    • avatar admin says:

      It is truly sick, that’s the best word, Sarah. I had to explain to our kids and all I could say is that Pres. Putin is a very troubled and sick man. I mean, who in the world would penalize children for the issues of adults and nations??? It’s abusive, plain and simple.

      We just came from a wedding. The groom was a domestic adoptee, and here, on his day of happiness, as we were leaving the reception, he whispered to me, “You know that Putin signed it today.” We both shook our heads. I think he was concerned that our kids might not know, yet. But I told him that we had our own little protest of sorts planned….

  2. avatar Shelley says:

    What do you feel about writing the Russian Ambassador in DC?

    His Excellency Sergey I. Kislyak
    Ambassador to the United States
    Embassy of Russia
    2650 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W.
    Washington, DC 20007

    • avatar admin says:

      Speaking out in any way is positive. I tend to think these letters might be thrown in the trash, but you never know. The idea is not to be silent. Bold moves might be even more effective, since no one will ever know if one letter or 100,000 letters were written. Carrying placards in front of the embassy or consulates, writing to the press and members of congress, showing up and returning passports… these acts are a little more difficult to deny/avoid. The key is for everyone to do SOMETHING and hopefully, several things, over the next two weeks.

  3. avatar Sybil says:

    Here is some information I received:

    The State Department shares the following suggestions:

    Adoptive families, the adopted children who are old enough, and those who care about inter-country adoption, write to the Russian Embassy/Ambassador to express their views in support of keeping adoption open: e-mail for the Russian Embassy is: russianembassy@mindspring.com. The snail mail address is:

    His Excellency Sergey I. Kislyak
    Ambassador to the United States
    Embassy of Russia
    2650 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W.
    Washington, DC 20007

    They also suggested that people may want to write their congressman or senators in their respective states, to make sure that they are aware of the situation and that they receive the viewpoint of their constituents on inter-country adoption between the US and Russia.

    As always, go to http://www.adoption.state.gov for more information as it breaks.

    Here is an excerpt from the State Department ALert :

    U.S. families currently in the process of adopting a child from Russia are encouraged to reach out to the Department of State at AskCI@state.gov to provide information regarding where they are in the adoption process. We encourage families to use the subject line “Intercountry adoption in Russia – family update.” We will seek to provide information directly to families that contact our office through email as it becomes available. Information regarding the
    passage of any legislation that affects U.S. citizens who are in the process of adopting a child from Russia will also be posted on adoption.state.gov. “

    • avatar admin says:

      Thank you, Sybil. Also, the date of Tues., Jan. 8th, may not work for any visit to the Passport Office of the Embassy. Monday, Jan. 14th, may be better since the Passport Section is open on Mondays and Thursdays from 2.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. I will adjust my comments in the text of the blog to reflect this.

  4. avatar Bev Gunn says:

    Putin has shown his true colors in the realm of human rights-he has no respect for even the children who are our world’s future! My heart cries for the unfortunate children who are given this death sentence. God have mercy on their souls!

  5. avatar Jancee says:

    What a wonderful idea! I’m sure Russia will be delighted that you’re teaching your Russian-born underage kids who hold dual US-Russiab citizenship to dislike Russia! That’ll totally make Putin more likely to resume adoptions!

    Because it is not like The US violated the adoption treaty first by refusing to allow Russian officials consular access to a Russian-born boy that was abused in Florida called Maxim Babayev.

    If the US government is unwilling to hold up its end of the adoption treaty all of seven weeks since it came into force, why should russia?

    Russia’s not required to allow Americans to adopt their kids. The sense of entitlement so many adoptive and prospective adoptive parents is galling. If 19 American kids had been killed at the hands of their Russian adoptive parents, I’ve no doubt US politicians would pass a law banning Russians from adopting to be 100% certain there won’t be a 20th dead American child.

    • avatar admin says:

      We are not “teaching” our children to dislike Russia, we have been teaching them for years to like Russia. We are a Russian-American family long before we adopted any Russian children. Our children came to us starved, abused, and neglected… from the hands of Russians. They have friends in the system, and aging out of the system, and it’s not a pretty picture.

      Our goal here is not to “make Putin resume adoptions”. There are thousands of Russian kids killed at the hand of their Russian bio, adoptive, and foster parents every year. Thousands more returned to the orphanages by Russians when their stipends ($) run out. Read the stats. The kids are more safe in the U.S. than in Russia.

  6. avatar Sybil says:

    I just had a long conversation with a close Russian friend who lives in Moscow. We discussed the current adoption situation in Russia regarding the ban on Americans adopting. She told me that in general all of the people who are not connected politically think it is a real shame that this has happened. She also told me exactly what you said Alexandra. That is that thousands of Russian children are killed every year by parents. She also said that the question has been raised to the authorities in Russia by Russians who want to know what the death statistics are of Russian adopted children adopted in countries other than the USA. The answer given is “it isn’t relevant. Period. End of Discussion. ”
    Also, in the 15 years I have been connected with foreign adoption, I have only met one family who had any “sense of entitlement” regarding adoption from any country. They have just wanted to make a family and love a child. The one family who had that sense of entitlement had it towards everything in their lives so they were not exclusive about adoption. As far as the 19 deaths of the Russian children here – that is hideous and whatever measures needed to be taken to try to see why and how that can happen; the causes, the psychological breakdowns leading to the acts, or whatever it takes to make as sure as possible that it doesn’t continue, that has got to be done if it hasn’t already. Before we become their parents, we can’t imagine the psychological and physical scars the children come to us with and we are not as equipped as we might hope to solve all of the issues as much as we want to. With 750,000 children in orphanages in Russia, they too are not equipped to handle the children’s issues from before and during their orphanage stays. Like Alexandra, I think the children have a much better chance at a decent, productive, healthy and loving life with American parents than without them.

    • avatar admin says:

      Thank you for those insights, Sybil. Judging from the age of your child (college-age), you have been connected to Russian adoption longer than our family has (15 years as you say, versus when we started researching about 10-11 years ago). I couldn’t have said it better.

  7. avatar Marianna says:

    I totally agree that what Putin has done is awful. Please I am begging you all if you do contact the Russian Embassy or anyone in Russia please do not make it worse by saying that Russia or Russians are bad. Please just ask that they look further into what has been done and how the many many Russian children that have been adopted to American families have prospered and grown to be happy, healthy and productive adults in America. How the parents of these Russian children always try to keep them in touch with their heritage by forming Russian adoptee groups for them to gather. How many families still visit and give to many of the orphanages that their child(ren) came from.

    We have many families that are still trying to bring their children home from Russian and we don’t want to make it worse for them as much as we don’t agree with what the Russian government has done we have to pray that somehow someway this will be resolved for the good of all the Russian children who still need to find their “forever family”.

    • avatar admin says:

      Thanks for your comment, Marianna. I don’t know of anyone saying that Russia or Russians are bad. We all know that Pres. Putin does not totally represent Russia or Russians in general. The average Russian is not against American adoptions at all. (Some of the older, less-educated Russians may be, due to years of propaganda.)

      There are many organizing responses that are each important in their own way. Disagreeing with the government is fine, and it’s something that many high-ups surrounding Putin are doing. Getting our positive stories out to the press is also important and something that our family has participated in with the Russian press for years, as well as other international outlets that have interviewed us and our children in Russian and in English.

      Now is the time to let your voices be heard.

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