Russian Ban on U.S. Adoptions
Russia’s lower house of parliament approved a law banning Americans from adopting Russian children today, in retaliation for U.S. human rights legislation which questions Russians’ treatment of its own citizens. The law is in response to American legislation known as the Magnitsky Act, passed by the U.S. Congress to impose visa bans and asset freezes on Russian officials accused of involvement in the 2009 death in custody of anti-corruption lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.
The bill should be voted upon in the Russian Senate next week and President Vladimir Putin is expected to sign it into law following that. Once again, children are the pawns in Mother Russia’s political struggles, for also linked to the bill is the outlawing of U.S.-funded “non-profit organizations that engage in political activity”, as well as the running of NGOs by Russians who hold American passports.
Hopefully, adoptive parents are smart enough to wake up and smell the coffee: everybody knows that Russian coffee stinks. That’s why they drink chai. That’s why you should adopt from another country like Ukraine.
What if Putin nixes the law and he simply wants to flex his iron arm? RUN. FROM. RUSSIAN. ADOPTIONS.
Hopefully, you are an intelligent pre-adoptive parent. Read the writing on the wall. Russia has gone from no pre-adoptive parental training to 80 hours of training required. Russia has gone from a one-trip, no post-court waiting period system, to a 10-day wait, then a 30-day wait, and now a four-trip system to adopt. The dossiers have gone from a book-like stack of documents maybe two inches thick, to those approximating double that size. It’s not enough to ask that the children be fairly healthy (they never are, unless you count the absence of a cold on the day of adoption to be “healthy”, while they suffer FAS, Down Syndrome, PTSD due to horrific abuse and neglect), now the adoptive parents need to undergo 8-Doctor Medical Exams and the giving of blood on Russian soil. Often repeatedly, if the earlier exam has “expired” after 30 or 60 days.
It’s nuts, people, it’s nuts. While I want all of the Russian children to be adopted by safe, loving families, this is not worth it.
It’s time to pull the plug, let their economy and political structure go down the tubes, and just say no. Get ready for a cold winter as the Cold War goes into deep freeze.
PS – Read some of my earlier posts about Ukraine’s process. No upper age limit for parents, approximately school-age for children (few babies available unless they have an older sibling and you adopt both), about 1/2 the price of Russian adoption, one 5-6 week stay in country–or possibly make that into two trips, no agency necessary but a facilitator would be helpful.
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