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    Russia’s Plan to Bar American Adoptions Upends Families

    President Vladimir V. Putin’s decision on Thursday to endorse a ban on the adoption of Russian children by American citizens dealt a serious blow to an already strained diplomatic relationship, but for hundreds of Americans enmeshed in the costly, complicated adoption process, the impact was deeply personal.

    If the ban comes into force on Tuesday, as called for in the law, it stands to upend the plans of many American families in the final stages of adopting in Russia. Already, it has added wrenching emotional tumult to a process that can cost $50,000 or more, requires repeated trips overseas, and typically entails lengthy and maddening encounters with bureaucracy. The ban would apparently also nullify an agreement on adoptions between Russia and the United States that was ratified this year and went into effect on Nov. 1.

    The bill was approved unanimously by the Federation Council, the upper chamber of Parliament, on Wednesday. Mr. Putin said that he would sign it as well as a resolution also adopted Wednesday that calls for improvements in Russia’s child welfare system. “I intend to sign the law,” Mr. Putin said, “as well as a presidential decree changing the procedure of helping orphaned children, children left without parental care, and especially children who are in a disadvantageous situation due to their health problems.”
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    This law seems stupid and pathetic. It seems that the anti-Americanism in Russia still remains. I see no point in this bill. If American citizens are offering children in Russia a loving family and a better life in the US why not allow them? Idiotic bill.


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    Re: Russia’s Plan to Bar American Adoptions Upends Families

    Given the results of the last election it is clear that the majority of Americans make poor decisions for future generations. Turns out Sting was right, the Russians love their children too.

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    Re: Russia’s Plan to Bar American Adoptions Upends Families

    It is good to know that Russia is as stupid as we are. Petty Pathetic Putin.


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    Read more @: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/28/wo...dren.html?_r=0

    This law seems stupid and pathetic. It seems that the anti-Americanism in Russia still remains. I see no point in this bill. If American citizens are offering children in Russia a loving family and a better life in the US why not allow them? Idiotic bill.

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    Re: Russia’s Plan to Bar American Adoptions Upends Families

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Read more @: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/28/wo...dren.html?_r=0

    This law seems stupid and pathetic. It seems that the anti-Americanism in Russia still remains. I see no point in this bill. If American citizens are offering children in Russia a loving family and a better life in the US why not allow them? Idiotic bill.
    Chicago-area adoption advocates fear a pending ban on adoptions of Russian children by U.S. parents will adversely affect those adoptions already in progress.

    "We're concerned that there about 46 children who have been matched with families here in the United States that that process is underway -- we're concerned that those adoptions now will not be allowed to go forward," said attorney Julie Tye of the nearly 100-year-old "The Cradle" adoption agency.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday to institute the ban in response to the United States action to freeze the American assets of Russians accused of human rights violations.


    Source: Adoption Advocates Wary of Pending Russian Ban | NBC Chicago
    Tom's son and his wife adopted a baby from China last year. They were matched six months before the process was completed. They visited him in China...kept in touch via photos from the agency...it's as if they birthed that baby. Had this happened to them, had that adoption been blocked, they would have mourned just as surely as if that child had died.

    This is heartbreaking for these 40+ couples...just heartbreaking.
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    Re: Russia’s Plan to Bar American Adoptions Upends Families

    This appears to be a "tit for tat" situation...

    Adoption ban in Russia adoption highlights political rift | Alaska Dispatch

    On a side note, my wife is a Russian citizen and we have a 5 year old daughter. This may have some serious implications for us the next time we are in Russia if things escalate.
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    Re: Russia’s Plan to Bar American Adoptions Upends Families

    Quote Originally Posted by tech30528 View Post
    Given the results of the last election it is clear that the majority of Americans make poor decisions for future generations. Turns out Sting was right, the Russians love their children too.
    not so much their orphans.....
    I know of a few. Under developed, under fed, under loved....many of them have trouble academically and socially. What they are doing is just as stupid as saying black children can only be adopted by black parents. I know some of them as well. One set of twins in particular that attend the same church we do....the kids are a hoot. About 6 years old by now, and they are super twins, if there is such a term. Whatever one is doing, the other is right there doing the same thing.
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    Re: Russia’s Plan to Bar American Adoptions Upends Families

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Tom's son and his wife adopted a baby from China last year. They were matched six months before the process was completed. They visited him in China...kept in touch via photos from the agency...it's as if they birthed that baby. Had this happened to them, had that adoption been blocked, they would have mourned just as surely as if that child had died.

    This is heartbreaking for these 40+ couples...just heartbreaking.
    Our son's best friend and wife have adopted 2 little chinese boys. These programs are the solution to the problem of infertile couples who want children. Too bad politics has to get in the way.
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    Re: Russia’s Plan to Bar American Adoptions Upends Families

    One must be very careful adopting from non-Western countries. In the past, their practice has been to certify problematic children such as AIDs babies so that their governments don't have to pay for them. All children need love, but that's probably not what you were hoping for.

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    Re: Russia’s Plan to Bar American Adoptions Upends Families

    ...meanwhile, the Russian Mail Order Bride business hums merrily along.

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