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Russian region completely bans foreign adoptions

Published time: September 25, 2013 09:06
Edited time: September 25, 2013 10:10
Adoptive mother Yelena from Russia’s Volgograd together with a child she adopted in a Moscow orphanage/
RIA Novosti / Vladimir Pesnya

Adoptive mother Yelena from Russia’s Volgograd together with a child she adopted in a Moscow orphanage/ RIA Novosti / Vladimir Pesnya

The legislature of the coal-mining territory of Kemerovo has voted to completely outlaw adoptions of local children by foreigners, making their region the first subject of the Russian Federation to introduce such a radical measure.

The official comments to the bill read that “the solution of the problem of adoption of Russian citizens is the internal issue of the Russian state.”

One of the Kemerovo lawmakers, Galina Solovyova, has said that the work on the bill had commenced because of numerous reports about violations of rights of children adopted into foreign families, about cruel treatment or even violent deaths of such kids. She also recalled that some Western nations had dedicated internet resources “allowing to buy and sell adopted Russian children,” most likely referring to the recently-uncovered underground adoptions network that allowed US adoptive parents to “re-home” kids they no longer wanted.

Currently there are two nationwide adoption bans in Russia – the ban on adoptions by US citizens and by proxy of US organizations came into force in late December 2012, and the ban on adoptions by foreign same-sex couples was introduced in early July this year.

It should also be noted that Russian authorities are heavily promoting the practice of bilateral agreements between other countries regulating adoptions. These documents grant Russian officials some control over the fate of adopted kids who are considered Russian citizens before coming of age, at which time they can choose their own citizenship.

Several Russian officials have also suggested outlawing the adoption of Russian kids to countries where same sex marriage is legalized, to prevent them becoming part of such families by changing parents. This measure has not yet been passed.

The initial act banning US adoptions caused a wave of protests in Russian mass media, internet and sometimes in Russian streets. Opponents of this measure noted that it would deprive tens of thousands of Russian orphans of a chance for a better life across the ocean, adding that US citizens often adopted sick kids who had very slim chances of adoption at home.

Supporters of the bill pointed to the fact that US authorities had been extremely reluctant to allow Russian diplomatic staff to oversee the investigation of cases of cruel treatment and sometimes even killings of adopted Russian children in US families.

When the ban was eventually introduced, Russian legislators went on to approve a set of amendments that simplified the internal adoption procedure and increased the state allowances to adopting families.

Comments (30)

 

amber b 04.04.2014 09:33

It's ridiculous to believe that Russian orphans would be better off in their orphanages than to be adopted by an american couple. Your orphans live in deplorable conditions and deserve better than that. As a matter of fact I say it's child abuse.

 

Kay Emery 14.12.2013 06:21

I just wish people who post comments would do it with a little class and sensitivity. What is put out there is out there for the world to read, and this is how we are portraying America--a land, by the way, that I love.

 

Dawn 09.12.2013 21:22

Ken 29.09.2013 07:28

Russia is trying to protect their children from sexual degenerates while the US seems intent on destroying their youth. Funny how things have turned. Russia doing the right things, America flushing itself down the toilet. The disgusting thing for me is that people are angry at Russia for trying to do to help their children. Sick.

  


I agree. America's schools, hospitals, government, and economy are a mess. People have disregarded God and morality in the USA. I hope that other communities in Russia will guard and protect their children too.

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