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Will the Russian Adoption Ban Affect You?

27. December 2012 by Masha 0 Comments

A number of men who meet their soul mates in Russia or Ukraine tend to fall in love twice -- once with the Russian girl of their dreams and then again with their children! So much so that they often consider making their newly formed family official with adoption.

 

However, the current controversy regarding Russia banning U.S. citizens from adopting Russian children has some gentlemen worried if the bill will affect his future family plans.

 

Since the ban specifically seeks to safeguard orphans, of which there are 700,000 in Russia, the answer is no. 

  

Hundreds of Americans with pending adoptions are anxiously waiting to see whether Russian President Vladimir Putin signs the legislation, approved unanimously by the country's upper house of parliament Wednesday and by the lower house last week.

 

The ban is part of a larger bill seen as retaliation for the Magnitsky Act, a law President Obama signed Dec. 14 that calls for sanctions on Russians who violate human rights.

  

Critics claim the ban is targeting innocent people and that it will harm Russian orphans by depriving them of a chance to find new families. Advocates of the ban replied that it was targeting not the would be adoptive parents and children, but the U.S. legal system that had been treating cases of cruel treatment and even manslaughter of Russian children in U.S. families with inadmissible leniency.

 

19 Russian kids who have died at the hands of their American parents are a tiny fraction of the 60,000 Russian orphans adopted since 1992, many of whom have special needs, reports Adam Pertman, executive director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute. "This is children becoming pawns in a diplomatic game," he says. "The bottom-line victims are children."

 

According to a poll conducted by the Public Opinion Foundation, 56 percent of Russians support the ban on U.S. adoptions with only 21 percent standing against it and 23 percent having no opinion on the matter.

 

Sources: Russia Today, USA Today