Serving the Adoption, Foster Care, and Safe Families for Children Communities
Friday, December 28, 2012
Russian Adoptions Update
The following is an update from the Joint Council on International Children's Services. If you are in the process of adopting from Russia, please note the Joint Council survey at the end of this page.
Would everyone else please join me in fervent prayer for the children and families affected, as well as those who are advocating at national and international levels.
Putin Signs Law Banning Intercountry Adoption
In what we can only describe as a tragedy, earlier today President Putin
signed the ban on intercountry adoption. The law goes into effect on January 1,
2013 and while some details remain unclear, it is being reported that the law
supersedes the bi-lateral adoption agreement between the US and Russia. The
status of the adoptions currently in-process is not assured at this time.
The closure of Russia to intercountry adoption follows what is now an all
too familiar string of tragedies. Children in Vietnam, Nepal, Romania and too
many other countries suffer the life-long effects of institutionalization due to
the elimination of intercountry adoption as a viable option. However unlike
other closures which were generally based on child protection issues, the
Russian ban is particularly stinging in that it is an act of politics, pure and
As a professional advocate for children and the father of two Russian born
children, this ban by the Russian government is a loss for my head and my
heart….but most of all a loss for the children of Russia.
President & CEO
Joint Council reminds those families who are in the process of adopting
from Russia of the U.S. Dept. of State’s requests that families currently in the
process of adopting a child from Russia email the Department of State at AskCI@state.gov . Families should state the stage
and status of their adoption and use “Intercountry Adoption in Russia – Family
Update” in the subject line of the email
Joint Council will continue to
engage in collaborative efforts with and through US and Russian government
officials, the Department of State, Congressional offices, Joint Council
Partners, NGOs and advocates in both countries. We will provide updates on this
situation as they become available. To receive Joint Council updates regarding
Russia, individuals are urged to sign up for our Russia email alerts, which can
be done by clicking here (Select “Country and Issue Specific
Information” and then select “Russia”).
Joint Council's Russian Ban on Intercountry Adoptions Survey
In response to the recent ban of intercountry adoptions in Russia, Joint
Council is collecting information to create a database of families currently
referred children in need of a permanent family. If referred more than one
child, please complete the survey for each child you are in the process of
You will need to provide information regarding your referral including the
date and region of the referral and birthday of the child referred. Please
contact your adoption service provider if you need additional information
regarding your referral as accurate information is important.
Information provided will be utilized to assess the extent of the situation
and more effectively advocate for these cases. Please complete this survey if
you have been referred a child, so we can fully assess all those involved. To
assist with speedy advocacy, please ensure you have completed the survey by
January 4, 2013.
The information you provide will be shared with the US Department of State,
members of Congress, and USCIS.