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Moscow Suspends Russian Children’s Adoption by U.S. Citizens – Foreign Ministry

Topic: Talks on bilateral child adoption agreement

Russian Foreign Ministry
18:30 11/02/2012
MOSCOW, February 11 (RIA Novosti)
Tags: adoption, Russian Foreign Ministry, United States, Russia, Moscow

Moscow will suspend the adoption of Russian children by U.S. citizens until the Russian-U.S. adoption deal comes into force, Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.

The move comes after series of incidents involving the mistreatment of adopted Russian children in the United States.

“Regarding the incessant series of crimes in the United States against adopted Russian children, Russian Foreign Ministry rules that the adoption procedures for the U.S. citizens should be suspended until the Russian-U.S. adoption deal, signed on July 13, 2011, comes into force,” the ministry said in a statement.

Russia and the United States signed a bilateral adoption agreement in July which states several important points, including psychological testing of the adoptive parents as well as obliges adoptive parents to work with only accredited adoption agencies.

According to the Ministry, the U.S. district court in Pennsylvania issued “an unreasonably mild sentence on February 3 to Theresa McNulty who brutally abused her Russian adoptee, a 6-year-old Dasha.”

McNulty, who first attracted police’s attention in 2009 when the local hospital’s staff reported about a 3-year-old child, suffering severe injuries across her body, was sentenced to 23 months in jail with a possibility to be freed on parole in eight-month time.

“It is the new case of violence against a Russian child in the United States, about which the Department of State informed us only three years after the crime had been committed,” the Ministry said, adding that this situation posed serious concerns about the U.S. authorities’ capability to protect the rights of Russian adopted children.”

Russia is one of the largest sources of foreign adoptions for U.S. families. The latest official figures show that about 60,000 children born in Russia have been adopted by families in the United States since the adoptions started more than 15 years ago. As of January, 2011, 17 Russian children adopted by U.S. parents have died as a result of child abuse.

The Foreign Ministry also pledged to toughen requirements for other foreign adoptive families.

 

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  • arnoldvinette@yahoo.comThe irony of this situation
    19:41, 11/02/2012
    I can't help but comment on the irony of this situation.

    The adoption of Russian children by parents any where in the world needs to be governed by laws that ensure that the children are well taken care of. This applies not just to the United States but anywhere these children might be adopted.

    The problem however stems from the fact that there are 250,000 children in Russian orphanages.

    250,000! This figure is unreal.

    The Russian government first and foremost needs to start taking care of its own people and ensuring that they have the proper education and jobs in their society so that children are wanted and not abandoned to the orphan's home.

    Before pointing a figure at the United States and parents around the world who want to try and help Russian children, the Russian government first needs to point their own finger at themselves and ask the serious question "Why in the first place do we have 250,000 Russian orphan children? Why?!"

    Solve this problem and then there would never be the problem in the first place of needing families from the United States and around the world to adopt Russian orphans.

    One possible solution for the Russian government in this case is the implementation of "Work Credits" that places an economic value on all people in Russia including children.

    In this way children become an economic asset to the family allowing their parents to care for them and raise them.

    For parents who are unable to care for their children due to drug problems, alcoholism, or death from unfortunate accidents (28,000 Russians die a year in traffic accidents, 60,000 from suicide and a multitude of others from other causes - RIA Novosti figures)

    Assign Russian children an economic value (ie $50,000 a year to go to school) that can be used to help raise them, pay for clothes, food, shelter and the other necessities of life.

    The Russian government first and foremost needs to solve their own problem of having 250,000 Russian orphans.

    This is the REAL problem.

    Parents from the United States and other countries face huge challenges raising children from Russian orphanages because the psychological damage has already been done. The altruistic parents simply do not know the challenges they are getting themselves into.

    United States parents adopting troubled local children face the same challenges.

    Here is an example of a domestic United States couple from San Francisco who adopted a local boy at the age of 4 years in 2000 because they wanted to help. The child was in foster care and had been neglected by his birth parents because he had Asperger's Syndrome. In January 2012 at 16 years he killed both of his adoptive parents over an argument.

    Problems with adopted children are not limited to Russia

    Russia is simply exporting its problem children around the world because it CANNOT deal with the problem itself.

    Well its time for the Russian Government to take control of the problem of their orphan children and turn them into valuable Russian citizens.

    Problems with Russian orphans adopted by parents aboard will NEVER end because these kids come with a host of psychological problems. Psychological problems that would manifest themselves both at home in Russia and abroad.

    This comment is based on all of the information written by RIA Novosti and articles in the west.

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    One possible solution for the Russian government in this case is the implementation of "Work Credits" that places an economic value on all people in Russia including children.

    In this way children become an economic asset to the family allowing their parents to care for them and raise them.

    Assign Russian children an economic value (ie $50,000 a year to go to school) that can be used to help raise them, pay for clothes, food, shelter and the other necessities of life.

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    The Russian government first and foremost needs to solve their own problem of having 250,000 Russian orphans.

    This is the REAL problem.

    Arnold Vinette
    Ottawa, Canada
    • LatinLettersOnly"Work Credits" again???
      22:56, 11/02/2012
      Maybe you could sell yourself to an Oligarch for $50,000 a year, and become their personal slave then?

      "Work Credits" may induce laziness and mediocrity that backfires. What if the person isn't worth $50,000 per year? A lot of people aren't even worth $15,000 per year, even if they work full time.

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