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US Senate Appeals to Russia to Reconsider Adoption Law

Topic: US Adoption Ban

03:21 03/01/2013
Tags: adoption, adoption ban, Russia, United States

WASHINGTON, January 3 (By Maria Young for RIA Novosti) The US Senate has unanimously approved a resolution condemning a new Russian law banning US citizens from adopting Russian children and calling on President Vladimir Putin and the Russian leadership to reconsider the measure on humanitarian grounds.

In its resolution, approved in a vote late Tuesday, the Senate affirmed that all children deserve to live in a permanent, protective family and said it valued a “long tradition” of the US and Russian governments working together to find homes for children who have been deprived of their parents.

The Senate also said it “disapproves of the Russia law ending inter-country adoptions of Russian children by United States citizens because it primarily harms vulnerable and voiceless children” and “strongly urges the Russia Government to reconsider the law on humanitarian grounds, in consideration of the well-being of parentless Russian children awaiting a loving and permanent family.”

The Senate resolution noted that the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimates there are 740,000 children living in Russia without parental care. It also cited data from the Russian Ministry of Science and Education affirming that 110,000 children live in state institutions in Russia.

"Whatever issues our two governments may be facing, there is no political reason to put vulnerable children in the middle of political posturing," said US Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, who authored the resolution and serves as Co-Chair of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about foster care and international adoption issues.

"Children should be raised by parents, not in orphanages, institutions or alone on the street," she said.

The Russian ban on adoptions by US citizens was signed in response to the Magnitsky Act, an American law signed by President Obama in December which calls for sanctions on individual Russian citizens deemed by the United States to have violated human rights.

Critics say the Magnitsky Act, which targeted Russians alone, was discriminatory, superfluous and intentionally unfriendly. The measure infuriated Russian lawmakers, who consequently responded by passing their own human rights legislation aimed specifically at US citizens, including the adoption ban.

The back-and-forth political shouting match has left hundreds of Americans who were already in the process of adopting Russian children – many specific sets of American parents and Russian children had already been paired – in limbo.

It is not clear whether those families will be allowed to complete the adoption process and bring the children to their new homes in America.

“As a grandparent of an internationally adopted child, I know that this new law is against the interests of the Russian people, in particular Russian children,” said Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, who also serves as Co-Chair for CCAI. 

“It is nothing more than a political play against the United States that ultimately leads to greater hardships and more suffering for Russian children who will now be denied a loving family,” he said.

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  • hobbitofnylook the law is saying USA citizens are not fit parents because they are a USA citizen!.
    13:09, 03/01/2013
    As a step father to a Russian girl and a USA citizen, this law is bad for the kids. It is also a very nasty attack on USA citizens as parents. It is not based on what a parent did, but on the citizenship of the parent. What does county of citizenship have too do with being a good parent? nothing. Only a bad parent would think that citizenship was the reason a person should not adopt child. May God save Russia from the bad parents who rule Russia!
    • kadUS
      03:03, 10/01/2013
      In many ways, the US government doesn't protect other children. 1) The US hasn't ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child - every other country has.
      2) The US government has deported countless adopted people back to their birth countries.
      3) US Congress doesn't want to guarantee health coverage or protect children from gun violence.
    • koutstaal(no title)
      16:48, 03/01/2013
      The same concern the Senate expresses in its resolution applies to abandoned US-children. There are some 43,000 of them around.
      I suspect those hypocrites balking against missing the revenues on the baby trade - a white blue-eyed kid makes US$ 40,000 - 60,000 - rather than the kids' wellbeing. Everyone knows that far too many adoptions ends in the child abandoned again - like a doggy that does not meet expectations - and being traded again to another couple.
      • kadUS
        03:05, 10/01/2013
        Agreed
      • renbeUS
        22:21, 03/01/2013
        The US continues to urinate on Russia, while insisting that it is only raining. After Syria, Iran is next, and guess which country comes after Iran...

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