Posted by: icmadoptionnetwork | May 8, 2013

Update on Russian Orphanages

The Washington Post recently published a really great article on the status of Russian orphanages and the adoption system. Here are some interesting facts from the article:

  • In 2004, there were 5,865 adoptions of Russian children by U.S. families. In 2012, there were only 752. Russia is now closed to American families desiring to adopt.
  • It is estimated that almost 10,000 Russian orphans are returned to the orphanage each year by frustrated adoptive couples.
  • In a study in the Murmansk region of Russia, 60 to 70 percent of the orphans had signs of fetal alcohol syndrome.
  • As many as 25 percent of American families that have adopted Russian children report later that they do not believe their children will ever be able to live independently due to developmental delays.

The fact is, studies show that children are resilient, and typically succeed best when placed in a family setting rather than an institutional setting. Please continue to pray for the children in these orphanages and for reform within the state system in Russia. If you would like to read the entire Washington Post article, here is the link:


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