Posted by: icmadoptionnetwork | July 2, 2013

Unfortunate Russian Adoption Update

Last week U.S. officials met with Russian embassy officials to discuss the issue of international adoption. The U.S. officials have presented Russia with a list of more than 250 Russian children who were in the process of being adopted by American parents when the adoption ban went into affect on January 1, 2013.

After these meetings came to a close, Pavel Astakhov, the Kremlin’s children’s rights ombudsman came forward and stated that no more Russian children would be allowed to join their prospective adoptive families in the U.S. He stated that “the issue is closed because there is no process.” Astakhov has been a major proponent of the adoption ban. He went on to explain that over half of the children on the list of 250 have already been placed with adoptive families in Russia, placed in a foster homes, or placed back with their biological parents.

U.S. officials remain “ready to continue discussions with Russia on inter-country adoptions and the welfare of children adopted from Russia, and have agreed to consult regularly going forward,” stated a State Department official.

This news comes as devastating to many prospective adoptive families that were hoping to bring home their child. I ask that each of you spend time in prayer today for these families and also the children in Russian who have been affected by the Russian government’s decision.



  1. Prayers for these children and the families who were waiting to bring them home.
    We are also continuing to pray for all waiting families, regardless of where they are in the process. ❤

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