It was late in 2012 when Russia passed the Dima Yakovlev Law. This law banned American citizens from adopting Russian children, closing U.S. Adoption Agencies in early 2013. It has been hoped by many that the law would be revoked and adoptions would once again open up to U.S. citizens. But that is not to be.
In 2012, President Vladimir Putin stated it was time for Russia to create their own system of adoptions within their country because of the majority of Russians who disapprove of foreign adoptions. Adding to the disapproval, there has been some high-profile cases where adopted Russian orphans have suffered maltreatment, and even death, in their American homes. One of those children was young Dima Yakovlev, a toddler who died after being left strapped in his car seat in a closed vehicle. The father was charged with manslaughter, but was later acquitted of any wrongdoing. Thus, the Dima Yakovlev Law.
This month, the government confirmed that the law will remain in place. “From the Foreign Ministry’s angle, I can confirm that all the conditions and all of the serious blunders in the work of the American authorities that caused us to adopt the Dima Yakovlev Law currently remain,” stated Konstantine Dolgov, the ministry’s Plenipotentiary for Human Rights and the Rule of Law.
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