Russia Talks of Ammending Adoption Law

For Americans, the ban on adopting Russian children is still in effect.

Denalee Chapman February 20, 2015
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It was two years ago that Vladmir Putin signed the law banning adoption of Russian orphans by Americans. Believed to be politically charged rather than a law placed in effect for the protection of children, great sadness and shock suddenly struck American families who were in the midst of adoptions. When the law was signed all adoptions came to a halt, regardless of how close the children were to going home with their parents.

Many Americans believe the law came about in a type of retaliation after America banned Russian human rights violators from entering the United States. This American ban followed the suspicious death of a Russian lawyer (working for an American firm) who exposed a tax scandal involving Russian officials.

The adoption law currently in effect not only bans Americans from adopting Russian orphans, but it also affects Russians with dual citizenship. The amendment being discussed will lift the ban for Russians with dual citizenship as long as they permanently reside in Russia.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at

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