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February 2013Vol. 14, No. 1Putin Bans Intercountry Adoption by U.S. Families

On December 28, 2012, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a Federal law prohibiting the adoption of Russian children by U.S. families. The law, which went into effect on January 1, 2013, also restricts civil society organizations in Russia that work with U.S. partners. Several statements have been released by Federal agencies, Members of Congress, and organizations focused on adoption.

The U.S. Department of State released a statement on December 28, reading:
"American families have adopted over 60,000 Russian children over the past 20 years, and the vast majority of these children are now thriving thanks to their parents' loving support. The Russian government's politically motivated decision will reduce adoption possibilities for children who are now under institutional care. We regret that the Russian government has taken this step rather than seek to implement the bilateral adoption agreement that entered into force in November."

Read the full statement on the Department's website:

The Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs issued an Alert in December, providing advice to U.S. families currently in the process of adopting a child from Russia. The Alert is available on the Bureau's website:

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Additional statements or articles regarding Russia's ban on intercountry adoptions by U.S. families are listed below: