Unfortunately, this is the second time this assurance has been
made. The first did not seem to make a difference. I believe each
court in Russia will continue to interprete and inforce the new
ban on US adoptions as they feel it is in their interest to do.
That does not give much reassurance to parents caught in the
process. Either way, as this article states, it offers no hope
for the over 1500 adoptive parents who were in the process of
adopting from Russia, yet had not received their court decree.
U.S. adoptions from Russia By Court Before 1/1/13 will proceed
Some of the Russian children caught in limbo by their country's
ban on adoptions by Americans have left for the United States
with their new parents, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow said
The confirmation from press attaché Joseph Kruzich was the
first official word that any of the 46 children had been
allowed to leave Russia. Kruzich did not say exactly how many
of the children had left, but it was clear that all of these
adoptions could now go forward, bringing huge relief to the
children's would-be parents in America.
The ban on adoptions by Americans was rushed through Russia's
parliament and signed by President Vladimir Putin in December
in retaliation for a U.S. law that sanctions Russians said to
have violated human rights.
But the hasty enactment left many questions unresolved,
including the fates of the 46 children whose adoptions had just
been approved by Russian courts. The court approval of the
adoptions had to be followed by a 30-day waiting period, but
that period wasn't over before the ban went into effect Jan. 1,
leaving the children in legal limbo.
Many of the adoptive parents came to Russia last week hoping to
take home children with whom they had already bonded during two
or more previous trips to Russia as part of the lengthy
But some of the Americans were left hanging when officials
refused to turn over the children, citing uncertainty over the
new law. Others had more luck, but kept low profiles, unwilling
to jeopardize adoptions that still seemed shaky.
Russia's Supreme Court was asked to establish a legal framework
for resolving the dilemma and it issued its ruling Tuesday,
stating firmly that all adoptions approved by courts by Jan. 1,
even if they had not gone into effect, would be allowed to
proceed. The same assurances had been given last Thursday by
Russia's ombudsman for children's rights, but his words carried
no legal weight.
The embassy press attaché confirmed that some of the American
families had managed to get their new children even before the
Supreme Court ruling.
"Following up on recent statements by Russian authorities, the
embassy can confirm that several adoptions have been finalized
under Russian law," Kruzich said. "The embassy in Moscow has
processed the applications of these adopting parents in
accordance with standard procedures. We will continue
processing those cases that are approved by Russian courts."
The first children left Russia on Friday and Saturday, a day
after their applications were processed by the embassy.
Hundreds more families - perhaps 1,500 in all - were in some
earlier phase of pursuing an adoption from Russia. The Supreme
Court ruling appears to put an end to their hopes.
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