Adoption in Russia: It is great that Russia is trying to simplify
the adotion process. But I am concerned that the proposal to pay
adoptive parents $3315 if they adopt children with disabilities,
brother and sister pairs, and children over seven.
Since the average salary is so low and rates of poverty are so
high, I worry that a lot of families may see only 3315 reasons to
adopt and not the most important reason of really wanting a child
Last year Russian adoptive parents returned over 8000 adopted
children to their orphanages. Something needs to be done to
insure children are not just adopted for the one time
MOSCOW, February 12 - RAPSI. The Russian
government has approved a bill drafted by the Ministry of
Education and Science to stimulate adoption in Russia, the
governments press service said.
The ministry has proposed that a one-time payment of up to
100,000 rubles ($3,315) be approved for the adoptive parents
of children with disabilities, brother and sister pairs, and
children over seven.
The bill is to be submitted to the State Duma by March 1,
2013. The law could apply to as many as 100,000 orphans.
Furthermore, the proposal includes simplifying the adoption
procedure, in particular to extend the interim custody of
orphans to six months. The procedure for collecting the
necessary information would also be simplified, and the
validity period of some medical certificates would be
Orphans again became the subject of public discussion after
the Dima Yakovlev law passed and came into force on January
1. The bill bans the US adoption of Russian children and was
approved in response to the Magnitsky Act. It was
unofficially named in memory of Dima Yakovlev, the
two-year-old Russian boy who died after his US adoptive
father left him in the car for nine hours, as well as in
memory of all Russian children who were killed or abused by
their adoptive families in the US.
While commenting on the ban, the Russian authorities also
appealed for adoption process improvements at home.
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