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Parents must look elsewhere to adopt as Russia closes its doors

Choosing to adopt a child is a huge decision for families. The adoption process can be long and rigorous and once parents start down this road and get their hopes up, it is hard to turn back. The process can be quite expensive, reaching the tens of thousands, and parent may have to undergo extensive background checks.

Sadly, for many families, the adoption process came to a screeching halt this past December when Russia signed a ban in to law that prevents U.S. adoptions. The ban left both American families and Russian children stranded in the middle of adoption negotiations. And for Michigan families considering adoption, Russia may no longer be an option.

Although U.S. parents have completed over 60,000 adoptions in the past twenty years with Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that Russian children should find placement within their home country instead. Russia also claimed that it had concerns over how adoptive families in America treated the children. An 18-year-old boy recently returned to Russia stating that his adoptive family in the U.S. treated him poorly and verbally abused him.

Some people say the move may even be politically motivated as retaliation against the U.S. The U.S. recently enacted a ban against Russian violators of human rights on American soil.

Regardless of the motivations, many say the ban actually hurts the children. American families know to be more willing to adopt children with disabilities or illnesses. But for now families may have to wait many years before Russian adoption is an option. Parents looking to adopt internationally could benefit from working with a Michigan adoption law firm. Working with legal representation may help avoid an roadblocks in the adoption process and prevent the heartache that is sure to follow when an adoption falls through.

Source: source publication, "Outrage, sadness as Americans barred from adopting Russian children," Jim Maceda, March 31, 2013

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