Russia's Putin says he intends to sign bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children

  • Article by: NATALIYA VASILYEVA , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 27, 2012 - 3:48 PM
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gemie1Dec. 27, 12 8:16 AM

Now they need to make sure that every child is given every opportunity in the world to make it in life. The people I met working in an orphanage in the far east part of Russia, loved those babies. The problem is a lack of funds being given to the orphanage. Putin and the rest of the government need to make sure these children thrive. There is still a stigma in Russia in adopting children. It is up to the powers that be to break the stigma and get these children homes. The money foreign parents pay to adopt is suppose to be given to the orphanage to buy supplies, food and toys for the children. Please, Putin make these children a priority and not just a political tool.

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reetnhDec. 27, 12 8:31 AM

What a horrible leader.

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luzhishenDec. 27, 12 8:42 AM

A number of shady players are involved in what should be a humanitarian enterprise - adoptions - and so Russia is not alone in restricting or banning adoptions from the US.

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shuckDec. 27, 12 9:09 AM

@gemie1: This has nothing to do with protecting or encouraging the thriving of unwanted Russian children languishing in orphanages, if that was the goal it could have been done at any point in the last 20 years. Hopefully, this may spur some additional Russians to adopt, but I suspect it just means that an additional 4000-5000 kids per year will be left to wilt in these institutions which likely won't see a commensurate increase in funding for the extra load...

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drillforoilDec. 27, 12 9:13 AM

Fine with me...

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justme72Dec. 27, 1210:39 AM

There are many children here in the United States that need homes. The US should not allow outside adoptions until all the children here in the US have homes. Why can't the citizens of America realize this? Why can't you adopt an American child?????

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gemie1Dec. 27, 1210:55 AM

@Shuck, I know that this is a political issue and not about what is best for the children, but my statement is that Russia needs to be more involved and putting a lot more money into these orphanages. It also did not help that some babies have died in the United States at the hands of their parents or through neglect, and the nut case, who sent her adopted son back to Russia. I just pray that Putin makes these children living in orphanages a much high priority.

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roscoe2511Dec. 27, 1210:59 AM

justme72 - I have friends who have been trying to adopt an American baby for years. Despite being extremely well fit potential parents, they still do not have a child. The truth is that there aren't that many US babies available for adoption. The truth just does not match your rhetoric.

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dmulville72Dec. 27, 1211:23 AM

justme72@ I agree with you entirely. There is nothing wrong with adopting a foreign child, but to ignore the needs of the ones in our own country is atrocious. It pains me to say it, but I believe eastern bloc adoptions are in part inspired by race. I realize thats not always the case but I would guess that is a big part of it. I feel for the children of Russia being victims of Putins policy, but we truly have to address the needs of our own before we take care of others countries children. Just my thoughts....

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markapDec. 27, 1212:06 PM

Is that what they mean when they say you have cut off your nose to spite your face?

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