St. Paul couple beat likely ban on adopting Russians

  • Article by: HERÓN MÁRQUEZ ESTRADA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 28, 2012 - 7:51 AM

A proposed ban on the adoptions of Russian orphans by Americans has provoked an outcry in Minnesota and elsewhere. The protestations may fall on deaf Kremlin ears.

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luzhishenDec. 27, 1211:44 PM

Gosh, no mention of the horrible case that prompted this. "In 2005, another local child abuse case involving an adopted Russian child sparked international interest. Peggy Sue Hilt pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for beating to death her 2-year-old daughter, adopted from Russia. Nina Victoria Hilt was covered in bruises and died after arriving for a visit at her grandparents' home in the Manassas area."

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nessmessDec. 28, 12 6:05 AM

I would have never thought that Putin would have more courage and heart than our politicians

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ericgus55Dec. 28, 12 7:52 AM

I have family members who have adopted from Russia, and I think it's unfortunate that this is being done. That being said, Russia is a sovereign nation and can restrict allowing folks from other nations from adopting their kids if that's what they want to do. Does the US allow children in our system to be adopted by foreign nationals?

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jjrnorthDec. 28, 12 8:01 AM

To luzhishen: The cases that you sited are very tragic but make up less than .2% of the 60,000 russian adoptions that have occurred since the 1990's. So shutting down an entire program for those few cases doesn't make any sense.

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gemie1Dec. 28, 12 8:01 AM

Putin and the rest of the Russian government needs to make sure that every child in an orphanage is given everything they need to thrive. They also have to work to educate their people about adoption. They need to correct the social stigma associated with adoption in Russia. Russia also has a declining population and I believe this is part of it. I just hope that the Russian government and people give these children a chance in life and not just give them the minimum amount of care and then throw them out on the street at the age of 16. These children matter.

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bracystakeDec. 28, 12 9:00 AM

I doubt this will be the point of action for the US to be self-reflective, but at some point those in charge need to revisit the extensive adoption policies and enormous fees that prevent many people from adopting right here in the US. A lot of the rules are in place for a reason but the tens of thousands of dollars to process all that paperwork is ridiculous. People want to give these children homes and in many cases it's easier to cross the globe than to cross the street.

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starvingpoorDec. 28, 1212:50 PM

to jjr north why are there drug laws gun laws rape laws just because someone has a bad time whyplace restrictions on every one else putin is now the smartest poliction ever

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