Russia's President Putin signs bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children

  • Article by: JIM HEINTZ , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 28, 2012 - 8:34 PM
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ericgus55Dec. 28, 1211:19 AM

I have family members who have adopted from Russia, and I find it unfortunate that the kids are being used as pawns in this situation. That being said, Russia is a sovereign nation and can put whatever restrictions it wants on the adoption of its kids by foreigners. I believe our country has restrictions on the adoption of our kids by foreign nationals, too (if anyone knows, please share). It should come as no surprise to us that Russia has reacted to our recent declarations about them (both the recent human-rights-violator business as well as what was said about Russia as "our #1 enemy" in our recent Presidential contest).

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hawkeye56379Dec. 28, 1212:35 PM

ericgus55: Of course the US and every other country has restrictions on intercountry adoptions - that's perfectly appropriate for the protection of the children. And no one questions Russia's legal right to make their own laws. But, as you said, children are being used as pawns here and that is profoundly wrong. There are many other issues that Russia can use to retaliate for what they perceive as slights without ruining the lives of defenseless orphans who may well spend their childhood in an institution as a result of this mindless political retaliation.

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ericgus55Dec. 28, 12 1:04 PM

hawkeye-- You're right, I, too believe that what Russia is doing is wrong, but it's their call to make and nothing we can do will make them change their minds. I get the sense that they see us as lecturing them about "right and wrong" at the same time they hear stories of Russian children dying of abuse in the US (it's only been a couple, but it's enough to be news over there). They don't like being lectured or sanctioned by a nation they feel is hypocritical (or calls them a "threat") so no amount of "right and wrong" talk is going to change their minds. They are proud, and telling them what to do will likely backfire. Who knows, maybe the extra attention being paid to Russian orphans right now winds up making things better for them over there. We've got hundreds of thousands of kids in our temporary foster care system looking for permanent homes, and there are plenty of other nations in the world who welcome US adoptions. Maybe that comes off as calloused, but until we've cleaned our own house...

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hawkeye56379Dec. 28, 12 1:35 PM

The case they are using as the pretext for this was not even a case of abuse, it was one of those tragic incidents where a parent forgets that a child is in the back seat of a vehicle. And the US did not refer to Russia as a "threat" - Mitt Romney did, and he doesn't speak for the US and never will. I'm not sure what you mean by cleaning our own house, but if it's just the fact that we have children in foster care, those children ARE eligible to be adopted, so it's not really equivalent to cutting off adoptions.

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batko1994Dec. 28, 12 1:39 PM

Congratulations to all the Russian MPs who had the backbone to vote for the U.S. adoption ban and to Putin for signing it. This should have been done 10 years ago, but better late than never. This law effectively puts an end to the sleazebags who run the overseas adoption business in Russia, and prevents Russian children from losing their heritage and Motherland. The state and the Russian Orthodox Church are perfectly capable of handling Russian orphans properly and arranging for domestic adoptions. Let Americans find someplace else to buy their children! Our Russian kids deserve a loving family, but they also deserve to know their language, heritage, and Motherland. There is more to life than the almighty American dollar and the video games it buys!

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gemie1Dec. 28, 12 3:49 PM

When I adopted my beautiful daughter she was under weight and was not thriving. She had a lot of issues, but is doing great today. My daughter has a lot friends, popular and a very compassionate child. My daughter also has learning disabilities. The city where I adopted my child, tried first to find her a home in Russia, but no one stepped up to the plate, because of her medical issues. My daughter, since being in the United States has thrived and is now being given extra help with reading and math. She is a smart girl. If my child had stayed in Russia, at the age of 16, she would have been out on the street and fending for herself. If Russia wants this ban against American adoption, then please, give these children a chance in life and stop treating them like they are disposable. Make every child in your orphanages a high priority. Make sure that they have enough food, medical care, education and when they get older, job training. Love these children as if they were your own.

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kinnickDec. 28, 12 9:50 PM

Over turn Roe vs Wade problem solved! Over 300,000 babies aborted in the name of reproductive rights,unbelievable! We do more to protect wolves than unborn babies.......

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holtjanDec. 29, 12 9:55 AM

From various news sources I understand there are many children available for adoption in Minnesota alone. Problem is the majority are not cute white babies. There is an article every week about "Today's Child" looking for a family in both local papers, on the different local TV stations, etc. Consider an older child, or one that is not white. They are here and looking for a family. The older kids already know they are on their own at 18, no one wants them. There are siblings who want to stay together. Foreign countries do not have the only children to adopt.

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ericgus55Dec. 29, 1210:22 AM

holtjan-- You are correct. There are plenty of kids here who need homes, the problem is that they aren't the kids that adoptive parents "want." Our foster-care system has hundreds of thousands of kids waiting for permanent homes already, so there is no reason that we should be traveling the world looking for kids who need loving homes. No amount of lecturing Russia, or calling them "childish" in editorials is going to make them change. How many proud world leaders or nations would say "you're right, I'm acting like a child, we'll change our laws rights away"? If it's truly about helping children, there are millions of other kids around the world in nations that would welcome us and thousands here at home already.

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