MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin says he will sign a controversial bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children.Putin told a televised meeting on Thursday that he "doesn´t see any reasons" against the bill and said that he "intends to sign it" into law. The president said U.S. authorities deny access to adopted Russian children and lets Americans suspected of violence towards Russian adoptees go unpunished.Critics say that the bill will deprive many Russian orphans of an opportunity to get a family.
There have been multiple problems with American adopters, I don´t see why a country can´t control where their children end up, especially if the screening process doesn´t work. There are plenty of American children out there, we just have to work on regulations that make it hard to adopt. That said, they say this is political, about American sanctions.
Those of you saying "let´s just adopt American children" obviously don´t know the U.S. procedure. Young Caucasian children are in short supply, thanks to abortion. Young African-American children are plentiful, but African-American leaders are against them being placed in homes with Caucasian parents, and there are not enough intact African-American homes (mom+dad) to absorb them all.
Also, American agencies have nearly totally turned to "open adoptions". We don´t yet know how that will turn out in the long run - a generation of kids who had adoptive parents but birthmom and birthfamily had the right to continue to be a presence throughout the growing years - that is, when it was convenient for birthmom. They present this as a ´loving´ option...it may be a cute idea for a newborn, but imagine the 10 year old whose birthmom hasn´t bothered to call for the past 3 years and then suddenly shows up with the two younger siblings via new boyfriend she decided to keep. Not a pretty sight.
Mrs. Lakerman and I adopted a brother and sister from Moscow, in 1996. He was 4, and she was 7. We learned alot about the system in Russia. First, there is no foster care network as there is in the U.S. Second, bad parents are not given a second chance - the judge terminates parental rights, and places the children into an orphanage (known in Russia as a children´s home.) The facilities vary in quality, but they are all substandard,lack funds, and cannot really provide the personal care necessary for a little one to thrive. So American families adopting Russian children represented a financial plus for the children´s homes, and in addition, a pressure valve release, if you will. And those children who remain in the children´s homes are turned out into the streets at age 16. The boys most likely become criminals, the girls, prostitutes. And the Russians know this, but are posturing, pretending that they don´t need the help of Americans.
(continued) We could not adopt in the U.S. because I was 53, wife 42- too old by U.S.standards. Finally, I am friends with a husband and wife who had open adoptions for their three children. (Both husband and wife are MDs.) One of their sons went back to his drug addicted birth mother when he was 15, got involved in drugs with mommy, and it took a year for him to realize that he belonged with the adoptive parents. A russian adoption is final, the birth parents are not told anything. And there can be no court challenges to the adoption by the birth parents.
My husband and I adopted a 5-year-old from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy in Russia, after we had tried for years, unsuccessfully, to adopt in the USA. In our state, you have to offer fostercare for several years before you are allowed to adopt via the Dept of Children´s Services. Fostercare means temporary placements: you get to have your heart broken several times, while you helplessly watch children have their hearts broken as well. We couldn´t tolerate that.
We knew a couple who tried to adopt an American baby, only to have it all fall through because the baby-daddy reappeared and asserted his paternal rights, clearly because he wanted to either get back "with" the mother, or get back "at" her.
We ended up turning to Russia. God bless our little Ivan Nikoleivitch, and all the little ones at the "Detsky Dom" he left behind.
One of the dirty secrets of adopting from the American pool is money. The Children´s Services system in each state gets so much per head for each child in the system and there is no incentive to help the adoption process along. In fact, it is to the benefit of the State to drag its feet. When child is adopted, the money goes away. Thats a big reason people go to other countries to adopt their children.
The best way to adopt in the US is to do it privately. It takes some effort on your part but it´s a lot simpler, usually faster, less expensive and less invasive than trying to go through an agency or government entity. We did it and got our daughter when she was less than a day old. Both birth parents signed away their parental rights and we have had no contact with either of them in 22 years. Our daughter knows that she is adopted and also knows who her real parents are - us.
Great now thanks to this jerk precious children (does it matter what country they´re from?)will not have a chance at being adopted. Putin you are only hurting the kids with your crummy bill. Way to stick it to my beloved country pal. A country BTW that even though our current blockhead in charge sucks up to you regular people like me know that you´re nothing but a commie stooge. Now put that in you glass of vodka and drink it you fool.
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