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Update on Russian Ban on U.S.-bound Child Adoptions

Just days ago, the Russian Supreme Court issued a letter providing guidance to regional courts. The letter clarifies that families that have had their preliminary court date prior to January 1, 2013 will be able to assume physical custody and obtain the necessary documents from Russian authorities to exit the country. This will be the case even if the 30 day waiting period expired after January 1, 2013. To date, 25 families have obtained visas to leave the country and some have travelled home with their children.

At the same time, other families in-country have experienced delays and have been unable to obtain necessary paperwork from Russian authorities. It is hoped that the Russian Supreme Court letter will help families move forward. Families who fall into this category should contact the U.S. Embassy in Russia, if they have not already done so. They should also keep in close contact with their adoption service providers who are still permitted to process these transition cases and who have more real-time information.

the Hague Convention on Inter-Country Adoption adopted by U.S.

Recently, the United States’ ratification of the Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoption became official. Its governs inter-country adoptions between the U.S. and other Convention member countries,establishes norms and procedures for processing inter-country adoption cases, and mandates safeguards to protect the interests of children, birth parents, and adoptive parents.