Russia is not a full party to the Hague Adoption Convention; therefore adoption agencies processing Russian adoptions to the US are not required to hold US accreditation under the Hague Adoption Convention rules. But most adoption agencies with Russian programs also work in Hague Adoption Convention countries. So, what has happened during 2008 is that a large number of US-based international adoption agencies now hold US accreditation for their Hague-governed work, whether or not they also hold a Russian Permit for Adoption Activity in order to process adoptions in Russia.
Most white americans would rather adopt a 7 year old kid from Russia than the black orphan down the road.
After placement, our agency understands that we have to be prepared to work with families regarding adjustment and behavioral issues. If this mother would have contacted us when the adjustment problems began, we would have worked with her on the issues or arranged alternative placement. We have done this in the past, and it is part of our services to families.
The boy’s plight prompted the Russian government to say on Friday that it would suspend all adoptions of Russian children by Americans until safeguards could be put in place. Russia was the third leading source of adoptive children in the United States in 2009, with 1,586, following China, with 3,001, and Ethiopia, with 2,277, according to State Department figures.
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