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Putin says he will sign anti-U.S. adoptions bill

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published December 27, 2012 at 6:29 a.m. Updated December 27, 2012 at 11:24 a.m.

— Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he will sign a contentious bill barring Americans from adopting Russian children, while the Kremlin’s children’s rights advocate recommended extending the ban to the rest of the world.

The law would block dozens of Russian children nowf being adopted by American families from leaving the country and cut off a major route out of often-dismal orphanages.

The U.S. is the biggest destination for adopted Russian children — more than 60,000 of them have been taken in by Americans over the past two decades.

“I still don’t see any reasons why I should not sign it,” Putin said at a televised meeting. He went on to say that he “intends” to do so.

UNICEF estimates that there are about 740,000 children not in parental custody in Russia, while only 18,000 Russians are now waiting to adopt a child. Russian officials say they want to encourage more Russians to adopt Russian orphans.

Children’s rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov on Thursday petitioned the president to extend the ban to other countries.

“There is huge money and questionable people involved in the semi-legal schemes of exporting children,” he tweeted.


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Populist says... December 27, 2012 at 8:36 a.m.

What a horrible shame for the children and the potential adoptive parents. While there may be isolated examples of child abuse by adoptive parents, these children are much better off to be placed in good American homes than shabby, overcrowded Russian orphanages.

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Ragmop says... December 27, 2012 at 8:51 a.m.

The cold war is not over in Putin's world.

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Jjackk says... December 27, 2012 at 9:27 a.m.

16 Russian kids adopted by Americans have died out of 50,000. Most beaten to death and their "parents" averaged less than two years in prison.

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cliffcarson says... December 27, 2012 at 10:56 a.m.

I went to the data to find out how the American Child is in regards to the stats noted on this thread.
There are approximately 72,501,000 children under 17 in the United States.
2,917,000 do not live with either parent
811,000 went thru the Social Services process last year as eligible for adoption ( I suppose this means that about 2,000,000 are in foster home, have been adopted, or some other process such as being raised by relatives).
66,000 children every year are removed from their parents care by the courts and placed into this environment.
Seems both Russia and America could do better for the parent-less children, but I don't think Americans should blame Russia for the American parent-less child problem.
How about we start looking at improving the parent-less American child future before we turn our attention to how bad the Russian system is.

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Populist says... December 27, 2012 at 2:58 p.m.

How many kids died on the streets in Russia or in orphanages? My friends who went to Russian orphanages to adopt had horror stories about the conditions there. Many American children suffer in unfit homes or languish in foster care because the courts and social services take forever to terminate parental rights of unfit parents. By then the kids are often such a mess that they may be beyond salvation. Also, there are not enough good foster homes for children and not enough funding for quality group homes.

The Russian media should look at the success stories in American adoption. I've seen many beautiful children living wonderful lives here in America. Some of the children are not always healthy. Many of the Russian children suffer from fetal alcohol syndrome or other problems associated from inadequate prenatal or other health care. It is a shame that those children will not be able to have homes in the United Stated.

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