On December 15, 2004 the State Duma of the Russian Federation approved the draft for new amendments to the Family Code of the Russian Federation regarding adoption. These changes would allow a greater opportunity for Russian citizens to adopt. The most significant impact on international adoptions is the length that a child is on the federal databank registry will be extended from 3 months to 6 months. At this point in time this is only a draft bill.
The Department of State is aware of the bill and is in the process of translating and analyzing it for more information. At this time, we have no indication of if this bill will go into effect and the timeframe for a vote.