Russia: No Agencies Currently Accredited

05/13/2005

It is our understanding that no agencies are accredited at this time. This has been confirmed by the Department of State in Washington, DC and the US emembassy in Moscow. Joint Council has written a letter in response to the press reports regarding cases of neglect in children adopted from Russia and residing in the US. This letter will be sent to President Putin and cites the many safeguards that exist in the US intercountry adoption system. As in the past, we will continue to monitor the situation in Russia closely, and will follow-up on any information we receive about the reaccredidation process.

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