Russia: Our Meeting With the Department of State

01/31/2005

Joint Council met with the Department of State last week. The new adoption law has gone into effect requiring that orphaned children must be on the federal data bank for 6 months before being eligible for international adoption.

The embassy has also confirmed that release letters are starting to be processed and sent to families. Prospective adoptive families need to receive the release letters before they travel.

The commission on accreditation has not yet been formed. We are awaiting the formation of the commission to met and determine accreditation guidelines and then start issuing reaccreditations. No timeline has been provided for this process.

The Department of State has also issued an updated advisory about these new developments.

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