Russia: Press Release

09/2005

Joint Council releases a press release after convening a coalition meeting to discuss guidelines and response to Russian tragedies.

In response to the recent alleged incidents of abuse involving Russian adopted children, Joint Council on International Children’s Services (Joint Council) convened a meeting on August 24th in Washington DC to discuss the matter with other experts in the child welfare field.

Nearly thirty licensed, non-profit U.S. adoption agencies were in attendance as well as representatives from the National Council For Adoption (NCFA), Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoptions (FRUA), ATTACh and Adoption Exchange Association. The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) will also be involved in this effort going forward. Guest speakers at the meeting included representatives from Childhelp USA (Virginia) and the National Council on Child Abuse and Family Violence. The intent of the meeting was to collaborate with other NGOs and adoption agencies to create a coalition task force to examine cases of abuse and determine what additional safe guards can be put into effect to maximize the protection of children.

Read the press release (see link above) for more information.

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