Joint Council is hearing reports that President Putin signed the legislation yesterday lengthening the time a child is listed on the databank registry. We are awaiting confirmation of this report from the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. embassy in Moscow. It was not expected that President Putin would sign the law until January, but it is possible that it has occurred earlier. We are seeking clarification on the length of time children will be listed on the registry as there are conflicting reports of 6 months or 7 months. Joint Council is also seeking clarification as to if this will be implemented retroactively, impact children already referred to a family for international adoption, or if it will only effect children not yet matched with a family.
We will continue to update this site as we learn of new information. Please understand that with the Russian holiday’s approaching it may be slower than usual to receive clarification and confirmation so we appreciate your patience in this matter.