Russia: Reaccreditation Process Notice

05/24/2005

The US Department of State just released the following notice on the reaccreditation process in Russia:

RUSSIA

IMPORTANT NOTICE ON ADOPTIONS

May 24, 2005

This notice replaces the notice of March 22, 2005. The U.S. embassy in Moscow informed the Department that on May 17, the Ministry of Education reaccredited 23 U.S. adoption agencies and is actively reviewing the raining applications for reaccredidation. The Ministry of Education has also stated that, while compliance with the post-adoption reporting requirement is only one of several criteria considered in the reaccredidation process, even one missing post-placement report may result in a negative determination regarding reaccredidation. We will continue to urge balance in Ministry of Education decision-making regarding accreditation, but urge adoptive parents to provide post-adoption reports when they have agreed with Russian and other national adoption organizations to do so.

The U.S. emembassy in Moscow continues to monitor the status of agency reaccreditations and the release of data bank letters. To date, the embassy has seen a 95% return to the earlier volume of approved adoption cases.

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