Russia: U.S. Adoption Agencies Successfully Registering as NGOs

01/29/2007

Joint Council staff and Board of Directors met with the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services last Monday in conjunction with our quarterly Board meeting. The following update was supplied to us by DOS:

The U.S. embassy Moscow has reported that as of January 19th, 56 U.S. adoption agencies have successfully registered with the Ministry of Justice as NGOs. There are currently 14 adoption agencies with both NGO licensing and Ministry of Education accreditation. On January 25th, four of these 14 agencies will lose their licenses and will need to reapply. On January 29th, the U.S. Department of State will be meeting with Russian Women Legislators as part of the Voluntary Visitor’s Program during which adoption issues will be discussed. Joint Council will also be meeting with this delegation in the coming week. We will be sure to update the caucus of new information as it is made available and will offer a report of the delegation’s visit in the near future

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