In discussions with the U.S. Department of State (DOS) today, they reiterated that the Russian government is undergoing reorganization and that they believe the current temporary data bank release suspension is related to this situation. The Russian government hopes to have the reorganization completed by mid-January as explained in our notice below about the accreditation process. At this time we do not have any estimated time period of how long the data bank release suspension will last.
The Department of State is advising prospective adoptive parents not to travel until they receive their databank letter. At this time DOS has not heard that the federal registry time period has being extended. Joint Council will continue to update this site as we learn of new developments.