January 21, 2005
The U.S. embassy in Moscow has released the following update:
Data Bank Release Letters Update (as of January 20, 2005)
According to Ministry of Education sources, in adoption cases in which the American prospective adoptive parents have made their first trip to Russia prior to January 10, 2005 and have officially identified the child or children they hope to adopt, the Ministry of Education is now processing letters of release.
Joint Council is meeting with the Department of State next week and will confirm this report. As we learn of new information we will update our site.