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Action Alert: Contact Your Member of Congress regarding Russia

Members of Congress have a short window of opportunity to sign on to two letters regarding Russia’s recent decision to ban adoptions to the United States.  The first letter is to President Vladimir Putin of Russia and the second is … Continue reading

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Russia May Lift Adoption Ban for Specific Adoption Cases

Uncertainty Continues for Children and Families Joint Council can confirm that the Government of Russia will honor the bilateral treaty signed by both countries during all of 2013.  The Government of Russia has provided the U.S. Department of State notice … Continue reading

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Watch: U.S. Ambassador Jacobs on Russian Adoption Ban

Christiane Amanpour interviews U.S. Ambassador Susan Jacobs, Special Advisor to the Secretary for Children’s Issues at the State Department, on the recent Russian ban on intercountry adoption to the U.S. To watch the interview click here.

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Adoption Alert: Russia Update from the Dept of State

On January 3, 2013  the U.S. Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues released the following alert regarding the Ban on Intercountry Adoptions to the United States. The update can be found on their website here.  Joint Council hopes to … Continue reading

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Adoption Alert: Russia Update from Dept of State

On December 31, 2012 the U.S. Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues released the following alert regarding the Ban on Intercountry Adoptions to the United States. The update can be found on their website here.  Joint Council hopes to … Continue reading

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Update: Russia Adoption Survey and Conference call

There will be a conference call TODAY, at 4 PM EST, hosted by the Department of State. Information is provided below if you wish to participate in the call. Conference Call Invitation Friday, December 28, 2012; 4:00 pm EST The … Continue reading

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Putin Signs Ban on Intercountry Adoptions

In what we can only describe as a tragedy, earlier today President Putin signed the ban on intercountry adoption.  The law goes into effect on January 1, 2013 and while some details remain unclear, it is being reported that the … Continue reading

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Update: Russian Ban on Intercountry Adoption

Joint Council continues to actively advocate for a positive resolution to the pending intercountry adoption ban in Russia… Continue reading

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Adoption Alert: Russia

Please see the below alert from the Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues regarding intercountry adoptions from Russia.  Please note that it requests prospective adoptive parents adopting from Russia to send their information to the Dept of State.   It … Continue reading

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Potential Russian Ban of Intercountry Adoption to the United States

Russian Parliament Proposes Ban in Retaliation for the Magnitsky Act  As of December 19, 2012, legislation was brought before the Russian Parliament to ban intercountry adoptions from the United States. This amendment to the Dima Yakovlev List was proposed as … Continue reading

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Department of State announces Agreement between U.S. and Russia regarding Cooperation in adoption of children will enter into force on November 1, 2012

Department of State (DOS) announced today that the Agreement between the United States of America and the Russian Federation Regarding Cooperation in Adoption of Children will enter into force on Nov. 1, 2012. Both U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) … Continue reading

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Notice: Approval of the Agreement between the United States of America and the Russian Federation Regarding Cooperation in Adoption of Children

  Notice: Approval of the Agreement between the United States of America and the Russian Federation Regarding Cooperation in Adoption of Children   On July 10, 2012 the Russian Duma approved the bilateral adoption agreement signed by Secretary of State … Continue reading

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Russia: Putin Urges Limiting Foreign Adoption of Russian Kids

March 9, 2012 From RIA Novosti: The adoption of Russian children by foreign families should become a “rare exception,” prime minister and president-elect Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday. “We should try to ensure that most [Russian] children find their families here … Continue reading

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Russia: USDOS Adoption Notice – Regional Suspensions on Adoption Processing in Russia

March 5, 2012 From the US Department of State: March 01, 2012 The Department of State has received reports that local departments of education and some judges in Russia have instituted a de facto freeze on adoptions to the United … Continue reading

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Russia: USDOS Adoption Notice – Processing Time for Adoptions Increased

  February 22, 2012 From the US Department of State: Russia February 21, 2012 Notice: Processing Time for Adoptions Increased On January 1, 2012, the Russian Family Code was amended so that presiding judges will announce decisions in cases, including … Continue reading

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Update: Russia Intercountry Adoptions

Over the last week there have been various news reports that Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs intends to suspend adoptions to the United States until the previously signed bi-lateral agreement between the United States and Russia is ratified by the … Continue reading

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Russia: Kremlin Knocks U.S. for ‘Silence’ on Adopted Child’s Death

December 6, 2011 From The Moscow Times: The United States “inexcusably” failed to inform Moscow about the death of a Russian-born toddler adopted by an American couple, a Kremlin official said Friday, highlighting tensions over an adoption accord that the two countries signed in July. Russia’s children’s rights commissioner … Continue reading

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International Exhibition: Life In Motion – “I Want To Walk”

Life in Motion, a unique photo exhibition created to raise awareness about orphaned children who are unable to live a fulfilled life due to their physical limitations will premier on December 8th at the Rita K. Hillman Education Gallery in … Continue reading

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Russia to sign child adoption deals with European countries

November 15, 2011 From RIA Novosti: Russia plans to sign bilateral agreements on child adoption with France, the U.K., Holland, Spain and Germany, the country’s ombudsman for children’s rights, Pavel Astakhov, said on Monday. “The agreement between Russia and France … Continue reading

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Tennessee woman who sent boy back to Russia sued for child support

November 4, 2011 From The Tennessean: A Shelbyville woman who put her adopted son on a one-way flight back to Russia is being sued for child support. The agency that placed the 7-year-old Russian child with Torry Hansen filed suit, … Continue reading

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Russia: State Department Adoption Notice

Secretary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov Sign Adoption Agreement July 13, 2011 The Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security announced today, July 13, 2011, that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov … Continue reading

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Russia: Real Hope for Russia’s Orphans Begins with Changes at Home

04/13/2011 Read full article here. Protecting Russia’s orphans April 13, 2011 Svetlana Smetanina Russian government is finally tackling the problem of adoptions by foreign citizens in earnest. A watershed event is scheduled to take place in May: the signing of … Continue reading

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Russia: U.S. Adoption Treaty to be Signed in May

04/08/2011 Read the full article below or follow this link. _____________________________________________________________________ Russia may next month sign an agreement with the United States to ensure the safety of Russian children adopted by U.S. families, Russia’s ombudsman for child rights said on … Continue reading

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Russia: Russia and U.S. Continue with Progress

07/27/2010 A U.S. interagency team met with its Russian counterpart in Moscow from July 21-23, 2010 for the fourth round of discussions about an adoption agreement. This most recent round of negotiations were positive and productive and reflected the continuing … Continue reading

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Russia: Russia and U.S. Talks Move Forward

05/13/2010 Earlier today, Russia and the U.S. issued a joint statement on the progress of their talks related to intercountry adoption. In addition, the U.S. Department of State has published a separate statement on intercountry adoption in Russia. Both statements … Continue reading

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Russia: Joint Statement Issued by Russia and U.S.

May 13, 2010 The U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia issued the following joint U.S.-Russian statement today, May 13, 2010. On May 12-13, U.S.-Russian consultation on adoption were held in Moscow. ‘Generally, we very positively assess the atmosphere of the talks. … Continue reading

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Russia: Russia Update on Bilateral Negotiations

05/12/2010 The Russian and U.S. media have reported that the governments of Russia and the United States have reached a new bilateral accord on adoptions and expect to sign it within two months. Based on information available to Joint Council, … Continue reading

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Russia: U.S. Department of State, Office of Children’s Issues

04/29/2010 The U.S. Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues has issued the following announcement regarding adoptions from Russia. Joint Council commends the collaborative efforts of the two governments, as well as the efforts of adoptive families, prospective adoptive families, … Continue reading

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Russia: U.S. Government to Meet with Russian Officials

04/27/2010 The U.S. government, represented by seven officials from the Department of State and Department of Homeland Security, will meet with Russian officials in Moscow on Thursday, April 29, 2010. The substance of the meetings will focus on an agreement … Continue reading

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Russia: Department of State Updated Statement

04/26/2010  The Department of State has updated their statements on intercountry adoption with Russia. The text of the statement follows. We have received no official notification that adoptions of Russian orphans by Americans have been suspended, but it is clear … Continue reading

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Russia: 19,000 Send Letter To President Medvedev and President Obama

04/19/2010 As part of Joint Council’s We Are The Truth Campaign, an invitation to all who are concerned about families and children to sign a letter to Presidents Medvedev and Obama. The letter, asking for the uninterrupted continuation of intercountry … Continue reading

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Russia: Bilateral Meeting Postponed

04/19/2010 The meeting between a U.S. government delegation and their Russian counterparts, originally scheduled for April 20th in Moscow, has been postponed due to travel difficulties resulting from the volcanic ash cloud over Iceland and much of Europe. The U.S. … Continue reading

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Russia: Adoption Visas Continue

04/19/2010 The U.S. Department of State issued 6 visas for children adopted in Russia on Monday, April 19, 2010.

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Russia: Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

04/19/2010 A statement on the website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs indicated that intercountry adoption between the U.S. and Russia is not currently suspended, but will be suspended if the U.S. government does not begin discussions on the … Continue reading

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Russia: No Information to Confirm Suspension

04/16/2010 The Department of State has received no information to confirm a suspension of adoptions from Russia to the United States. Our embassy in Moscow and other Department of State officials are talking with Russian officials to clarify this issue. … Continue reading

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Russia: Suspension Announced But Not Confirmed

04/15/2010 Suspension Announced But Not Confirmed During a press conference today, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko stated that intercountry adoptions with the United States have been suspended until a bilateral agreement with the United States is signed. At this … Continue reading

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Russia: Follow Our Blog

04/13/2010 Please click here to visit our blog for the most continuously updated information on Joint Council’s activities concerning Russia and adoptions from Russia.

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Russia: We Are The Truth- A Call To Action

4/12/2010 We Are The Truth: A Campaign and Call to Action The outrageous treatment of Arty by his adoptive family has rightfully resulted in outrage by the Governments of Russia and the United States and all who care about children. … Continue reading

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Russia: Russian Child Returned to Russia

4/9/2010 The Governments of Russia and the United States have reported that a seven-year old Russian child, adopted by a U.S. family, was flown to Russia and abandoned at the Ministry of Education in Moscow. The child, adopted approximately 6-months … Continue reading

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Russia: Story on Intercountry Adoption Specific to Russia

11/6/2009 America.gov has published a story on intercountry adoption and heritage, specific to Russia. The story highlights Alex Griffith, a CNN Hero and friend of Joint Council, as well as, Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption (FRUA). The story is … Continue reading

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Russia: Participation in Live Video Conference

06/01/2009 Joint Council participated in a live video conference with a U.S. based panel of child welfare experts and a corresponding panel based in Moscow along with mbers of the U.S. and Russian media. Additionally, Joint Council was interviewed for … Continue reading

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Russia: Update on List Posted by MOE

03/19/2009 The US embassy in Moscow has released an update on the list recently published by the Russian MOE.

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Russia: 1-600 Petitions Adjudicated

02/27/2009 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that beginning March 30th it will adjudicate all I-600 petitions for intercountry adoptions from Russia. USCIS has also released related FAQs to further clarify the process. Please read this most recent release, … Continue reading

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Russia: Joint Council Addresses the Tragic Death of Chase Harrison

12/23/2008 Joint Council wishes to express our sympathy regarding the tragic death of Chase Harrison (Dmitri Yakovlev). Nothing can be done to change that tragedy and we continue to extend our sympathies to everyone who cared for and loved Chase. … Continue reading

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Russia: I-600/I-604 Procedure Changes

11/11/2008 Traditionally when adoptive parents filed their I-600 at the U.S. embassy in Moscow, the I-604 review was conducted by a Department of State (DOS) Consular Officer. This procedure is in the process of changing. These changes may affect both … Continue reading

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Russia: Joint Council to Participate in the Russian Ministry of Education and Science’s International Conference

11/26/2007 Joint Council has been invited to speak at the Russian Ministry of Education and Science’s International Conference on the Protection of Rights for Orphans and Children Without Parents. The conference, scheduled for December 9, 10, and 11, 2007 in … Continue reading

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Russia: Immediate Action Requested

10/27/2007 Joint Council, in cooperation with members of Congress, is requesting immediate action on the part of the U.S. Department of Justice regarding the issuance of clearances for agencies attempting to obtain Russian accreditation. Joint Council has also been in … Continue reading

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Russia: Several Adoption Locations Reopened

09/05/2007 Adoptions are now taking place in several locations where they have been largely stalled for over a year, including the Yevreiskaya Autonomous Republic, the Bryansk Region, and the municipalities of Tomsk and Novosibirsk.

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Russia: Transit Visas

07/09/2007 The following message regarding transit visas was posted by the Immigrant Visa Unit of the U.S. embassy in Moscow. “Dear representatives of adoption agencies: The U.S. embassy respectfully requests that adoption facilitators and agencies alert their clients to the … Continue reading

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Russia: Adoption Services May Be Resumed

07/06/2007 Joint Council was recently informed that the Russian Ministry of Education has begun issuing accreditations for agencies to resume adoption services in the country. We are working to confirm the Member organizations that have received their official documentation and will … Continue reading

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Russia: Change in Procedure to Obtain Visas

05/18/2007 The following notice was sent to Joint Council by the Consular Section in Moscow. The notice details an upcoming change in procedure to obtain visas for adopted children: “The U.S. embassy in Moscow wishes to alert you to an … Continue reading

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Russia: Update on Adoption Agency Accreditation Delays

04/30/2007 The following announcement was made by the U.S. Department of State on Friday, April 27th: Update on Adoption Agency Accreditation Delays – No U.S.-based adoption service providers (adoption agencies) are currently accredited with the Ministry of Education and Science … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Russia: Re-Accreditation

09/26/2006 As of September 15th, ten U.S. adoptive service providers have successfully completed the NGO registration process. DOS understands that the October 18th deadline, previously announced by the Ministry of Justice, still stands. Re-accreditation by the Ministry of Education is … Continue reading

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Russia: NGO Law

07/06/2006 In May, the Government of Russia passed an NGO law which affects the accreditation of U.S. based adoption service providers. As of today, July 6th, embassy Moscow has not been able to gain clarification on the new requirements for … Continue reading

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Russia: Lapsing of US Agency Acceditations

05/24/2006 At this time, the accreditations of a number of US agencies working in Russia have lapsed. Russia has not yet issued reaccreditations for these agencies, and Joint Council is not aware of the time-frame in which this will happen. … Continue reading

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Russia: Foreign Adoption Service Providers Are Subject to New NGO Law

05/05/2006 Joint Council has learned the following from the U.S. Department of State. The Russian Ministry of Education has confirmed that foreign adoption service providers are subject to the new NGO law. (Previously it was thought that adoption agencies would … Continue reading

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Russia: Timely Reaccreditation

05/03/2006 Joint Council wrote a letter to the Ministry of Education in Russia requesting the timely reaccreditation of adoption agencies up for renewal on May 17, 2006. Click here for a copy of the letter.

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Russia: Reaccreditation Certificates and Joint Council Members

02/06/2006 The Russian Ministry of Education has issued reaccreditation certificates to four agencies in the US. Two of these agencies are Joint Council member agencies. The Ministry has also informed the US embassy in Moscow that there are a number … Continue reading

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Russia: You Are Invited!

09/15/2005 Joint Council is hosting a Reception for a visiting Russian Delegation on Thursday, Septber 15, 2005 and would like to invite families in the DC/ MD/ VA area. The event is a wonderful opportunity for the Delegation to witness … Continue reading

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Russia: Press Release

09/2005 Joint Council releases a press release after convening a coalition meeting to discuss guidelines and response to Russian tragedies. In response to the recent alleged incidents of abuse involving Russian adopted children, Joint Council on International Children’s Services (Joint … Continue reading

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Russia: Documentation Requirements For Families

08/29/2005 The US emembassy in Moscow has released the following statement regarding documentation requirements for families traveling to Russia. More information on this and details on all documentary requirements can be found on the US emembassy in Moscow’s Adoption Visa … Continue reading

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Russia: Legislation Limiting Options

08/08/2005 Joint Council cautions against rash legislation limiting the options for Russian orphans but encourages strengthening and improving the intercountry adoption system. Joint Council on International Children’s Services (Joint Council) is saddened by the recent reports of the January 2005 … Continue reading

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Russia: Response to Russian Adopted Child’s Death

07/08/2005 Joint Council releases the following response to today’s news report that a Russian adopted child died as result of physical abuse by her adoptive mother. The mother is currently being held without bond and if convicted, she could face … Continue reading

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Russia: What To Do If Your Agency Is Not Reaccredited

06/14/2005 The Russian Ministry of Education has accredited a number of U.S. agencies in mid-May. Since that time, more agencies have been accredited. Q; What if my agency is not listed? If your agency has not received re-accreditation they may … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Russia: Joint Council Agencies Beginning to Receieve Certificates of Accreditation

05/18/2005 Joint Council agencies have begun receiving certificates of accreditation from the Russian Ministry of Education. These agencies have been granted permission by the Russian government to resume their work “in accordance with the laws of the Russian Federation”. Agencies … Continue reading

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Russia: Joint Council and President Putin

05/17/2005 Joint Council sent a letter to President Putin in response to recent press reports regarding Russian-born children who have been adopted in the US. Click here to read this letter.

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Russia: No Agencies Currently Accredited

05/13/2005 It is our understanding that no agencies are accredited at this time. This has been confirmed by the Department of State in Washington, DC and the US emembassy in Moscow. Joint Council has written a letter in response to … Continue reading

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Russia: State Department Notice

03/22/2005 The following message was released today by the State Department: Russia Important Notice on Adoptions March 22, 2005 This notice replaces the notice of February 16, 2005. On March 11, 2005, the Russian Ministry of Education informed officials at … Continue reading

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Russia: Advocacy Letters

02/11/2005 As part of our advocacy efforts, Joint Council sent letters to President Putin and President Bush outlining our concerns regarding the delayed accreditation process and data bank letters, and addressing the concerns about international adoption within the Duma. We … Continue reading

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Russia: Our Meeting With the Department of State

01/31/2005 Joint Council met with the Department of State last week. The new adoption law has gone into effect requiring that orphaned children must be on the federal data bank for 6 months before being eligible for international adoption. The … Continue reading

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Russia: US Embassy Update

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 … Continue reading

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Russia: Putin May Have Signed Legislation to Lengthen Child Listing Time

12/30/2004 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. … Continue reading

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Russia: Draft For New Amendments Approved

12/17/2004 On December 15, 2004 the State Duma of the Russian Federation approved the draft for new amendments to the Family Code of the Russian Federation regarding adoption. These changes would allow a greater opportunity for Russian citizens to adopt. … Continue reading

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Russia: Update on Restructuring & Data Bank Suspension

12/16/2004 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 … Continue reading

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Russia: Data Bank Temporary Suspension Confirmed

12/10/2004 Below please find a notice from the embassy in Moscow. It addresses the current suspension of data base releases. We have heard from several of agencies and families experiencing this problem and understand the hardship placed on families to … Continue reading

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Russia: Accreditation of Agencies in Russia

12/07/2004 According to the U.S. Department of State, the Ministry of Education recently ordered the creation of an accreditation commission by the end of December. The accreditation commission will include representatives from the Ministries of Education, Justice, Internal Affairs and … Continue reading

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Russia: Fear of Shut Down

12/02/2004 Many families have contacted Joint Council regarding the adoption process in Russia fearing that a shut down is forthcoming. This fear has been generated by frequent foreign press reports citing Russia’s desire for a bi-lateral agreement with the United … Continue reading

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Russia: Russian Federal Databank NOT Closed

11/04/2004 For the past two days Joint Council has been hearing reports from families and agencies that the Russian federal databank was closed and no longer issuing letters. We are not sure where this information was obtained but it is … Continue reading

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Russia: Credit Card Payments Accepted

12/09/2003 The embassy of the United States in Moscow, Russia is pleased to announce that it will accept credit card payments for the collection of immigrant visa fees for adopted children: the I-600 petition fee and the Immigrant Visa issuance … Continue reading

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