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 InvitationFriday, December 28, 2012; 4:00 pm ESTThe Department of State and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services invite interested parties to participate in a conference call concerning President Vladimir Putin’s signing of Federal Law No. 186614-6 which prohibits the adoption of Russian children by U.S. families. The conference call will take place on Friday, December 28, 2012, from 4:00– 5:00 pm EST. Call in information will be sent out shortly. Please reach out to Kelly Helhowski at Helhowskikr@state.gov with any questions or concerns prior to the call.In order to facilitate open discussion, the call is an off-the-record briefing not for recording. The purpose of the call is to provide information to those participating on the call. Any statements made by the Department of State are not for attribution.The phone number for participants in the U.S. is: 1-888-989-3320The phone number for participants calling from overseas is: 1-312-470-7290The passcode is: RUSSIA
Joint Council’s Russian Ban on Intercountry Adoptions Survey
In response to the recent ban of intercountry adoptions in Russia, Joint Council is collecting information to create a database of families currently referred children in need of a permanent family. If referred more than one child, please complete the survey for each child you are in the process of adopting.
You will need to provide information regarding your referral including the date and region of the referral and birthday of the child referred. Please contact your adoption service provider if you need additional information regarding your referral as accurate information is important.
Information provided will be utilized to assess the extent of the situation and more effectively advocate for these cases. Please complete this survey if you have been referred a child, so we can fully assess all those involved. To assist with speedy advocacy, please ensure you have completed the survey by January 4, 2013.
The information you provide will be shared with the US Department of State, members of Congress, and USCIS.
Please click here to participate in the survey.