U.S. Adoptions from Russia Could Soon Be Banned

By WISE Web News

December 27, 2012 Updated Dec 27, 2012 at 7:29 PM EDT

RUSSIA (Indiana's NewsCenter) - A new law close to being passed in Russia could have a big effect on Americans looking to adopt Russian children.

Russia's President, Vladimir Putin, said Thursday he plans to sign a
controversial new law banning U.S. adoptions.

That dashes the hopes and dreams of hundreds of Americans who are trying to adopt Russian orphans, many of them with special needs.

Russian officials have said even 46 cases which are close to completion will be frozen. Those children will now be offered to Russian families.

The ban on adoptions is believed to be Russia's retaliation for a set of
human rights sanctions passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law this month by President Obama.

Russia is the third most popular country for Americans to adopt. More than 60,000 of them have happened since the fall of the Soviet Union.

But recently, adoptions to the U.S. have become a political football in Russia. Officials point to the cases of 19 Russian children who have died after being adopted by Americans. The issue caught fire in 2010 when a boy, Artyom, was put on a plane back to Russia by his adoptive mother in Tennessee.

A recent poll found a majority of Russians support the ban, but it has
also sparked outrage among many Russians who say this is playing politics with children.

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