Ombudsman Astakhov: No Adoption Agreement Without Definitive US Action

The U.S. is still dragging its feet in efforts to organize timely assistance to the Russian children who have suffered at the hands of American foster parents. This was reported by Russia’s ombudsman for children’s rights Pavel Astakhov, who was on an official visit to America in mid-February.

According to him, Washington has not yet assembled comprehensive data on the number of Russian children adopted by U.S. citizens, or all cases of violations of their rights. However, according to Astakhov, the State Department is making an effort to rectify the situation.

The Ombudsman noted that work on ratification of a bilateral agreement on adoptions will be accelerated only in the event of clearly-defined implementation guarantees. The agreement was signed in 2011. It provides for special training of foster parents and providing regular updates on the wellbeing of Russian children in the United States.

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