It appears as though Russia wants to keep the adoption agreement in place for a year. This is, undoubtedly, to allow Russia to monitor Russian children in the United States.
Even though the agreement will remain in force, it does not, in any way, reverse the ban on the adoption of Russian children by Americans that came into force on January 1, 2013.
The ban is a reaction to many things, including the Magnitsky Act, improper practices of adoption agencies and advocacy groups, and lax treatment of parents who have abused children adopted from Russia.
Organizations serving as trade associations for adoption agencies, such as FRUA and JCICS have had no success whatsoever in lifting the ban or even obtaining information about its implications.
Many families seem to think that when the US-Russian adoption agreement is ratified, it will be a good thing.
Actually, the truth is it will be a bad thing.
Do not believe what the agencies and their trade groups such as FRUA and JCICS tell you.
Under the agreement, the Russian authorities will have the power to come and inspect any Russian adopted child under the age of eighteen.
Yes, they can come into your home when they wish and inspect your child.
And, if they don’t like what they see, the child can be taken back to Russia.
This is what they’re not telling you.
If you want your child to be inspected and maybe even taken, go ahead and let the agencies have their way.
If you do not like this, you need to let your voice be heard.
Complain to your congressional representative and your senators.
Complain to the State Department. 202-647-3320. The “point person” is Ambassador Susan Jacobs.