Moscow: Child adoption from the Russia is one of the top sources of international adoptions to the United States. To block the child adoption a bill have been passed to the United States by the Russia’s lower house of parliament, on its first reading last week and it will be considered again on Wednesday for a crucial second reading.
According to the U.S State Department statistics from 1999 to 2011 around 45,112 adopted children came from Russia to the United States. Blocked child adoption could affect hundreds of American families who is seeking to adopt Russian Children.
This bill passed by the Russian politicians is seen as action taken against a recent law signed by U.S President Barack Obama on 14 December , called the Magnitsky Act. This law imposed on U.S travel and financial restrictions on human rights abusers in Russia.
The Russian Leaders have criticized the passage of the Magnitsky Act and making new legislation that would impose restrictions that include banning U.S citizen who broke Russians rights, taking their valuable things and also banning adoption of child to the United States.
The bill states that “It is prohibited to transfer children who are citizen of the Russian Federation, for adoption to the citizens of the United States, and to conduct in the Russian Federation activities of organizations for the purpose of selection and placement of children who are citizens of the Russian Federation, for adoption to the citizens of the United States of America wishing to adopt these children.”
The supporter of the bill say the some American adoptive parents are abusing children and since 1990s around 19 deaths of Russian children have seen by their foster parents.
If the bill passes the agreement between United States and Russia to give additional safeguards to protect children and parties in inter country adoption will not have any value.
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