Monday, April 19, 2010

UPDATE to DOS Adoption Notice on Russia

The Department of State issued the following update today to the April 16 Adoption Notice:

Adoption Notice

Bureau of Consular Affairs
Office of Children’s Issues

April 19, 2010

The Department of State has received no official notification that adoptions from Russia to the United States have been suspended. However, it appears that the adoption process has slowed down. Our Embassy in Moscow and other Department of State officials are talking with Russian officials to clarify this issue.
We look forward to further discussions with the Russians to clear up the status of pending adoptions, and to establish the basis for a continuation of the adoption process in a way that assures the welfare of Russian children adopted in the United States.

Volcanic ash prevented the U.S. delegation from traveling to Moscow over the April 17th weekend.. The delegation now plans to travel to Moscow during the week of April 25. They plan to emphasize the importance of this issue to the United States, and will discuss our mutual concerns about how to better protect the welfare and rights of children and all parties involved in intercountry adoptions.

Many thousands of Russian children have found loving, safe and permanent homes in the United States through intercountry adoption. Families in the United States have adopted more than 50,000 children from Russia.

If you have completed an adoption in Russia and have an immigrant visa appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow:

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow is continuing to schedule and issue immigrant visas for adopted children using normal processing procedures. Contact the Embassy at to schedule an appointment. Please also stay in close touch with your adoption service provider.

If you have a court appointment to finalize your child’s adoption in Russia:

Many adoption cases are continuing to move forward in the courts. We have heard of cases in which a court appointment has been postponed. If your court appointment is postponed by the court, please provide this information to us by email at and We will work with the Russian authorities to try to resolve any problems.

If you do not yet have a court date to finalize an adoption in Russia, but are in the process of adopting from Russia:

Please stay in close contact with your adoption service provider, and check the website regularly for current information about intercountry adoption from Russia.

The Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues has established a special e-mail box for inquiries or comments about adoptions from Russia. Prospective adoptive parents and others with concerns about adoptions from Russia may send their questions to

Ethics, Transparency, Support
~ What All Adoptions Deserve.

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