Friday, December 28, 2012

Russian Adoption: Important Information for Families in Process

The US Department of State, Office of Children's Issues and the USCIS are requesting that families in process of adopting from Russia use the following contacts for issues surrounding the adoption ban.

1. For families currently in Russia who have all documents needed for filing the I600 (birth certificate, adoption decree, Russian passport for child), or who will be able to obtain all documents by the close of business on Saturday, December 29, please contact the US Embassy in Moscow immediately. A task force has been set up to process your child's I600 and visa within one day. Email:

2. For families in process of adopting at any stage of the adoption, please register your information with DOS Office of Children's Issues by using the following email address: Please place "Intercountry Adoption Russia - Family Update" in the Subject line. Please discontinue using the address for family registration. Please do not use the address if you are not a family in process.

PEAR strongly encourages families to reach out to the DOS/OCI and the US Embassy in Moscow for direct communication and advocacy of your cases. There is little need at this time to register your information with other organizations. DOS will have the information needed before any other entity and will be sure to provide consistent and vigilant advocacy on behalf of waiting families. PEAR will closely monitor developments and may suggest other courses of action in the coming days.

Ethics, Transparency, Support
~ What All Adoptions Deserve.

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