Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Cautionary Statement for Families In Process of Adopting from Russia

PEAR has become aware of possible scams and exploitative practices being aimed at families currently in the process of adopting from Russia. We would like to take this opportunity to encourage those caught in the adoption ban to proceed with caution, and to thoroughly investigate any individual or organization offering assistance. Of special concern are individuals and organizations offering private adoption services or information available only through non-public, locked, or pay-for-viewing websites.

We encourage waiting families to consult with their agency and the US Embassy in Moscow if they believe that their case is not being adequately advocated. If this does not produce sufficient answers and attention, we suggest that families consult with an attorney in the US who has experience with intercountry adoption practices and international law. Please take care not to set yourself up for exploitative, unethical, and illegal practices.

We also encourage families to share information concerning this type of conduct with other adopting families via any format with which they feel comfortable (online adoptive parent groups, support groups, etc) and with the US Embassy/Department of State through the Russianadoption@state.gov email address.

Ethics, Transparency, Support
~ What All Adoptions Deserve.

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