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Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law an adoption ban that will prevent Americans from adopting Russian children.
The Russian law seems to be politically motivated, and may be a form of retaliation against a new U.S. human rights law, reports Reuters.
Americans who'd hoped to adopt Russian children now find themselves in a state of limbo. There were 52 Russian children whose adoptions to U.S. parents were already underway. These children will now remain in Russia for the immediate future.
The new law takes effect Jan. 1, and appears to be part of a larger bill that Russia enacted to combat a U.S. law over alleged human rights violations committed by Russians. In turn, Russian lawmakers created a mirror-image of the U.S. law -- and then added the anti-adoption clause for good measure, upping the stakes in the political battle, reports Reuters.
So with Russia apparently closed to U.S.-based adoptions, prospective adoptive parents may have to turn elsewhere, perhaps to different countries. Here are some general tips to guide you through the international adoption process:
Adopting a child from a foreign country is a time-consuming and complicated process. You'll likely want to work with an experienced adoption attorney to help you along the way, especially if you're affected by Russia's new ban on adoptions by American parents.