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Russian Adoption Ban

Russia's Adoption Ban Two Years Later

Shai Baitel | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Shai Baitel

A renewed shining a light on the second anniversary, by RTVi and others, on the devastating effect of the adoption ban will help to educate more Americans as well as Russians about the benefits and challenges of adopting children.

How to Soothe Our Pain When We Can't Help Who We Want to Help

John M. Simmons | Posted 06.29.2014 | Impact
John M. Simmons

Marina was seven and Jula was five, like my daughter-to-be. I don't know how old Jenya, Maksím, André, Dasha, Ksenya and Natasha were, but it would ...

Russia Is not Always As Cold As We Think

John M. Simmons | Posted 04.09.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

If Sochi is cold enough for Winter Olympic snow events, it's barely cold enough. In fact, the city is more known for subtropical beach getaways than w...

Film Becomes Tool For Advocacy Over Russian Adoption Ban

Tina Traster | Posted 07.31.2013 | Impact
Tina Traster

I'm hoping The Dark Matter of Love will be seen by as many viewers as possible who will feel compelled to put pressure on American and Russian officials to reach a compromise, as least for the in-process families.

Adoptive American Parents of Russian Children Don't Deserve The Heat

Tina Traster | Posted 05.15.2013 | Parents
Tina Traster

A few weeks ago, a filmmaker for Radio Free Europe spent the day with my family at our home in upstate New York documenting our "ordinary" moments. Olga Loginova, the filmmaker, wanted to show the world there are "successful Russian adoptions."

The Love and Wounds of Adopting

Cyma Shapiro | Posted 04.03.2013 | Parents
Cyma Shapiro

On my younger kids' birthdays, my husband asks me in passing, "What time were they born?" before catching himself foolishly. They've started turning away when they hear this, cognizant of the fact that none of us know. But, here's the truth: They are mine, and they aren't.

Why International Adoptions Fell In 2012

Reuters | Posted 03.27.2013 | Parents

* China biggest source of foreign adoptions, followed by Ethiopia, Russia * Falling numbers stem from Hague convention aimed at curbi...

Are Children Today’s Iron Ore? Russia’s Adoption Ban and International Diplomacy

Yasmine Ergas | Posted 03.10.2013 | World
Yasmine Ergas

As the lives of Americans -- and almost everyone else -- become increasingly transnational, states will realize that they can negotiate over children, students, lovers, the ailing and the elderly just as profitably as they have always done over arms and chicken feed.

A Silver Lining to the Ban on Russia-to-U.S. Adoptions

John M. Simmons | Posted 03.06.2013 | Parents
John M. Simmons

In 2005, my wife, Amy, and I adopted three children from Russia. As we were wrapping up those adoptions, we saw a document indicating that our new daughters had older siblings. It took us another year and a half to locate them, but they are now part of our family of eleven, too.

The Russian Adoption Ban: Rescuing Children Should Trump US-Russian Bickering

Steven Kurlander | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

It's important to send a message to the Russian government that allowing Americans to rescue children from their abysmal orphanages should continue unabated.

Imagining My Children as Orphans: Where Is Our Humanity?

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 03.02.2013 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

Where is our humanity? There should be an outcry internationally to censure Putin for his evil act to lock up and ruin hundreds of thousands of children.

Dear Russia: An Adoptive Mother's Plea

Melissa Bridges | Posted 02.27.2013 | Parents
Melissa Bridges

I have two children from Russia. I have a special place in my heart for Russia and want my children to also have that special place in their hearts. At the same time, I do not understand how the children who are in orphanages should really be pawns in political games.

Why I Am Hurt By Russia's New Adoption Law

Cyma Shapiro | Posted 02.27.2013 | Fifty
Cyma Shapiro

For those of us fortunate to have adopted internationally, especially from Russia -- my ancestor's homeland -- the headlines are maddening and saddening. I am especially struck as I think back to the adoption of my two youngest, from Russia, and the undeniable obstacles we endured.

Russian Adoption Ban Would Mean Tragedy For Millions Of Orphans

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 12.28.2012 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

We all need to go deeper and do better to advocate and protect children globally. We need a wider strategic plan for every bad moment when children can't have permanency and can't have what they are entitled to have: quite simply safety and love.