New Laws Regarding International Adoption


While there were many years during which United States couples and singles were able to freely adopt children through private arrangements in Russia, the time when that was a simple feat has passed.

Until about 2006, there were plenty of arranged adoptions made between Russia’s orphan children, and United States based parents who were adopting could be certain that the Russian legal system would carry the adoption through.

This is in contrast to the adoption laws in other countries where children were sometimes returned by law to the birth parents, after the adoptive parents had spent considerable time and money, not to mention emotional capital, on the adoption of the baby they loved and wanted.

In 2003, American citizens adopted 5,221 children from Russia.  In about 2008, as the international adoption programs for other nations began to ramp up, Russia’s changing political climate among other things caused the American-Russian adoption programs to taper off.


In 2012, the Russian government made it a formal declaration:  Americans would not be allowed to adopt Russian children any longer.  Russian President Putin put the spin on the declaration that there were concerns about the health and the well-being of the children who were being placed into adoptive homes in the United States, it was clear to most people watching the situation that the issue was really the United States government’s willingness to place sanctions on Russia due to the war in the Baltic.

Two hundred and fifty-nine children whose adoptions were in progress were stopped cold from reaching their families, and the parents who had already paid into the system were not refunded money. To address this issue locally, we’ve received generous funding from the Renovate Cincinnati group, a home improvement contractor from Ohio. This will allow us to help many more families who were affected by this ruling.


Here’s What You Need To Know About Foster Care Adoption


With nearly half a million children in the foster care system in the United States today, there is little doubt of the value that the generous and kind spirited foster care parents bring to the table.

400px-RiischildrenThere is no substitute for the love and attention of a parent figure, and when a child has no one to turn to, it can be too easy for them to get lost in a system.  The foster care system is genuine and created to support children everywhere.

For most foster care children, approximately 100,000 at any given time, there is the hope that they will be placed with a permanent family.  Not every foster care child is able to be adopted, but some wait long years to find a forever home.  When deciding to adopt through the United States Foster Care system, there are some tips to bear in mind.

  1. It’s not important that an adoptive parent is perfect.
  2. It is critical that an adoptive parent is honest about their motivations for adoption.
  3. There are very few limitations on who can become an adoptive parent. Straight, gay, single married, rich, and average people open their homes to adoptive children and love them.
  4. States differ, but adopting a child from the United States Foster Care system generally costs the adoptive parents nothing or very little.
  5. While every family has expenses associated with a child, some children who are adopted through the United States Foster Care System are eligible for state aid and grants to take care of post-adoption needs that are extraordinary.

Thinking About Adopting? Read This First!


There are a million ways to adopt a child, and in the end, the only thing that matters is that the child is protected in every way possible.

For even the tiniest baby who goes through a process of adoption, the transition can be frightening and strange, and making sure that it only has to happen once is a critical path for any legitimate adoption agency, organization or interested party.

The emotions and needs of the parents on both sides of the equation are important as well, and ensuring that the maturity, stability and emotional capacity of the parents to support the adoption process, as well as to support the child after the adoption is complete, is something that a reputable agency is well schooled in determining.

The adoption process is often described as expensive and opaque.  This is somewhat true, or potentially true, but doesn’t have to be true.  The United States Foster Care system is one of the most advanced means of adopting children on the planet today, and is able to support the costs of an adoption so that most parents pay absolutely nothing.

This is an amazing resource and is unequal in most countries around the world.  However, there are occasionally costs associated with the US Foster Care System adoptions, and in private adoptions or international adoptions, it is important for parents to understand the budget that can be required to see the process through.

With the majority of international adoptions costing about $65,000, the commitment is high and the parents are surely aware that additional legal costs can be incurred when dealing with foreign laws about adoption, birth parent rights, and children’s right.

Here’s a great documentary on international adopting that we recommend you watch: