Adopting from Russia

18 Jul

It seems as though adoptions and adoption issues make the news quite often.  Whether it’s about celebrities adopting in far away country or international government power struggles between countries delaying adoptions currently in process.  So what are the options if you’ve decided an international adoption is right for your family?

The Kremlin, Moscow, Russia

One popular option for U.S. families is Russia.  This is a relatively stable program and approximately 1,079 children were adopted from Russia by U.S. citizens in 2010 according to State Department statistics.  Russian adoptions to the U.S. peaked in 2004 when there were 5, 862 adoptions.  While adoptions were not halted in 2010, they were slowed due to a U.S. – Russian dispute about the care of Russian children by Americans.  More information on the recent pact between the U.S. and Russia can be found on the State Department  website .

Children available for adoption usually are residing in an orphanage and include both boys and girls, 10 months of age and up.  In 2010, 72% of the adoptees were between the ages of one- and four-years old.  Children adopted from Russia include both healthy children and those with special needs of varying degrees.  Ethnicity of Russian children varies, and may include Asian, Mediterranean or Roma, as well as Caucasian.  The current social and economic problems in Russia that followed the Soviet collapse have resulted in thousands of children living in Russian orphanages.

The typical timeframe for a Russian adoption from dossier to referral is ranges from approximately 6 – 36 months.  Costs for a Russian adoption usually fall between $20,000 – $30,000 and two trips are required.  Single applicants are accepted for Russian adoptions.  For all families, post placement reports are required for 3 years following the adoptions.

If you would like to start the process to adopt from Russia, please contact us today and we can get your home study started and assist with putting your dossier together.  Our agency has always been in good standing with Russia and has never been placed on the black-list. (The black-list is composed of agencies who are no longer allowed to process home studies or post placement reports for Russia.)