Condemnation as Putin signs law banning US adoptions

Published:  31 Dec at 6 PM
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The US government has strongly condemned Russian president Vladimir Putin’s signing into law the controversial new regulation banning US citizens from adopting Russian children.

Putin’s action last Friday put an end to the hopes of 52 children already assigned to putative American parents, forcing the US State Department to describe the move as politically motivated. A State Department spokesperson expressed particular concern over the dozens of children who have already bonded with their adoptive parents, expressing hope that Russia would allow the legal procedures to be completed in these cases.

Russians are also disturbed by the issue, with opposition figures criticising the bill as cannibalistic and over 100,000 signatures already garnered on a petition against it. The US media is concentrating on affected adoptive parents such as Aaron and Jenny Moyer, pictured with Vitaliy, a four-year old Downs’ Syndrome orphan, whose adoption only needed signed paperwork and the flight to the USA.

Last week, the Skagg family paid what they thought would be their last visit to their adopted daughter Polina, a wheelchair-bound spina bifida victim aged five years, before her collection in January. The adoption process had taken 13 months in total, and now all Kendra Staggs can think of is that Polina will believe they have just forgotten her and that she won’t realise she was loved and wanted.T

hese and many other families are grieving, as their dreams of adopting children rejected by their natural parents due to congenital illnesses and defects fall by the harsh wayside of political infighting by two of the world’s major powers. Adoption agency staff linking with US immigration authorities are equally distressed, as they are aware the children already being processed know they have adoptive parents who are waiting to give them love and a new life.
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