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New Russia-U.S. Adoption Agreement Comes Into Effect

A new agreement between Russia and the United States, regulating the adoption of Russian children by Americans, comes into force on November 1.

The Russian government sought the agreement after a series of cases in which Russian children were abused, and in some cases died, at the hands of their U.S. foster families.

A joint statement published by the U.S. Embassy in Moscow said the agreement is aimed at providing “better safeguards for adoptive children” and defining the “interests and obligations of the adoptive parents.”

Under the agreement, U.S.-Russia adoptions must be made only through accredited agencies.

It also provides for the monitoring of “the living conditions and upbringing of the adopted child."

Tens of thousands of Russian children have been adopted by Americans.
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