Posted: Dec 29, 2012 12:19 AM
It's estimated that there are 740,000 children without parental custody in Russia. | AP Photo
This is an example of politics at play, and the negative effects it can have on each and every one of us.
Here's the easy version. The U.S. Senate signed a bill into law that bars any Russian national involved in human rights abuses from entring the United States. In retaliation for this law, Vladimir Putin's announced on Thursday that he plans to sign a bill that passed the Duma that will ban U.S. adoptions of Russian children - even ones that are currently in process or have been approved, as is the case with 46 adoptions.
Virginia couple, Bill and Val Deutsch, were crushed yesterday by the news. They have just completed the first major step in their process of adopting two orphans from Russia: they finished the 80 hours of training mandated by the Russian government and had their "home study" approved.
Deutsch worries about the fate of the older boy he and his wife were planning to adopt, who is 13 and will age out of Russia's orphanage system at 16. The State Department is advising families currently trying to adopt from Russia to seek information on their adoption.state.gov website.
NCFA spokeswoman Lauren Koch described the adoption ban as "very, very sad" and accused the Russian government of being "willing to deny these children the most basic human right of all - a loving, permanent family."
Read more about this on the New York Times.