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America and the Adoption of Russian Children

            The threat of Russia cutting off all adoptions to the United States has been going on since December 17th, 2012. Now, it has become a reality; Russian President, Vladimir Putin. signed a bill stating that the United States will be cut off from adopting children from his country. This bill was signed into law on December 28th, 2012, and the law became effective on January 1st, 2013. This decision has affected our country and Russia in many different ways. There are the problems of orphaned children being left as orphans, adoption processes being put on hold, the Russian government allowing a few children to be adopted, and the main thing, Russia's whole intent of this decision. .
             Many Russian children have been rejected the chance of living in the United States as of the 1st of this year. Lauren Koch, the spokeswoman from the National Council for Adoption said, "Over the last 20 years 60,000 children have been adopted from Russia. If this bill is enacted, this means that tens of thousands of children will languish in orphanages." Russia is depriving their children of a healthy and safe future; they are putting their children in danger in their own country. By letting the United States adopt these children, they will have a lower chance of being neglected and a higher chance of being loved and cared for in a safer environment. .
             A possible problem that can be seen from this is the Russians not liking the idea of their children being raised by white people. My parents have experienced this problem when they decided to adopt. The first place they tried was with the Native Americans, but the Natives rejected them. They do not agree with nor do they want their children to be raised by white people. The Russians feel it is their responsibility to protect and serve their children, and by achieving that, they have cut off all adoption so they can monitor their children's every move. There have also been complaints and reports of Russian children dying or being abused by their American adoptive parents.

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