Adopted children amuse themselves with coloring. (c)RIA Novosti, photo: Ruslan Krivobok.
The US-Russian adoption agreement, signed in Russia by President Vladimir Putin, will come into effect on November 1st. The new agreement will bring much-needed changes into the adoption process of Russian orphans by American citizens.
After incidents of child abuse and one family sending their adopted child back to Russia on a plane by himself, there has been a surge of interest in protections for Russian orphan children. Kathleen Strottman, Executive Director of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, will cast a light on the upcoming changes in an interview with Voice of Russia correspondent Victoria Mashkova:
Strottman is enthusiastic about the new agreement, which makes the standards potential parents must meet more stringent. The agreement also makes sure that parents can handle children who have special needs, and improves monitoring of families post-adoption so that they can receive financial help sooner if they need it.
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