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Many South FL Families Adopt Internationally--concern over Russian ban

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Family Law on Tuesday, January 8, 2013.

Many Americans seeking to expand their families are looking to adoption.

Recently, Russia passed a ban on the American adoption of Russian orphans in retaliation for human rights-related sanctions that the U.S. has placed on it; in response, many south Florida families have expressed sadness and concern over the new ban. One of the most common areas of family law is adoption. Many residents expressed outrage, as the U.S. is the largest source of adoptions of Russian orphans, with Americans having adopting 60,000 Russian orphans over the past 20 years. There are 740,000 Russian orphans currently in need of adoption, but only 18,000 Russians on the waiting list to adopt them. The ban also halted American adoptions already in process; some of them had been in process for a year. South Floridians worry that the children will suffer as a result of this political move that bans them from being adopted into American homes.

With American parents seeking to adopt in increasing numbers and the number of American children available for adoption declining, many are seeking international adoption to build their families. This can create family law issues. In the case of international adoptions, adoptions take place between U.S. citizens and the courts of other countries and the U.S. government is not involved. The Department of State does offer information regarding the general process and visa requirements, to potential parents seeking international adoption as an option. It can also make inquiries into the status of a particular adoption, clarify documentation and requirements and help ensure Americans are not discriminated against according to local adoption law.

To be eligible for international adoption, potential parents in the U.S. must meet the requirements of the United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security, the foreign country and, sometimes, of their home state of residence in the U.S.

For those seeking alternatives to the traditional family, adoption can be rewarding. Because it can also be a complex process, especially if carried out internationally, it is important to understand the process and resources available to guide individuals embarking on the adoption process.

Source: WINK News, "Russian bill banning US adoptions devastates SWFL families," Dec. 28, 2012

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