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Adoption of orphan children through both Russian and foreign independent agencies will be banned in Russia by the end of this year
Adoption of orphan children through both Russian and foreign independent agencies will be banned in Russia by the end of this year, the chief of the Ministry of Education and Science’s department of the youth policy, Sergei Apatenko, has said. He told a news conference on Tuesday that this decision was made because “a majority of cases of cruel treatment of orphan children is registered in such form of adoption”. Besides, independent agencies have not provided 1,700 accounts of adopter parents since 1992, even though the law warrants making such accounts every year. Apatenko said that the new adoption concept “has been already approved by the Russian government; it will be sent to the State Duma (the parliament’s lower house) within two months, and independent adoption will be abolished by the end of the year”. The adoption agencies also must be re-registered every year. “After the passing of changes to the law, all agencies, especially non-state ones, must be registered first in the Justice Ministry and then in the Ministry of Education and Science,” Apatenko said. He said that 13 cases of abuse of adopted Russian children abroad had been revealed over the past year, “but there are not less such cases in Russia”. “In connection with this, it is necessary to tighten the control of not only foreign, but also Russian agencies,” Apatenko stressed. According to the ministry, foreigners have adopted 64,000 Russian children since 1992, as compared to 157,000 children adopted by Russian citizens. “A total of more than one million orphan children have been placed in Russian families,” Apatenko said.
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