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Russian Experimental Orphanage Community May Be Solution to Traditional Orphanages

Since the 2012 Russian ban on families in the United States adopting children in orphanages, a Russian experiment is underway that breaks the traditional orphanage model.

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International Adoptions by U.S. Families Face Critical Drop Everywhere but Africa

Report that international adoptions by citizens of the United States dropped critically all over the globe expect for Africa which increased substantially.

Reasons for drop include (1) tightened regulations; (2) moratoriums on adoption; (3) accusations of baby selling; (4) allegations of unsavory child adoption practices; (5) political independence; (6) show of force/economic success; (7) belief that international adoption should be a last resort; and (8) negative press coverage exposing international adoption abuses.

To give you an idea of the drop in International Adoptions by U.S. families, look at the ten year period between 2004 and 2014 of reported international adoption cases by US families from 22,884 (in 2004) to 6,441 (in 2014).

See also this article visually displaying drop in percentages of international adoptions along with brief synopsis of reasons.

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Israeli Attorney General Opines Israeli Surrogacy Law Discriminatory

Here’s a REPORT that in Israel a woman with a medical problem that prevents her from conceiving a child may be able to legally enter into a surrogacy contract provided she is in a relationship with a male partner.

The Israeli attorney general just submitted an opinion that a woman’s relationship status with a male partner should have zero relevancy in the woman’s ability to contract with a surrogate.  If this opinion is eventually accepted, it would mean that a single woman with a medical complication rendering her unable to carry a child should not have to obtain a male partner in order to contract with a surrogate.

The attorney general’s opinion could eventually open the door in Israel for single women to legally contract with a surrogate begging the question as to why single men and same-sex couples should be excluded.

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Legislation In Israel to Decriminalize Adoption Gag Law

Report that pursuant to the laws of Israel, it is a criminal offense for anyone to disclose that they adopted or are adopted.  A new bill has been proposed to decriminalize disclosures revolving around adoption.

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Congressman Pressures State Department to Seek End to Russia’s U.S. Adoption Ban

Report that United States Republican Representative Doug Collins of Georgia wrote a letter to the U.S. State Department to pressure Russia to end their ban on adoption of Russian children by citizens of the United States.  The Russian ban on U.S. citizens adopting Russian children was enacted by Russia in January 2013 in retaliation to the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act passed by the U.S. Congress prohibiting Russian officials with ties to the Russian mob from entering the United States or using the American banking system.

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Bill Introduced Reflecting Children are Harmed by Tighter International Adoption Regulations

Report from Boston Globe that on May 19, 2016, U.S. Representative Tom Marino (R-PA-10), introduced a BILL for consideration that seeks to direct the US State Department’s attention away from International Adoption red tape which have caused a substantial decline since 2004 arguing that children’s human rights are harmed by being institutionalized in foreign countries.
The thrust of the argument appears to place more importance and spotlighting the freeing institutionalized children for adoption and avoiding the reasons for the red tape which might include safeguards for children to avoid kidnapping, baby selling, etc.

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Documentary about Russian attorney paints different picture of attorney whose death in Russia led US to blacklist Russian officials resulting in Russia banning adoptions in Russia by US Citizens.  

New York Times reports:  Attorney Sergei Magnitsky died in a Russian prison after allegedly accusing the police of stealing $230 million in fraudulent tax rebates.  

Mr. Magnitsky’s death led Congress to blacklist Russian officials for rights abuses causing the Russians to retaliate by banning US Citizens from adopting.  

A new documentary – The Magnitsky Act – suggests Mr. Magnitsky was not attempting to blow the whistle but was an accomplice in the theft. 

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Adoptions in China Down After Relaxation of One-Child-Per-Family Rule

After relaxation of China’s thirty-five year rule of One-Child-Per-Family, adoptions by families in China are down almost by half from five years earlier according to this report.

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Russia Ban on US Adoption to Remain in Place

Report today that Russia sees no reason to lift three year ban on U.S. families adopting children from Russia.

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US Bill Offered to Encourage State Department to Open International Adoption to US Families

Bill introduced last week to encourage State Department to place greater emphasis on human rights of children over other variables which likely caused substantial drop in international adoptions since 2004.

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