Several of the children at my daughter's school were adopted from Russia. I know that one of the families is -- was -- in the middle of a very difficult second adoption. Last week we heard the news that Russia was considering shutting down all adoptions by Americans. From the Associated Press:
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he will sign a controversial bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children, a defiant move against the U.S. that has angered some Russians who argue it victimizes children to make a political point.
The law would block dozens of Russian children expected to be adopted by American families from leaving the country and cut off one of the main international routes for Russian children to leave often dismal orphanages. Russia is the single biggest source of adopted children in the U.S., with more than 60,000 Russian children being taken in by Americans over the past two decades.
The bill is retaliation for an American law that calls for sanctions against Russians deemed to be human rights violators and part of an increasingly confrontational stance by the Kremlin against the West.
Right now there are some 740,000 children needing families in Russia and only 18,000 Russians willing to adopt.
And what can be done?