Scott Johnson at Power Line posted an article today about the recent changes in adoption policies regarding Americans adopting children from Russia. The new Russian policy takes effect on January 1st, and will stop all adoptions in process, including those about to take place.
The article reports:
The New York Daily News reports that Russia has 740,000 children not in parental custody with 18,000 Russians standing in line to adopt children. The law is aimed at Americans and suffused with anti-American animus as well as Russian nationalism:
Some recent news articles in Russian have claimed that violence against adopted Russian children in America goes unpunished and that the adopted children were being used as organ donors, sex toys or cannon fodder for the Army. Because the press is run by the government, the Russian people have no reason to doubt this.
The children are the ones being hurt by this decision. The orphanages in Russia do not educate the children to find jobs when they leave the orphanage, and many of these children have no place to live or no food to eat. One of the charities that has been working to change the lives of these children is Orphan’s Promise. They are one of many organizations working to change things for the children in orphanages around the world with no hope for the future. Unfortunately, this new decision by the Russian government means that more children in Russia will be stuck in the poverty of that nation.