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Wednesday, April 18, 2007
That is the question everyone seems to be asking these days, especially with all the articles in papers and on websites claiming "Russia Suspends US Adoptions". If you haven't been intimately involved in the Russian adoption process, especially surrounding the accreditation of adoption agencies, this sounds quite alarming. The tone of the articles imply that there has been a sudden shutdown of US adoptions from Russia.

In reality, the situation is one that most of us living through the process of waiting for our agencies to become re-accredited with the Russian government are so familiar with. Since last May all accredited agencies have seen their accreditation expire with the last few agencies accreditations expiring last Wednesday which is what triggered the articles. This also is not just a US problem as no other countries (Canada, Spain, and Italy being the countries with the most children adopted from Russia) have agencies with a current accreditation.

To recap the accreditation timeline:
- April 2006 - the new NGO law went into effect, but no one knew if it would apply to adoption agencies, we find out later that yes it will apply so all agencies need to be registered as NGOs

- May 2006 - the first of the agency accreditations (including ours) expire

- August 2006 - the first agencies obtain NGO registration

- November 2006 - the new accreditation regulation is published, but the details on how apply is still a question

- December 2006 - guidelines for applying for accreditation are published and our agency's documents are submitted.

- March 2007 - additional information is requested of all agencies applying for accreditation. The US State Department agrees to send a letter on behalf of all the US agencies.

- April 2007 - The US State Department letter is sent to Moscow. The last few agencies have their accreditation expire

Hopefully we'll see accreditation happen soon for all agencies that have applied, but as we know oh too well. Nothing is certain in Russian adoption.
posted by yorkiemom @ 1:59 PM  
  • At 7:37 PM, Blogger Tricia said…

    (feeling frustrated right now but don't have anything to say)

    come 'on! we are waiting!!!

  • At 10:20 PM, Blogger Lake said…

    Yes it is hard to wait, I am hoping Putin will say yes and things will get rolling again.
    Love , Mother

  • At 5:04 PM, Blogger :: Suzanne :: said…

    I'm so sorry for your long awful wait. Been there, done that. It's yucky (but worth it).

    Thanks for including me in your blogroll. If you get a minute, you might want to update the link. We moved!




  • At 7:16 AM, Blogger kate said…

    Just waiting with you...

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