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More on the first batch of accreditations
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
So Stef just let me know that someone one FRUA found a Russian blog about international adoption that had what appears to be the first "list" of the agencies accredited in this first batch of accreditations. This is NOT an official MOE annoucement, but it's the first that provides details about who received accreditation.

I know I keep harping on this but for those who are with agencies that are not in this first batch, you really need to feel encouraged about this event happening at all. Think of it at the first agency that got NGO. We saw after that first one that the NGOs started dropping like flies. And with the history that we have from the prior delay in 2005, we should all know (not feel but know) that there are going to be many more agencies getting these certificates in large groups over the next couple of weeks.

Anyway, for those interested, here is the link to the blog. And here's the translation of what it says (per Google's translation)...

Today in the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia held a copy of the service order Fursenko, Minister of June 27th for accreditation (now officially called "authorized to operate on the adoption of children (adoption) of the Russian Federation"), representatives of eight foreign companies. Among them were seven American private agencies : Children's Home Society & Family Services, International Assistance Group, Cradle of Hope Adoption Center, Frank Adoption Center, Catholic Social Services of the Diocese of Charlotte, Family & Children's Agency, Cradle Society, as well as the French state agency L'Agence Francaise d'Adoption. The accreditation of these five agencies ended more than a year ago, the 17th May 2006, two-15th September 2006, a French agency previously had no accreditation. Thus ended a long period of time, during which no foreign agency is not able to extend the accreditation, and they were forced to cease official activities in Russia. According to the director of the Department of Youth, Education and Child Welfare Ministry of Education and Science of Russia Alina Levitskaya, to cooperate with international adoption agencies will be continued, while the so-called "independent" adoptions in Russia must be stopped. At the same time, in line with government policy, presidential priority will be the appliance of children in Russian families, including custody, in foster families and patronage.

P.S. I had to post this follow up because the Babushka is requiring up-to-the-minute updates.
posted by Steveg @ 4:14 PM  
  • At 4:40 AM, Blogger Debbie said…

    I for one am not discouraged that my agency is not on this list. And we're said to be 2 months behind this group. But I know it's all good news. Once 1 comes they all come.

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