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Adopting From Russia

We adopted two children from Yaroslavl and felt so much more knowledgeable on our second adoption based on the experiences of our first. The motivation for this website is to give others some of that 'second time around' experience even though it is only their first time.

This website provides practical and up-to-date information you need to know to adopt a child from Russia. Everything you read here is based on the actual experiences of people who have recently adopted from Russia through a variety of adoption agencies. The site is continually updated to provide accurate and current information.

If you haven't adopted yet, we encourage you to use the website as a resource.
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If you have adopted, please share your own experiences via the Trip Report form so that we can continue to add to the richness of the site and its usefulness to others interested in the adoption process.

Documentation requirements described here are for citizens of the United States. The rest of the information is not specific to the adoptive parent's country.

Please note that there is no guarantee that any information on this website is accurate or that your adoption experience will match any experience described here.

The organization of the site roughly tracks the chronological order of the process, like this:

Apr 2007 Update

You may have heard that 'Russia has stopped international adoptions.' That is simply not true. What happened is that all agencies' accreditations have expired. That means that new, agency-facilitated adoptions cannot start. All adoptions that had already started can proceed. 'Independent' adoptions can be started.

Reaccreditation of agencies has begun. The best guess of those 'in the know' is that the first agencies will be reaccreditted in June. It has also been reported that the new accreditations will not expire. If true, it means an end to expired accreditations.

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This site is the idea of and is maintained by Kevin Koch, a member of Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoptions (FRUA) and ODS Adoption Community of New England (ODSACONE).

AdoptingFromRussia.com was started April 14, 1999 and is updated as people return from Russia and provide new information.

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