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Russian marchers protest adoption ban

A few weeks ago a post on this blog discussed the new Russian bill that bans American parents from adopting Russian children. Since then, the bill has gone into effect and American and Russian reactions to the bill have been noteworthy.

The Wall Street Journal reports that a majority of Russians favor the ban. However, a large march through the streets of Moscow a few days ago demonstrated that many Russians disagree with the ban.

According to a report, approximately 20,000 people participated in the protest, which was reportedly called the "March Against Scoundrels." The protesters walked mostly silently through Moscow carrying signs that expressed their opposition to the ban.

American parents who were in the process of adopting a Russian child may be encouraged by the fact that some Russians oppose the adoption ban. However, it is important to remember that the Russian government easily passed the bill banning Americans from adopting Russians, with a vote of 420-7 in parliament.

The Russian adoption ban and subsequent protests against the ban do demonstrate one feature common to many adoptions. Complexity. Even when adoptions are not interrupted or halted by a government bill banning the adoptions, the process can be quite complicated.

Parents looking into adopting a child from another country or within the U.S. likely recognize the difficulties that parents can encounter when adopting a child. The recent bill in Russia may further confirm the potential for challenges during an adoption.

However, not every adoption will be as tumultuous as those of the parents who were prepared to bring home a child from Russia. Working with a family law attorney familiar with international and domestic adoptions may make the adoption process less stressful.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, "Russians slam adoption ban," Alan Cullison and Andrey Ostroukh, Jan. 13, 2013

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