Summary

1/14/2013--Introduced.Affirms that all children deserve a permanent, protective family. Values the long tradition of the United States and Russia working together to find permanent homes for unparented children.... Read More

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This resolution was introduced on Jan 14, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Date Introduced
Jan 14, 2013

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Bill Text

RESOLUTION

Expressing the deep disappointment of the House of Representatives in the enactment by the Russia Government of a law ending inter-country adoptions of Russian children by United States citizens and urging the Russia Government to reconsider the law and prioritize the processing of inter-country adoptions involving parentless Russian children who were already matched with United States families before the enactment of the law.

Whereas United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) estimates that there are 740,000 children in Russia living without parental care; Whereas the Ministry of Science and Education of Russia estimates that 110,000 children live in state institutions in Russia; Whereas the number of adoptions by Russian families is modest, with only 7,400 domestic adoptions in 2011 compared with 3,400 adoptions of Russian children by families abroad; Whereas, on December 28, 2012, Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin signed into law legislation entitled ``On Measures Concerning the Implementation of Government Policy on Orphaned Children and those without Parental Care'', which includes language that permanently bans adoptions of Russian children by United States citizens; Whereas a spokesman for President Putin, Dmitry Peskov, announced that the law is to take effect on January 1, 2013, thereby abrogating the bilateral agreement between Russia and the United States that entered into force on November 1, 2012, and requires both countries to provide one year notice of intent to terminate the agreement; Whereas 46, and possibly more, inter-country adoptions of Russian children by United States families have already received a final adoption decree from the...

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I support H.Res. 24 ("Expressing the deep disappointment of the House of Representatives in the enactment by the Russia") because Pastor Whit Lewis and his wife Leanne both from Mississippi are caught in the middle of this horrible situation. After multiple miscarriages they felt led to seek adoption and chose Russia. They began the process and got so far as to meet "their" boys. Boys, as in brothers. They were to appear in court just after the new year to have the adoption approved, but this has not happened. These precious boys deserve loving parents, the parents they believe will come back to Russia to bring them home. Their parents are Whit and Leanne Lewis. Please support this resolution.

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Melmrice
MS-3
2 years ago

I support H.Res. 24 ("Expressing the deep disappointment of the House of Representatives in the enactment by the Russia") because...we have 3 adopted, Russian children who are flourishing in our care. We met our other daughter, Nika, in Solikamsk, RU in November 2012. We accepted the referral and completed all necessary documents to proceed. We are heartbroken this ban is keeping her from our family. We plead for the understanding, support, and compassion of Congress to help us bring our daughter home. Gratefully, Kathleen and Brent Duncan St. Louis, MO

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kathduncan1
MO-2
2 years ago

I support H.Res. 24 ("Expressing the deep disappointment of the House of Representatives in the enactment by the Russia") because many families are in the process of adopting children from Russia and they may not be able to complete the process. We adopted one of our daughters from Taiwan and these families already consider the Russian child a part of their family. They are anxiously waiting for the process and paperwork to be complete so they can all be together. We are called to care for orphans, it does not matter if that orphan is born in the U.S. or somewhere else, they are still a child who deserves love.

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NC
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LeeDingle
NC-4
2 years ago

I support H.Res. 24 ("Expressing the deep disappointment of the House of Representatives in the enactment by the Russia") because...I feel: 1. any adoptions in the "pipeline" should be carried out; 2. I understand the disgust of the Russian government because of the outrageous behavior of some U. S. citizens who had adopted their children. 3. Other than that, it is the right of a country to restrict adoptions to any country it chooses.

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Francis525
ID-1
2 years ago

Users Opposing

I oppose H.Res. 24 ("Expressing the deep disappointment of the House of Representatives in the enactment by the Russia") because... This is silly and doesn't affect our national security or economic recovery. Let Russia take care of themselves, as they obviously want this law.

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AreWeFree
CA-16
2 years ago

I oppose H.Res. 24 ("Expressing the deep disappointment of the House of Representatives in the enactment by the Russia") because the Russian government will do what they wish in relation to the governance of its people and territories. It is not our place to tell them what to do, especially when we do not take care of our own first. This is a waste of time and money.

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Mike_R
LA-3
2 years ago

Bill Summary

1/14/2013--Introduced.Affirms that all children deserve a permanent, protective family. Values the long tradition of the United States and Russia working together to find permanent homes for unparented children. Disapproves of the Russian law ending inter-country adoptions of Russian children by U.S. citizens because it primarily harms vulnerable and voiceless children. Urges Russia to reconsider the law on humanitarian grounds and prioritize the processing of inter-country adoptions of Russian children by U.S. citizens that were initiated before the law's enactment.

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