Russia is currently closed for adoption by US citizens. Prospective Adoptive Parents: In December 2012, President Vladimir Putin signed into law Federal Law No. 272-FZ, which placed a ban on US citizens adopting Russian orphans. Entered into effect 30 days later, only Russian children whose adoptions had been finalized in a Russian court were transferred to … Continue Reading


Ukraine is not a party to the Hague Convention. The Ukrainian Adoption Authority (State Department for Adoptions and Protection of Rights of the Child – SDAPRC) may refuse to register an adoption dossier if, at that time, the central database of Ukrainian children available for intercountry adoptions contains no children that meet the recommendation in … Continue Reading