Thursday, April 3, 2008

A Sad Day for Novokuznetsk Families


EDITORIAL NOTE - Adoptions that are already being processed; meaning families who have completed trip 1, are traveling or ready to travel on trip 2, will be allowed to continue their adoptions. This information was also shared by our agency. To the folks that panicked before I added this editorial note, I apologize.

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While this has not received a ton of attention in the public media (at least it was news to the people I mentioned it to); another child adopted from Russia has died in the US. At this point, it has been ruled a homicide.

Some regions in Russia closed their adoption programs last week, some have added more requirements. Today we learned that as of yesterday, the Governor of the Kemerovo Region suspended all adoptions. This may be temporary, while the process is evaluated and perhaps additional requirements are defined; we just hope is not permanent.

The thought of all these children waiting for families and the possibility of even more delays in the adoption process is just heartbreaking. The latest statistics I read indicated that every 100th child born in Russia ends up in an orphanage.

The State of Kemerovo, particularly, the city of Novokuznetsk hold a very special place in our hearts. I just hope and pray that this hiatus in the adoption process only temporary.

9 comments:

Amy said...

I recently found your blog and agree what a sad, sad day for all the families and children in Kemerovo. We are one of those families who were planning to meet our children. Praying this is temporary. If Kemerovo tells us we need to "jump higher", we will...just let us pursue and complete our adoption sooner than later.

The Wilson's said...

I cannot believe it. This is terrible, and I just hate the affect that it has on other children and families in the process.

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