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Russian children needing families denied
- sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer
Four years has passed since the father was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter in this case. The family of this boy undoubtedly will suffer because of this tragedy for the rest of their lives.
Since the treaty was in effect 6 weeks ago, the Russian government is once again resurrecting this tragedy and tying it to part of legislation now pending before President Putin to ban all U.S. Adoptions.
I totally support the scrutiny of any potential parent of a child who is under state or government care. Why should a government take your word that you just want to be a Mom or Dad, without giving you a thorough background check before and yes, after you finalize the adoption of your child. My son Jesse is the light of our lives. He has 9 cousins, two sets of grandparents and friends that adore him. He was three when we adopted him and is now exceling as a six year old first grader. I want Jesse to be proud of his culture, both Russia and U.S. There were many children of the same approximate age as Jesse, when we adopted him that just needed a family to love them. I don't think that President Putin disagrees on that point.
Both Russia and the U.S. worked tirelessly for the past few years (not weeks) on reaching agreement on a bi-lateral treaty designed to put in further scrutiny, safeguards on children. What was missing from the treaty that required this excessive knee jerk reaction?
If this new bill is in fact, intended to protect the interest of protecting the children, why did he let the November bi-lateral agreement go forward in the first place?
To now override the bi-lateral treaty is compounding the tragedy, by denying children the opportunity to become part of a family and is incomprehensible to me.
3,627 children have been adopted to the U.S. from Russa since 2009, according to the U.S. Department of State.
Please share your stories on how your Russian-U.S. children have enriched your lives. As a parent to two children he acknowledges (and potentially one from an affair he denies), President Putin should be more compassionate.