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Only one of 33 orphans in St. Petersburg denied US adoption has been adopted by a Russian family

6 November 2011 

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Out of the 33 children in St. Petersburg who were denied their future adoptive parents due to the enactment of the “Dima Yakovlev” Law, only one has been adopted by a Russian family, the St. Petersburg Social Affairs Committee told Rosbalt.

At the time of the entry into force of federal law № 272, “Measures against persons involved in the abuse of fundamental human rights and freedoms, rights and freedoms of citizens of the Russian Federation", of 28 December 2012 which banned US citizens from adopting Russian children, 33 children were already set to be adopted by American families. However after 1 January these children were not able to be sent to their future families and had to stay in Russia.

As of 29 October 2013, of these 33 children left without parental care, only one child has been adopted by a family in St. Petersburg and another by a British family. Three children are now living with guardians, one is being cared for by a foster family, and another minor has been returned to his biological family.

In St. Petersburg there are currently 13,660 orphans and children without parental care, of whom 10,162 are living with families. Of these latter, 5,152 are living under the care or custody of guardians, 1,366 under the care or custody of guardians with a foster family agreement, and 3,644 have been adopted.

There are 3,498 orphans and children without parental care in orphanages (2,529 of which live in educational institutions, 717 in medical institutions, and 252 in organisations providing social services).

There are 2,696 children registered with the Regional State Databank on Children who are younger than 18 and are growing up in orphanages and who can be fostered or adopted.

Svetlana Agapitova, St. Petersburg's children’s rights ombudsman, appealed in January to the Ministry of Education and Science on behalf of the American adoptive parents, however the ministry’s answer did not leave any hope that the children would be allowed to live with these families.

“In view of the statutory ban on the adoption of Russian children by American citizens, regional operators of the State Databank on Children without Parental Care have no grounds to allow minors from the Russian Federation to be adopted by U.S. citizens”, the deputy head of the Ministry of Education and Science, Igor Remorenko, responded.

The reason for the refusal “includes the change in the circumstances which previously granted citizens the opportunity to raise a child in their family.”

Translated by Chloe Cranston