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Adopting From Russia

Adopting from Russia is a great choice for many parents wanting to pursue international adoption. The requirements are quite flexible as to the age of the parents and the number of children you have. If you're thinking of building your family with children from Russia, here are some things to know.

Who Can Adopt?

Both singes and married couples can adopt from Russia. If you're older, then adopting from this country could be an excellent choice. If you're single, you must be 16 years older than the child you wish to adopt. If you are married there are no age requirements. But there are some medical requirements for adopting, so if you have any medical conditions at all, consult your prospective agency before you lay any money down. Be up front and tell them everything, just to be on the safe side. According to the State Department's Website, disqualifying conditions include tuberculosis (both active and chronic), any internal organ illness or nervous system illness, dysfunction of the limbs, infectious diseases, alcohol or drug addictions, psychiatric disorders, or any disability that would keep a person from working. adorable red head

The Children Available

The children available for adoption will be the ones listed in the Russian Government's database of children without parental care. Russian law requires the children to be listed on a local databank first for one month. Then the child is listed on a federal databank for six months. After that, the child becomes available for international adoption, usually about eight months after a child is orphaned.

Getting Started

It is never wise to go it alone when pursuing an adoption from Russia, but also make sure to find a reliable adoption agency. Furthermore Russia requires you to use an agency with a Russian accreditation.

Getting a Referral

If you are found eligible to adopt from Russia, the central adoption authority in Russia will give you a referral for a child. If you decide this is the child for you, then you proceed with finalizing the adoption.


Adopting from Russia requires at least two trips. Once you have chosen a child you are adopting from Russia, you then travel to Russia and apply for a court date. If you are married, only one parent need come the first time. Then you travel to Russia again for your court date. Both parents must be present at this hearing. After the hearing, there is a ten-day waiting period before you can bring your child home. You can either return home and then come back to pick up your child or just stay in Russia until your child is released to you.

Helpful Links

The following links have great information if you are considering adopting from Russia. Are you looking for an agency? The following is a list of agencies accredited with the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.

Adopting From Russia is a great website created by parents who have adopted from Russia twice.

Families for Russian and Ukranian Adoption exists to support adoptive families who are considering adoption, in the process of adopting and those who have returned home with their children.

Other Helpful Information

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