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Georgian Association Issues a Statement Concerning Russia’s Annexation of Crimea

Dear Friends,

The Georgian Association in the USA has issued a statement concerning Russia’s Annexation of Crimea.

The transcript of the statement is reproduced below. Here is a link to the actual statement.

Nino Aduashvili
Executive Director
Georgian Association in the USA, Inc.

Statement of the Georgian Association in the United States of America

The Georgian Association in the United States of America, the oldest organization representing the Georgian-American community, condemns Russia’s annexation of Crimea in the strongest terms and fully supports the government of Ukraine in declaring the March 16th referendum on Crimea’s independence illegal. The Association calls on the US Government to undertake all possible steps to protect the fundamental principles of international law, based on sovereignty and the territorial integrity of nation-states.

The Association calls on the Obama administration to ensure security guarantees for Georgia and to advocate forcefully for Georgia’s accession into NATO. Granting Georgia the Membership Action Plan (MAP), which it has earned by meeting strict NATO requirements, is a more effective way to impose a real political cost on Moscow for its illegal and politically destabilizing activities, while demonstrating to Ukraine and other countries that the hard work of reform pays off. 
Economic sanctions and a travel ban against individual members of the Russian political and military leadership alone are unlikely to convince Russia to withdraw its military from Crimea and to respect the territorial integrity of Ukraine for several reasons.

First, it is highly unlikely that sanctions alone will persuade President Putin to relinquish Crimea or to allow Ukraine out of Russia’s political orbit. The Kremlin’s desire to keep its immediate neighbors within its sphere of influence trump any economic interests that may be damaged by sanctions.

Second, based on their experience in 2008, President Putin and his circle are convinced that Russia can wait out sanctions. They expect Europe to cave in due to its dependence on Russian gas and the damaging economic losses that will result from tit-for-tat sanctions. Whether this belief is accurate is immaterial; what matters is that Putin and his inner circle perceive it to be true and will base their actions on this perception. Relying on economic sanctions will not yield their intended political effect, especially given the autocratic nature of the Russian government and its insensitivity to domestic pressures.

Offering NATO membership to Georgia is a proper strategic response. NATO membership, in concert with the EU’s Eastern Partnership program, extends stability and prosperity to qualified countries, and serves the interests of the United States. The alternative is a Russian model of confrontation, dismemberment of neighboring states, instability and corrupt governance,

In order to extend NATO membership to Georgia, the US government should open immediate dialogue with its NATO partners, Germany and Turkey, as well as with the UK, which is the host nation of the next summit, to push Georgia’s MAP forward at an accelerated pace.

Given Georgia’s significant contributions to US-led military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, its strategic location and its success in becoming a stable and democratic state, the Association calls on the US government to immediately begin negotiations with its NATO allies to ensure the rapid promotion of Georgia’s NATO membership.

Board of Directors of the Georgian Association in the USA

Breaking Stalin’s Nose

676db1fe99ea15701a89fcdcd7ca5c38 Sasha Zaichik has known the laws of the Soviet Young Pioneers since the age of six:

1. The Young Pioneer is devoted to Comrade Stalin, the Communist Party, and Communism.

2. A Young Pioneer is a reliable comrade and always acts according to conscience.

3. A Young Pioneer has a right to criticize shortcomings.

But now that it is finally time to join the Young Pioneers, the day Sasha has awaited for so long, everything seems to go awry. He breaks a classmate’s glasses with a snowball. He accidentally damages a bust of Stalin in the school hallway.  And worst of all, his father, the best Communist he knows, was arrested just last night.

Learn more.

ALERT: Ukrainian Post Placement Reports Now Due

Post Placement Special Notice:

Ukrainian Post Placement Reports Due the Third Week in January
Whether or not you adopted in Ukraine, Russia, or another Eastern European or Central Asian country, please read this important message about post placement reports. They are a fact of adoptive family life.  When we signed our adoption documents, we agreed to file these reports with our child’s birth country, to provide information about the adjustment and progress of our children. Failure to do so is a violation of our adoption agreements.

There is another, equally important reason to file our post placement reports: they are one of the few tools that we adoptive parents can deploy to help keep inter-country adoption open.  When we file our reports – telling of our child’s and our family’s challenges and how we are working to overcome them – by sharing our children’s triumphs, we provide the moderate voice of successful adoptive experience. When we don’t, this balance is missing from the view birth countries have of our children and our families.  Without our voices, the tragic, but rare, instances of abuse, picked up and magnified by the media in the birth country and by U.S.  Media becomes their narrow and inaccurate view of American adoptive parents.  This should not be their only word of our children.

Ukrainian Post Placement Reports are due the third week in January.
Ukraine uses alternating report years for reports. Reporting Year 2014 is for those families who adopted Ukrainian children in 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013. If you adopted in one of those years….it’s time to file! Please comply!

You can go to the Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption, Including Neighboring Countries (FRUA) website, for more specific information about Ukrainian post placement reports and where to pull reporting forms. Use this link:
FRUA’s new winter issue of The Family Focus also provided great detail about the filing of post placement reports and their importance.

A Request for Each of Us to Do Our Part
This year, make it a point to file your reports about your children, no matter which country from which you adopted. If your child is from Russia, your reports can support the long term goal to re-open the doors of inter-country adoption in a country that is greatly divided over the care of its orphaned children.  For those who adopted in Ukraine, or are hoping to adopt, there is this stark reality: your FRUA chair has been told directly by the Ukrainian government that immediate improvements in American family’s post placement reporting statistics will help keep the doors of inter-country adoption open for us. If those statistics do not improve this year, the government may well take steps limiting adoption to Americans.  I do not think that a single one of we adoptive parents, who value our children, want to be responsible for such a tragic step preventing other orphans and adoptive families from experiencing our joy.
Please, won’t you please do this one thing for your child, and for all the families still waiting to adopt.

Thank you,
Jan Wondra
National FRUA Chair

Tatyana McFadden Champion Adopted From Russia

01cac9dc92400ddc9c70b608a33ee032 In case you missed the story of Tatyana McFadden who completed a marathon Grand Slam this past weekend by winning the women’s wheelchair division of the NYC Marathon in the same year she won the London, Boston and Chicago marathons.  Tatyana is the daughter of Debbie McFadden, former Executive Director of International Children’s Alliance and former board member of Joint Council.  

Tatyana, was adopted by Debbie in Yekaterinburg, Russia, is an amazing young woman.  I’ll let this short video and her voice bring you the story of her glorious achievement.

Congrats to Tatyana!

Spread the Word: Let’s Adopt

I want to make you aware of a wonderful new effort to help Russian children who are being victimized by their country’s senseless ban on adoptions by American families.  As you know, these children are living in dismal conditions, with little hope of a permanent family except through inter-country adoption. These children have parents in America who want to bring them home, but instead, they are now suffering – even dying – in institutions. 

To take a stand against this tragedy, my good friend Laura Ingraham released a compelling video appeal to President Putin to reverse the ban. 

I know her video will inspire you as much as it inspires me:


In addition to Laura’s efforts, there is a growing coalition of like-minded leaders, advocacy organizations and everyday people who are standing up to give a voice to orphaned and unparented children, not only in Russia but throughout the world.

Last week I led a coalition of nine other senators from both sides of the aisle to introduce Children in Families First (CHIFF).  We believe the U.S. government needs to do a better job of helping to ensure that all the world’s children grow up in safe, permanent and nurturing families.  CHIFF is about bringing our diplomatic influence and resources to bear to preserve families, reunify families, or create families through kinship, domestic or international adoption.  CHIFF does this by reallocating resources and realigning some government agencies to make the government more effective without any extra spending or bureaucracy.  

Watch our press conference introducing CHIFF.

Although CHIFF already has a lot of support from many key organizations and individuals, we need more to pass this important piece of legislation. If you would like to learn more about CHIFF and how you can become involved, please visit  And of course, you can always reach out to me and my staff: Whitney Reitz at  or Libby Whitbeck at



Alert: Russia Post-Placement Reports

russia%20post%20placement%20report%2006-26-2013 Russia requires post-placement reports to provide information regarding the welfare of children adopted by U.S. families.  Reports should be prepared in accordance with the requirements established by the Russian government and as agreed to during the adoption process.  All reports should be translated into Russian.  Reports may be submitted to the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation directly at the address included below or can be sent to the regional authorities where the adoption was completed.  More information regarding post-placement reports can be found on the Russia country information sheet.

Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation
Department of State Policy for the Protection of Children’s Rights
51 Lysinovskaya St.
Moscow, 117997

We strongly urge you to comply with the requirements established by the Russia government and complete all post-adoption requirements in a timely manner.  Your adoption agency may be able to help you with this process.


The Dark Matter of Love Kickstarter Campaign


Today The Dark Matter of Love will premiere at The Moscow International Film Festival in front of a packed audience of Russian policy and descision makers.

The support from the Russian press and people has been overwhelming; they are in full support of our goal to reunite the 300 children stuck in Putin’s adoption ban with their American families.

Momentum is building in Moscow as the Russian people and press get behind the campaign

With 10 days to go and still a large amount of money to raise, we need you to join the Russian people in saying no to Putin’s ban by backing our campaign.

Thank you, and please spread the word to everyone you can.

Documentary Brings Light to the Science of Love

thedarkmatteroflove Attachment can be one of the more challenging aspects of adopting a child from an institution. Often these children experience trauma, profound loss, and have severe difficulties bonding with their adoptive parents. The Dark Matter of Love, a soon-to-be-released documentary, captivatingly documents the struggles the Diaz family faces as they try to connect with their Russian adopted children and make their family whole. Director Sarah McCarthy takes viewers on a visually stunning journey that follows 11-year-old Masha, and 5-year-old twins Marcel and Vadim, as they transition into family life with Claudio and Cheryl Diaz and their biological 14 year old daughter, Cami.

Sourced:NCFA Blog

Read more.

The Dark Matter of Love: Child Dies Stuck in Putin’s Ban

The Dark Matter of Love Kickstarter Campaign

Yesterday the news broke that one of the 300 children stuck in Putin’s adoption ban has died in Russia from an untreated heart condition.

Click below for a full update on the situation and to hear how it’s affected our campaign.

Daria died in Russia earlier this month as her parents fought to bring her to the US

Read about the story and our campaign in The Washington Post

The situation for the 300 children has become more urgent than ever.

Please back the campaign now and spread the word on your own networks.

Thank you.

Click here to watch the campaign video

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