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.

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The Dark Matter of Love Joins the Fight to Free the 300

The Dark Matter of Love screens on Capitol Hill to an audience of policy and decision makers

Double Bounce Films presents

The Dark Matter of Love Kickstarter Campaign

This feature documentary tells the story of three of the last Russian children able to be adopted into an American family – Masha, Vadim and Marcel. After some inevitable teething problems, the children flourish in their new family. The film demonstrates the difference the love of a family can make to a child’s development.

On January the 1st 2013 Russian President Vladimir Putin passed a law banning the adoption of Russian children into American families. Approximately 300 Russian children just like Masha and her brothers have met and started to fall in love with their families, but can no longer complete their adoptions.

The film will have it’s Russian premiere at the Moscow Film Festival in June

The film then goes on to screen to representatives from 56 nations at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Istanbul in July

When director Sarah McCarthy was making The Dark Matter of Love, she had no idea that President Putin was going to pass this law. Suddenly her film became a 90 minute demonstration of what these children are being denied.

In April 2013 the film screened in conjunction with the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, National Council on Adoption, CASE and Cinema for Peace to an audience of policy and decision makers on Capitol Hill.

The film makes its Russian premiere at the Moscow International Film Festival in June 2013, accompanied by a petition of over 63,000 signatures. Key Russian policy makers will be in attendance at the screening, as well as American parents waiting to be united with their adopted children.

President Obama will meet with President Putin in mid June

With your help, we can elevate the campaign and put pressure on leading officials to take action. THE DARK MATTER OF LOVE is currently raising funds through Kickstarter for a screening tour of Russia and the US to raise the profile of the situation. To see our campaign video click here. Please join us in the fight to bring these children home.

You can learn more about the film and accompanying campaign in this piece from The Huffington Post.

300+ Russian children like Evie are waiting to be re-united with their adoptive American parents.

Russian Bilateral Agreement will be Working Until 2014

MOSCOW, Jan. 10 – RIA Novosti. Agreement on the Adoption of the United States will cease to have effect in the first days of January 2014, told RIA Novosti press-secretary of state, Dmitry Peskov.

“Now the agreement is valid,” – said Peskov, adding that it will last for years. According to him, the instrument will be eliminated in the first days of January 2014.

According to the document of adoption, “the agreement shall be valid for one year from the date on which one of the parties through diplomatic channels to inform the other party of its intention to terminate the agreement.”

Russian Foreign Ministry officially handed over to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow on January 1 note with a notice of termination of the agreement with the United States for adoption in connection with effect from the same date of the federal law “On measures against persons involved in the violation of fundamental human rights and freedoms, rights and freedoms of citizens of the Russian Federation, “which is called” the law of Dima Yakovlev”.

This resonance law was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin on 28 December.

Russian law takes its informal name after the boy, who was killed in July 2008 in Herndon, near Washington after adoptive father on the day he left in a closed car. According to official data, the U.S. State Department, for 20 years the number of known cases of death at the hands of Russian children by American adoptive parents is 20 though adopted were about 60 thousand orphans from Russia.

“The law of Dima Yakovlev” – is Russia’s response to the received in the U.S. “Magnitsky Act”, which introduces visa sanctions against a number of Russians.

Russian law provides for drawing up a list of Americans who have violated the rights of Russians, or were involved in the crimes against them. They were denied entry into Russia, and they control the activities of legal entities on the territory of the Russian Federation will be suspended. This rule applies to any aliens who violate the rights of Russians, not just for Americans. Also introduces a ban on the activities in Russia from the U.S. funded NGOs and political non-profit organizations whose work threatens the interests of Russia.

NPR: Kojo on International Adoption

kojoRussia’s move to ban American adoptions of Russian children forces international diplomacy into the lives of some families. Kojo explores the challenges of inter-country adoption.

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North Carolina Family Adopts Child From Russia

eb16b3a9a65c8e3f693a5b1e4795b956Glade Valley, NC — Not being able to have a child is an emptiness that hundreds of thousands of couples know all too well. The dream of adopting fills that, but now, many families’ dreams may no longer come true.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he will sign a bill, which bans Americans from adopting Russian children.

Putin claims US authorities deny access to the adopted Russian children and that Americans suspected of violence towards Russian adoptees go unpunished.

Americans adopted close to 1,000 Russian children last year, according to U.S. State Department figures.

In 2007, Dawn and Keenan Mustin adopted their son Gavin from Russia.

“He was mine from day 1,” explained Dawn. “There are not words to explain it; it’s a wonderful connection and a beautiful thing that this is your forever child, and you will be a forever family and he will love you and you will love him and it will be no different than if you had given birth.”

The Mustin’s adoption process was stalled when Russia temporarily closed the door on international adoptions.

“It was devastating… it’s almost like your world comes crashing down,” said Dawn. “The families right now are very devastated about what is happening to them. They may have met their child and they can’t go back and get their child. Or they’re preparing for their second trip and they may not be able to go get their child and they’ve already had a connection with that child so it would be very hard.”

“For parents that are caught up in the mess, hang in there, there is a child there for you. Somewhere, God has a perfect child planned for you,” said Dawn.

The Mustins are in the process of adopting a little girl from Bulgaria. They hope to make their first trip sometime next year.

UNICEF estimates that there are about 740,000 children without parental custody in Russia.

Russian Adoption Ban

In what we can only describe as a tragedy, earlier today President Putin signed the ban on intercountry adoption.  The law goes into effect on January 1, 2013 and while some details remain unclear, it is being reported that the law supersedes the bi-lateral adoption agreement between the US and Russia.  The status of the adoptions currently in-process is not assured at this time.

The closure of Russia to intercountry adoption follows what is now an all too familiar strain of tragedies.  Children in Vietnam, Nepal, Romania and too many other countries suffer the life-long effects of institutionalization due to the elimination of intercountry adoption as a viable option.  However unlike other closures which were generally based on child protection issues, the Russian ban is particularly stinging in that it is an act of politics, pure and simple.

As a professional advocate for children and the father of two Russian born children, this ban by the Russian government is a loss for my head and my heart….but most of all a loss for the children of Russia.

Best Wishes,

Tom DiFilipo

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