Because I’ve been following the developments around the Russian adoption ban I wanted to add this quick update. The ban has become controversial within Russia.
Towards the end of this story there are some fairly staggering statistics–740,000 children not in parental custody, 18,000 Russians waiting to adopt. I’m not sure what “not in parental custody” means–it seems to me it could cover a lot of ground. But the implication here is clear: Many Russian children will be harmed by barring adoption. There are not enough Russian adoptive placements to ensure that all the Russian children needing homes find them. Not anywhere close.
It’s tragic, really, that adoption has become enmeshed with both global and internal Russian politics. There’s no doubt in my mind that there is ample room for reform in international adoption practice, but I’m equally sure (if not more so) that this is not what is driving the actions taken here.