Adoption Institute urges ‘thoughtful, expeditious’ resumption of Russia adoptions

From the press release:

NEW YORK, April 19, 2010 – The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute today urged officials in Washington and Moscow to move “thoughtfully but expeditiously” to avoid a cessation of Russian adoptions to the U.S., pointing out that “the victims of a lengthy process will be the children who remain institutionalized.”

Executive Director Adam Pertman stressed that the Institute strongly believes the case of the boy “returned” by his adoptive mother should be thoroughly investigated – as should any other incidents of adoptees being harmed or receiving questionable treatment by their parents. Changes in policies and practices should be implemented as swiftly as possible to remedy any specific problems that are identified, he added.

“Even one child suffering physical or psychological harm is one too many,” said Pertman. “But there is no evidence of widespread abuses of this sort, and we know that living in orphanages is generally detrimental in itself, so this process should be done thoughtfully but expeditiously, so that these children can move into permanent, loving families – within Russia if possible, or internationally if not – because the victims of a lengthy process will be the children who remain institutionalized.”

From http://www.adoptioninstitute.org/media/20100419_press_russia.php

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