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SPECIAL REGIONAL CONSIDERATIONS - RUSSIA
HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION
The exponential rise in international adoptions from Russia parallels that for China over the past 12 years. Russia opened for international adoption as the Soviet Union disintegrated. The sudden availability of white children and the closure of Romania for international adoption rapidly accelerated interest in Russian adoptions. American parents were also enthusiastic about the provision of video tapes of the prospective child as part of the referral packet, first offered by a few agencies working in Russia in the early 1990s. Viewing video tapes of the prospective child made it easier for parents to connect with the child and also (often with professional assistance) to identify potential medical issues or developmental delays.
NUMBER OF IMMIGRANT VISAS ISSUED TO ORPHANS
COMING TO THE U.S.
NOTE: All statistics given correspond with the U.S. Government fiscal year,
which begins on October 1 and ends on September 30.
SOURCE - US Department of State, Intercountry Adoption, http://adoption.state.gov/news/total_chart.html
From THE HANDBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION MEDICINE by Laurie C. Miller. © 2004 by Oxford University Press, Inc. Used by Permission.