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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.
FROM RUSSIA

FY 2008
FY 2007
FY 2006
FY 2005
FY 2004
FY 2003
FY 2002
FY 2001
FY 2000
FY 1999
FY 1998
FY 1997
FY 1996
FY 1995
FY 1994
FY 1993
FY 1992
FY 1991
  1,861
  2,310
  3,706
  4,639
  5,865
  5,209
  4,939
  4,279
  4,269
  4,348
  4,491
  3,816
  2,454
  1,896
  1,530
   746
   324
   12

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.

 

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