November 1, 2012 Adoption Agreement With USA in Effect…

Russia wants to have full access to foster children adopted by US families, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.

Russia’s top diplomat, citing the new Russia-US agreement on child adoptions, said Russia currently lacks access to Russian foster children in the United States, while cases of child abuse against adoptees continue to take place.

Starting November 1, it will be legally binding in Russia and the United States and we will be insisting on the absolutely full and scrupulous implementation of this [new agreement],” Lavrov said.

The agreement, signed into law by President Vladimir Putin and set to take force on November 1, makes a number of changes including to the existing legislation, including closer scrutiny into prospective foster parents before and after adoptions.

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