Russia vows to protect adoptees abroad

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a resolution amending the regulations for Russian consular registration of children adopted by foreigners aimed at protecting the rights of adoptees abroad.

The Russian government press service said Saturday that the document is designed to protect rights and interests of the Russian adopted children, to prevent illegal activities for child adoption, and to ensure better control over living conditions and upbringing of adoptees.

In accordance with the regulations, both federal and regional authorities must inform each other about reported deaths of an adopted child as well as abuse and violation of a childâ„¢s rights.

The resolution also specifies requirements for appropriate state services in a foreign country to present reports about an adopted childâ„¢s life.

Russia has imposed a series of measures since the end of last year to protect the rights of Russian adopted children after several reported deaths and cases of abuse of Russian adoptees in the custody of US citizens.

On December 28, Russian approved the Dima Yakovlev law, which bans Americans from adopting Russian children. The adoption ban took effect on January 1, 2013.

The legislation was named after a Russian toddler who died in 2008 of heat stroke due to the negligence of his adoptive father – an American.

In addition, on July 3, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law banning same-sex couples, single people or unmarried couples to adopt Russian children to countries where gay marriages are allowed.


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Republished from: Press TV