Russia mulls ban on US child adoption

Last Updated: Sat, Feb 11, 2012 20:40 hrs

Moscow, Feb 12 (IANS) Moscow may suspend adoption of Russian children by US citizens following a series of mistreatment allegedly committed by American adoptive parents.

"The adoption procedures for the US citizens should be suspended until the Russian-US adoption deal signed July 13, 2011 comes into force," the foreign ministry said.

The ministry has listed a string of cases about US adoptive parents' abuses of Russian children on its website. It vowed to introduce stricter criteria for foreign adopters.

Under the agreement, Russian monitors are allowed to visit homes of adopted children in the US. It also stipulates psychological testing of adoptive parents, among others.

The agreement will come into force only after the Russian State Duma, or the lower house of parliament, ratifies it and both sides determine the mechanisms for enforcement, , Xinhua reported.

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