Russian Adoption

Written by Abby Luttrell
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In 2002, there were 4,939 adoptions of Russian children by American families. The Russian Ministry of Education supervises overseas adoptions, and has been doing so reliably and well for 20 years. Your adoption agency must be accredited by the Russian Ministry of Education.

Russian Adoption--Who Qualifies?

There are no age requirements for prospective parents, other than being between 25 and 55. Singles and divorced persons are permitted to adopt. Russian adoptions require that single adoptive parents show proof of financial ability before they are approved. Singles are also required to submit to a psychiatric evaluation and are only allowed to adopt one child at a time.

You will fill out a dossier of personal information which will be presented to the Ministry of Education. They will identify a prospective child for you, and if you approve, an invitation will be sent to you from Russia to come and meet your child. This initial visit is approximately a one week stay.

You will return to Russia in approximately two to three months to attend the court hearing which formalizes the child's adoption. You will stay in Russia about two to three weeks before returning home with your child. Final formalities for U.S. adoption will be handled through the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.


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