Chrysalis House, Inc. has become aware of the possibility that Russia may be considering the ban of all adoptions to the United States. Various organizations within the adoption community, including the National Council For Adoption (read NCFA statement here) and EAC (an agency CHI families have accessed) are working very hard to prevent this possibility.
The Russian Parliament is schedule to vote on the Dima Yakovlev Law this Friday. An amendment included in this Law, could effectively end the ability for American families to adopt from this country.
How can you help?Families may contact their State Representatives, Congressmen/Congresswomen, and Senators (visit: http://www.contactingthecongress.org to find your representatives) and ask them to stop this from happening. You may also address this with the White House and President Obama (visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments).
NCFA has provided the sample below, which CHI has revised. Please further personalize it as Congressional offices especially value hearing the unique voices of their constituents.
Dear President/ Senator/Representative ____________ ________:
I am writing to alert you to an urgent concern regarding adoption. Congress recently passed the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act and President Obama signed into law on December 14, 2012.
In response, Russia is considering legislation this week that is being referred to as the Dima Yakovlev Law, named after a Russian-born child who died in the care of his adoptive parents. I believe it is absolutely important to protect the rights of every child and believe there should be a measured response to the death of any children. However, it is important to note that the Russian born children who have died in the United States are a minority. Many thousands of Russian born children have been adopted and thrived in the love and care of their American families.
What is of most urgent concern is that a recent amendment to this law would also end Intercountry Adoption between Russia and the United States. If intercountry adoption between Russia and the United States were to close, many thousands of children would likely languish in orphanages instead of finding their way to safe, loving, permanent families in the United States.
Now, let me tell you our story, [tell them how adoption has impacted your family, what outcomes may have been if your child could not have been adopted]. If intercountry adoption between Russia and the United States closes, other children like [your child’s name] will not be able to find their way to the many U.S. families willing and waiting to call them their own.
Please request that President Obama contact President Putin of Russia and ask him not to allow this amendment to become part of Russian law. U.S. diplomacy at this time is essential to enriching the lives of many young children – whom are waiting in Russia for a family of their own.
Respectfully, [Your Name]