|Help Save Adoptions from Russia|
Yesterday we informed you of the rumored possibility of Russia banning adoptions to the United States. We have been able to confirm this is indeed a possibility.
EAC has been working with various organizations within the adoption community, including the National Council For Adoption (NCFA - read their press release here), to prevent the banning of adoptions from Russia. The Russian Parliament is schedule to vote on the the Dima Yakovlev Law this Friday. This law was introduced as a direct result of the United States' passing of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act.
Caught in the middle are the children who will be denied the right to a family.How can you help?
We are asking EAC families to contact their State Representatives, Congressmen/Congresswomen, and Senators (visit www.contactingthecongress.org to find your representatives) and ask them to stop this from happening. Want to eliminate the "middle man"? Here is a link to the White House and President Obama. NCFA has provided a sample for you to use. Please personalize it. Congressional offices especially value hearing the unique voices of their constituents. You may cut and past the following text (be sure to personalize the letter at the bold and italicized points):
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 signing into law on December 14, 2012.
In response, Russia's legislature, 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. This law would ban from visiting Russia anyone involved in the case of Dima Yakovlev or other Russian born adopted children who died in the United States. What is of most urgent concern is that a recent amendment to this law would also end Intercountry Adoption between Russian and the United States. I believe it is absolutely important to protect the rights of every child and there should be a measured response to the death of each of these children. We mourn the loss of these Russian-born children with the Russians as they were also dear to us as American children. However, it is important to note that these children are a tiny minority. Many thousands of Russian born children have been adopted and thrived in the love and care of their American families. 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 ask President Obama to 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 save the lives of many young Russians waiting for a family of their own.
The adoption community is a strong, proud and loyal group of families. Let us band together and prevent children from being pawns to political agenda.