Putin Bans American Families from Adopting Russian Orphans

(UPDATED) Russia announces one-year delay before controversial adoption ban will take effect.

Update (Jan. 18): The New York Times is reporting that Russia's controversial ban on U.S. adoptions of Russian orphans will not go into effect for another year. Due to a bilateral adoption agreement signed between the U.S. and Russia in 2011, which requires either country to give 12 months notice before withdrawing, the new law signed by Putin in December will receive temporary reprieve.

But the announcement of the adoption ban's delay was not enough to stop more than 20,000 protesters from marching through Moscow last weekend, questioning the "morality of a ban on adoptions by Americans in a country where so many children are in foster care or orphanages."

That could be good news for the 50 or so U.S. families whose adoptions are in the process of being finalized, but the exact effect of the delay is not yet clear.

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Update (January 11): USA Today has fresh stats on America's "critical adoption shortage," while the Russian Orthodox Church has urged its members ...

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