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Struggling with Russian Orphans, Pennsylvania’s Adoption Record, and More: This Week in Adoption
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The Struggles of Parenting Russian Orphans

Time Magazine’s extensive feature “When the Adopted Can’t Adapt” explores the challenges many American families have faced upon adopting older orphans from Russia. Following the Russian adoption crisis in the spring, Time‘s piece focuses on how adoptive parents have coped with issues related to their child’s physical and mental health and development as they work to forge successful “forever families.” [Source: Time Magazine]

Pennsylvania Sets Record for Permanent Home Placement

The commonwealth of Pennsylvania has set a record for the number of adoptive and foster children permanently placed in homes—with 2,175 in 2009. This new high marks an increase of 121 adoptions from the previous year. Pennsylvanians have even more to be proud of, with recognition for programs for children “aging out” of foster care, leading a national initiative to safely decrease the number of children in non-permanent care. Congrats, PA families! [Source: PR Newswire]

State Department Releases New Notice on Russian Adoption

Following recent negotiations over a new adoption accord with the Russian government, the U.S. Department of State posted a new Russian adoption notice to update families seeking to adopt a child from Russia. While alerting families that negotiations have yet to result in a new accord, the State Department offers tips and contact information for those at various stages in the process of adopting. The government has also set up a special e-mail account ( for questions and concerns about Russian adoption. [Source: U.S. Department of State]

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