Russia Adoption Program

Program Status: CLOSED

 

Due to legislation passed by the Russian Government in December 2012, adoptions of Russian orphans have been halted for all US Citizens as of Jan 1, 2013.   

- Russia is NOT a Hague Program -

Adoptable Children

The children we place from Russia usually range in age from 9 months to 15 years.  Many of the children are Caucasian, yet there are a few of Asian and Eurasian descent.   The children that we place come from orphanages all over Russia; our coordinators work in a number of regions. 

 

 

 

 

 

Eligibility

  • In general, there must be no more than 45 years age difference between the youngest adoptive parent and the child.  Exceptions may be made depending on the age of children and if the child has special needs.  Please contact us for more information regarding this.
Russia currently accepts single women and married couples.  Unfortunately, single men are not allowed to adopt from Russia. 

 

 

 

 

Procedures

The process and procedures for adopting from Russia usually occurs as follows:
  • After KTA receives a completed dossier from parents, we proof the dossier to the best of our abilities and send it to our coordinators.
  • If there are no problems with the paperwork, our coordinators send parents’ dossier to Russia to be translated, proofed, and registered.   Once your dossier is accepted, our coordinators send us your travel date.  This travel date usually occurs 4 to 8 weeks from the date KTA receives parents dossier.
  • Parents travel on their first trip to receive an official referral and visit the child referred to them by the central authority.  At this point, USCIS Approval is not needed for most regions (not all).  The first trip varies in length, as it depends on the region parents travel to.  Usually, it is 7-10 days long and both parents are required to go.
  • If the parents accept the referral, they return home to do more paperwork and wait for an appointed court date.  The court date usually occurs 4-12 weeks after the first trip.
  • A court date is scheduled and parents travel on their second trip for court. Both parents are required to be at court, and one may return after court.  USCIS Approval is needed for this trip.  This trip is typically 7-10 days. Your court date is usually the 2nd or 3rd day of this trip.  Ten business days after your court date, the adoption becomes final.  If you stay and wait during this time, this trip becomes a 3 week trip.  Most families opt to go home and come back for their child, however.  This makes 3 trips. Some regions require 4 trips to Russia.
  • After the adoption is finalized and all the paperwork done, parents travel home with their child.
  • Parents must register their child with the Russian Embassy.
  • Parents must submit Post Adoption Reports, as required by Russian law at the time of their adoption.
NOTE:  The estimated time it takes to complete a Russian adoption is 6 to 12 months, depending on a variety of factors.Russian Country Info