Adoption Agencies and Information for Russia
Our Agency, Adoption Services, Inc. can help you with a domestic adoption, but we are no longer doing international adoptions due to problems that can occur in any international adoption. We are a fully licensed non-profit adoption agency that helps birth parents and families living in any state in the U.S. and we can also help U.S. citizens living in any foreign country. Since our founding in 1985, we have worked with thousands of birth parents and adopting families from all over the world and our overall satisfaction rating is excellent. We are committed to putting your needs first and to helping you in every way possible. Feel free to contact us or call (toll-free 1(800)943-0400) if you have any questions or if you want our guidance or help. All calls are confidential and there is never any obligation or cost to you for our help.
Regarding adoptions from this foreign country:
Russia continues to be one of the top countries that U.S. persons prefer for the adoption process. In 2006 there were approximately 3,700 children adopted from Russia with approximately 50% of them being female and 20% under 1 year of age. Two groups of children are typically available: babies relinquished at the hospital at birth to orphanages, and older children who are removed from their families because of neglect. Sibling groups are available. Two trips to Russia are required to adopt from most regions. Americans adopting in Russia must work either directly with U.S. adoption agencies accredited by the Ministry of Education in Russia or with local adoption agencies that in turn works with an agency accredited by Russia.
The Russian government office responsible for intercountry adoptions is the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.
Ministry of Education and Science
#11 Tverskaya Street
Moscow, Russia 125993 GSP 3
RUSSIA EMBASSY AND CONSULATES IN THE UNITED STATES:
Embassy of the Russian Federation
2650 Wisconsin Avenue, N. W.
Washington, D.C. 20007
There are literally hundreds of U.S. based adoption agencies that help families adopt from Russia. These adoption agencies conduct anywhere from a few placements to several hundred placements every year. But bigger is not always better. The most important factors for an adopting family to consider are not how many children the adoption agencies place, but are they a fully licensed agency, are they non-profit, and do they deliver the kind of individual attention you deserve and may desire. Below I have listed a few adoption agencies to help you get started. With the exception of the agency I direct, Adoption Services, Inc., the adoption agencies below were selected in a rather random fashion from the list of adoption agencies who are members of the JCICS. While I would love to have you call and work with Adoption Services Russia Adoption Program, I suggest you not only call us but several other adoption agencies as well. Make the calls, ask your questions, see if you are getting the type of attention you deserve, and then make your selection.
For more information about adoption from this country and about adoption agencies that can assist you, please visit the websites below. Prospective adoptive parents are advised to fully research any of the adoption agencies they plan to use for adoption services.
Russia: Additional Adoption Agencies and Contact Information
Adoption Services, Inc.
World Child International
Wide Horizons For Children, Inc.
Wyoming Children's Society
The U.S. Department of State: Russia Adoption and Adoption Agencies
U.S.Embassy: International Adoption - Russia
The U.S. Department of State: Authentications Office
Child Citizenship Act of 2000
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
U.S. Foreign travel registration
The Joint Council for International Children’s Services (JCICS) is one of the oldest and largest membership associations of licensed non-profit international adoption agencies. All of the above adoption agencies are listed as members of JCICS.