Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Russian Adoption Ban

Recent legislation has been passed by Russian President Putin banning Americans from adopting Russian children.  "Of a total of more than 600,000 children classified as being 'without parental care' (most of them live with other relatives and fosters), as many as one-third reside in institutions."[58] 

 Kate Brooks began working as a freelance photojournalist in Russia at the age of 20 while still a Russian studies student. Her photographs documenting child abuse in state orphanages were published worldwide through Human Rights Watch and used to campaign for orphans’ rights.  

The overview she offers on her website: In Russia orphans with mental and physical disabilities or learning disorders are classified into one of three categories: debil, imbecile or idiot. Those labelled as imbeciles and idiots are permanently institutionalized while still toddlers.

Slideshow of Russian Orphans by Kate Brooks

The slideshow reveals that being life as an orphan in Russia is not the same as life as an orphan in the United States.  Please pray for the children and families ban will affect.

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