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Russian adoption ban leaves 300 children in limbo

Monday, August 26, 2013

The Toronto Star has a great article about how Russia's orphans are caught in a tragic limbo while President Putin plays politics.

From the article: 

“We believe there is political motivation to get these children out for adoption quickly,” says Kathleen Strottman, who heads the advocacy group Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute in Washington. “The best interests of the child are being ignored.”

New Republic: The Families Vladimir Putin Doesn't Want to Exist

Monday, July 22, 2013

The New Republic has an excellent article up on the families in the United States that have adopted Russian orphans.  The story is available here.

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann on Russian Orphans

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has a great op-ed available on CNN.com this week.  The article is available here. She explains the plight of Russia's orphans, and she writes:

"...[E]ven more crushing is the lack of security, connection and deep emotional bonds that can grow only within a family. Children who grow up in orphanages tell stories of never having heard the words "I love you" and never receiving a single spontaneous hug throughout their childhood. A government can pay someone to wash and feed children, but it cannot pay someone to love them."

She's right, of course, and C.O.A.T.S. International works to help the children who remain in orphanages and are unable to be adopted, and also works on keeping Russian families together.  Some of our most important work is to help young mothers with babies by providing material aid so they can keep their children. 

Russia's New Chapter in Corporate Philanthropy

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Russian Capitalist has a new article up on the emerging culture of corporate philosophy in Russia.  The article highlights the work of companies that are beginning to see the value of investing in social welfare, including helping at-risk children and orphans.  As Russia continues to combat "social orphanhood" (child abandonment), the efforts of these companies will be increasingly important.  

Russian orphans win awards for films

Sunday, June 30, 2013

According to the Moscow Times, 40 orphans in Russia in the Moscow region participated in a film-making competition.  The contest provided an opportunity for the orphans to show the world a bit about their lives.    


The plight of Russia's orphans

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Russia Today has a disturbing story out about the systemic abuse that exists in Russian orphanages.  The story highlights why orphanage reform is so necessary in Russia today.

Washington Post on Russia's Orphans

Friday, May 03, 2013

The Washington Post today describes the situation facing Russia's orphans today now that American adoptions have been officially banned.