MOSCOW — Some of the Russian children caught in limbo by their country’s ban on adoptions by Americans have left for the United States with their new parents, the US Embassy in Moscow said Wednesday.
The confirmation from press attaché Joseph Kruzich was the first official word that any of the 46 children had been allowed to leave Russia. Kruzich did not say how many of the children had already left, but it was clear that all of those adoptions could now go forward, bringing huge relief to the children’s would-be parents in America.
The ban on adoptions by Americans was rushed through Russia’s Parliament and signed by President Vladimir Putin in December in retaliation for a US law that sanctions Russians said to have violated human rights.
But the hasty enactment left many questions unresolved, including the fates of the 46 children whose adoptions had already been approved by Russian courts. The court approval of the adoptions had to be followed by a 30-day waiting period, which wasn’t over before the ban went into effect Jan. 1, leaving the children in legal limbo.
Many of the adoptive parents came to Russia last week hoping to take home children with whom they had already bonded during two or more previous trips to Russia as part of the lengthy adoption process. But some of the Americans were left hanging when officials refused to turn over the children.