President Putin Signs the Bilateral Adoption Agreement into Law
July 31, 2012
On July 28, 2012, President Putin signed into law the bilateral adoption agreement, which was signed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on July 13, 2011. The Russian Duma approved the Agreement on July 10, 2012, and the Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian Parliament, approved the Agreement on July 18, 2012.
The United States and Russia will now work as expeditiously as possible to establish procedures to implement the Agreement. Following the establishment of these procedures, the Agreement will enter into force upon the exchange of diplomatic notes from the U.S. and Russian governments. The exchange of notes will take place only after both sides have completed internal procedures necessary for entry into force.
The Agreement will provide additional safeguards to better protect the welfare and interests of children and all parties involved in intercountry adoptions. To find out more about the agreement, please visit the U.S. Department of State’s FAQs and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) FAQs on the agreement and its implementation. Please also monitor adoption.state.gov and uscis.gov for updated information as it becomes available.