It’s been a month since I last wrote with the heartbreaking news that a law was passed banning Russian adoptions by U.S. citizens. I’m sure many of you are wondering what is happening and what is the latest news.
Unfortunately, not much has changed within this month. We have definitely been staying as updated as we can, keeping in touch with our agency and also the American government, who regularly send us e-mails with all the developing news.
Russia and America signed a bilateral agreement in 2012.
“The Department of State and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) are pleased to announce that theAgreement between the United States of America and the Russian Federation Regarding Cooperation in Adoption of Children will enter into force on November 1, 2012, following an exchange of diplomatic notes between the U.S. and Russian governments.
The Department of State and USCIS work to promote a safe, ethical, and transparent adoption process for prospective adoptive parents, birth families, and children involved in intercountry adoptions.”
In that agreement, it stated that the agreement remains valid for a year from the time one party notifies that party. A spokesman for Russian President Putin, stated that the agreement would remain valid until January 2014.
Here is an excerpt from a letter that we received from the National Council For Adoption:
“On January 22, 2013, The Russian Supreme Court ruled that families who had been issued court approval to adopt before January 1, 2013 would be able to bring their children home to the United States. This includes families who are currently in their 30 day waiting period after court approval. This is helpful news for the approximately 52 families who are past court approval. The many hundreds more families and children who are at earlier stages in the adoption process are not addressed by this ruling. The United States State Department has stated that they “continue[s] to urge the Russian government to allow U.S. families already in the process of adopting a child from Russia to complete their adoptions so that these children may join permanent, loving families.”
What does this mean to us? We don’t know. We do know that, as of today, our adoption has been banned. Some families who have already been through court are bringing their children home. Even though they have been granted approval from the Russian government to become parents to those children, many of them are still going through many difficulties and obstacles to bring the children home.
For us, the expectations are very grim. We had our paperwork in Russia, but hadn’t received a referral or made any trips to Russia yet. According to the Russian government, our adoption cannot be completed. The American government continues to urge the Russian government to allow all the families that started the adoption process to be allowed to complete their adoptions.
Meanwhile, we wait. We pray. We cling to God. For some reason He has led us through many different “events” in our short marriage. Our story continues.
Is it God’s will for Russian adoptions to be banned?
With all my heart, I know this is not true. Did we mishear what God said when He gave us the desire to adopt children from Russia?
When disappointments come our way, we start to question God’s voice, His will and even His goodness.
Unfortunately, we live in an imperfect world, full of sorrow, heartache and pain. Evil has a place in our society and laws are passed that God isn’t happy with. Can He stop it? Sure He can!
Since we live in a world where there is sin and evil humans make wrong and hurtful decisions. Humans are not robots and God allows the consequences of wrong decisions to have come into effect and they hurt innocent people. There are so many examples of different situations in our world where God allowed bad things to happen. Think of Stalin and Hitler. Think of abortions, war, and murder. God is absolutely horrified and opposed to all of it.
We know that God will be beside us in these dark and difficult days. He is always faithful, always, ALWAYS faithful. If we will not be allowed to complete out Russian adoption, we will continue with other options. This will not stop our journey. We won’t give up. No matter what the future holds, we know that God will be beside us.
This is what I tell myself all the time: