153 Adopted Russian Kids

Adopted Russian Kids

Posted on December 19, 2007 by


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These photos don't need comments. These are photos of Russian kids adopted from "children's home" the worst place for a kid to be. They get there a budget of $100/mo for each kid, they don't have toys they don't have love of parents it's sad and that's great that there are people even in Russia who can adopt and save kids.

All the photos are in "Before and After" manner, you can easily tell where is the "before" photo.


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153 Responses to “Adopted Russian Kids”

  1. Visitor says:

    For this post, how about if we all follow the old maxim, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all”? I only wish more kids, in every country, had someone to help them experience similar transformations.

    • TerryH says:

      Amen to that.

      My wife and I adopted a 2 year from Rostov-on-Don in April of this year. It’s amazing what a difference these fews month have made in him. Personally I think they get more from love than they do from nutrition.

  2. a says:

    i am just wondering, where did the photos came from?

    I mean just posting it online like this, what if some kids dont know they were adopted and they will see that photos?

  3. talking beaver says:

    first!

  4. talking beaver says:

    LATVIA 4 EVER!!!

  5. Marcos says:

    I go to Gatchina (near St Pete) every year to work with orphans. You wouldn’t believe how many shady characters there are who take advantage of kids there. It’s *far* easier to get away with it there than here in the US. Next time try to speak about something you know about.

  6. igor says:

    very touching, almost have tears… plz no bad comments on this one

  7. Uhmerika says:

    This is a beautiful post. any more information on this childrens home? in russian or english? is that actually its name?

  8. chococat says:

    Really enlightening to see the look of neglect on their little faces contrasted with pure joy. Little survivors. All kids in the world should have the human right of love and a chance to advance in life.

  9. Jim Poindexter says:

    Some of those girls are very cute. Where can I buy?

  10. Tracy says:

    No kidding – my husband and I just returned home yesterday from a Russian adoption of our 6 year old son. He is a joy and we love him to bits already.
    Russia is pushing for foster care and for their own people to adopt but it is so looked down on still.
    There are 700,000 orphans in Russia – 75% of those who are not adopted do not live to the age of 25.
    It is nothing against Russia – every country has children who need parents.

    • Jennifer says:

      I have also read that according to the World Health Organization, Russian men have the third highest suicide rate in the world, behind only Lithuania and Belarus. 2004’s statistics have it as 61.6 suicides per 100,000 for Russia, and Lithuania and Belarus have 68.1 (2005) and 63.3 (2003), respectively. The women’s numbers are pretty high, too.

      <a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_suicide_rate

  11. Ugly American says:

    Good parents are silent Heros.

    It’s critical for kids to get nutrition so they grow up healthy and love so they don’t grow up like Bush.

    re: hater – The kid touching seems to be a Catholic problem in every country. The American problem is kid neglect. Both parents work and our kids are raised by the TV propaganda system.

    Maybe englishrussia.com could organize some kind of internet toy drive for the kids over there. Several tech websites do it every year with good results. Many people don’t give to big ‘charities’ like the United Way or churches because we all know the suits keep most of the money and very little reaches the kids.

    • Adri says:

      Yes it’s true. Not many say anything but it’s the whole reason kids grow up to hate their parents. Anytime a parent pops in to tell them something to do , its like hearing orders from a stranger!

  12. AeroSquid says:

    Hey Tracy was it hard? i would like to hear more about your experience and any pointers you might have. aerosquidatgmail.com if you think you can offer any advice.

  13. Donna says:

    Beautiful Russian babies!!!

    And please spare me any superiority about Americans vs. Russians here. AND TELL ME WHY AMERICANS REFUSE TO ADOPT THEIR OWN AMERICAN BABIES in favor of Chinese, Korean, Ethiopian and yes, Russian babies.

    • Texas1 says:

      Actually, there is a loooooooooong waiting list of people wanting to adopt.

    • Jens says:

      because americans have poor genes

      • Aaron says:

        America is full of Russians, Europeans, Africans, Asians, South Americans, etc…

        America is a nation full of immigrants. It is founded on immigration.

        Yet you say that Americans have poor genes? I guess the ENTIRE WORLD has poor genes then. Especially you.

    • karen says:

      America does not have as many babies to adopt because hundreds of thousands of unwanted babies a year are being murdered, ie aborted.

  14. Regarding people not adopting from their own countries (like america per se)

    They generally have higher expectations of the childcare that is given to those children in need of adoption and fostering. It can be seen as if the children in the other countries are worse off than children in their own, so technically they are giving the children from other countries a much better life than just a slightly better life for those who are the same nationality.

    Of course, not everyone thinks like this. but I’ll admit I used to. It seemed that the kids in my country (England) are in much better hands via our social services, and that adopting from abroad would be better.

    There is no right or wrong to this though.

    We plan to adopt eventually (once my boys are a wee bit older), and foster before that. Those pictures above are inspirational, and very heart warming.

    Sorry for rambling!

  15. Visitor says:

    I have several friends who adopted babies/kids from outside the USA. The reason? All of them are successful people, with no criminal records, solid financially, well-known and rooted in their communities, church members, etc., yet they have to basically beg some less-than-brilliant bureaucrat for the chance to adopt an American kid, and the approval/vetting process takes “forever.” The irony is that the bureaucrats in question almost never have to submit to a similar vetting process before they are given a great deal of power over people’s lives.

    In addition to taking so much time, there are often false starts (“you will get this kid, oops–you won’t get this kid), which takes an even greater emotional toll on people who are trying to do something good.

    Couples also feel less threatened by biological parents an ocean away than by someone who may be in the same city, and who may change his/her mind later and want their kid back.

    • Visitor says:

      This was supposed to be in reply to Donna’s question.

    • pete says:

      “Couples also feel less threatened by biological parents an ocean away than by someone who may be in the same city, and who may change his/her mind later and want their kid back.”

      Meaning they have no legal recourse or ability to get their children back.

      So, in order to avoid US laws they adopt overseas. Their hope being the mother will be so improvised, ignorant, or geographically isolated they will not be able to assert her parental rights.

      Just look at the case of the Dutch diplomat. After seven years he decided the kid wasn’t fitting in and dropped the South Korean child raised as Dutch he in Chinese Hong Kong. Being an adoptive parent doesn’t make you noble or good. Some are. Most aren’t.

      There are many many kids in the US waiting for adoption. They just have the unfortunate handicap of not being blond with blue eyes.

      • Amber says:

        Pete, you obviously have no clue what you are talking about. I was a foster child for many years, and the fact is that while there are “many many kids in the US waiting for adoption,” most of them are NOT actually AVAILABLE for adoption.

        My biological parents were convicted child abusers, my father a convicted murderer as well (he had “done his time” and was paroled before I was born), and even though I had been in foster care for many years and my parents had moved to another state (and had no interest in me whatsoever), the Department of Children’s Services (DCS) REFUSED to terminate my parents’ rights so that I could be adopted by a family who truly wanted to and was approved to adopt me. It was because there is a law in the state where I was that said that my parents had to pay child support because of the circumstances, and DCS had payments automatically coming out of their paychecks. During all of my time in foster care, and the hundreds of other foster kids who were in “foster to adopt” homes just like I was, not a single one was adopted because the DCS would not terminate rights for various reasons.

        I was one of the lucky ones – I am what they call “resilient.” I decided that I wanted to make a life for myself, so I put myself through college and I’m doing rather well.

        Now I work with foster children in a mentoring program in a completely different area of the same state, and it’s the same story – they rarely terminate parental rights, even on children who haven’t even seen or heard from their parents in 5 or more years! It’s the most ridiculous thing you have ever seen! I have friends (my son’s godparents) who are trying to adopt a little boy that has been in their home as a foster child since he was born because his biological mother is a junkie. She’s still a junkie, he’s now 10 YEARS OLD, and they finally terminated her rights 2 weeks ago. Can you tell me why it takes 10 years to terminate the rights of a junkie who has only seen her son 3 times in his entire life, and the last time was 9 years before?

        I see these same issues over and over in my work with these children. I live on the border of two states, and I work with children in both states – both have very different laws but the same situation. I have friends in various other states in the same situations with their foster children.

        You stated that people who adopt from overseas do so because the biological parents “have no legal recourse or ability to get their children back.” That really makes no difference. Having adopted our son from Russia as well as helped many other people adopt from Russia, I can tell you that most of the children who are available for adoption in Russia are orphans or social orphans whose parents rights have been completely terminated long before adoptive parents come along. These biological parents would never have been given the chance to get their children back REGARDLESS of whether an adoptive parent came along or not. That is the law there. These children are not referred to potential adoptive parents unless the parents have already lost their rights in some fashion.

        After talking to people who have adopted from China, Guatemala, and various other countries, the laws are very similar to what I just mentioned.

        I do not know of the Dutch diplomat that you speak of, but I am appalled when you say that “most” adoptive parents are not good based on the one example that you cited. I know hundreds of adoptive parents, and I would call all of them good. There is always at least one monster out there. What you have said is the equivalent of someone outside the US learning about Charles Manson and saying that because of Charles Manson’s actions, they believe that all Americans are evil or bad.

        I find it rather ironic that you closed your flawed argument with stating that the children waiting for adoption in the US were basically discriminated against compared to foreign orphans because the US children had the “unfortunate handicap of not being blond with blue eyes.” I’ve never seen a child with blond hair and blue eyes from China, Vietnam, Korea, Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti, Ethiopia… you can see where I’m going with this. The only countries that I can think of where you can adopt a child fitting that description would be Russia and eastern European countries. Your last sentence proves that you know absolutely nothing about the subject!

        Just so you know, the list of parents waiting to adopt in the US is rather long. Many parents wait 5 years or longer on the US system before turning to international adoption. I personally know of two families who raised children from the time they were babies (one a newborn) until they were grown, all the time being told that the children would be eligible for adoption “soon” but parental rights were NEVER terminated. These families were never able to adopt these children, children that they felt in their heart were theirs.

        There is so much more that I could say, but I have addressed the main fallacies in your post. Pete, if you are going to post in the future, please educate yourself at least a little before doing so.

        • Katja says:

          Go Amber, go Amber! Well done for posting this! I hope all the visitors to this page would take time to read it!

        • Jodi M. says:

          Thank you Amber. You summed up our experience with the frustration of adoption in the US and the desire to turn to international adoption. I have one biological daughter after years of infertility treatments and trying to adopt in the US. After I got pregnant, we decided we still wanted to adopt and chose to go to Russian, the nationality of my husband. We now have two children in their teens, one we adopted as a baby and the other when he was six years old. They are a blessing every day and we are the FAMILY that God intended, the way it came together and the way it continues to grow. I would also like to add that my answer to why I adopted internationally when asked by Americans who think as the man above did, that there are SO MANY US children who need to be adopted is..”Where, I’d love to” We have SO many social services in this country that women keep their babies so that they get welfare and SSI. Our judicial system fails our children allowing bio-parents to maintain rights when they have no interest in the child only the money. It disgusts me. I actually believe that countries that have orphanages are doing it right. First remove the children from bad situations and then allow families to adopt them and give them a future. Unfortunately, politics and money will always take priority over the welfare of the child. Shame on all of us for allowing this to continue for decades and centuries.

  16. Richard S. says:

    Give love a chance! <3

  17. Akash says:

    Am stunned by the innocence that transpires from the babies’ eyes…

    Please stop fighting over: just lay back and look at these babies’ smiles… and let yourself smile too…

    Be positive friends. Take out your own childhood photos and try to remember where you were on that day. And then make some comment.

  18. erin says:

    sweet babies, such a contrast between the before and after. some seem so empty beforehand. rarely does a post here bring tears to my eyes

  19. Ivan Mikhailov says:

    Average family income grow so more people can have such a luxury as a kid so now adoption inside the country become a big trend. There were reports about “children’s homes” closed after all babies were adopted and I hope that thi will continue. In addition, the state now pays equal money to a children’s home or to new parents and I guess it’s more than $100 in many regions so this helps good people to make good decision. E.g., there was a story about children’s home temporarily closed for reconstruction/renovation of buildings and nurses and other workers of the “home” were asked to let kids temporarily live in their families while construction is in progress. When construction was complete, no one kid has returned back — all were adopted by workers’ or someone else’s families so the office was closed without being reopened.

    • Jodi M. says:

      Ivan, the two orphanages that my children came from had workers who were amazing as well. It was clear they loved the children and I too heard stories about how workers often supplement food shortages at the orphanages with food from their own homes. Russia was such a positive experience for us. I am hoping in the next couple of years to bring my teenage children back there to see their homeland.

  20. alice says:

    I do not think the issue is the nationality of care giver — in order to flourish children need love every bit as much as they need food. In an institution love is not easy to come by.

  21. pete says:

    Don’t listen to these people moaning about the US adoption system. I’m going to lay it out for the rest of you.

    A) They only want white kids. That narrows down the selection pool a lot. It leaves kids in foster care their whole lives because they only have the wrong color skin. Any non-white kid is obviously a crack child or ‘troubled’. The demand for white children is so great it brings me two item B

    B) The child protective system in many rural counties in the US is nothing more then a child abduction system. You will find a ton of complaints in the US against them. They quickly rush the children thru the system and the birth parents never get a chance to prevent it. Of course, its only the white kids that get snatched away like this.

    C) Why Russia ? You have white kids and we want them !!!

    Seriously, I’ve known people on both ends of the equation. If the child is fair skinned its a whole different ballgame. People pay thousands just for the right to adopt the ‘right’ kid. That alone should expose their racism. In the US children are legally stolen from their parents and placed into ‘good’ homes. Its very ugly but, nothing people want to talk about. Once the kid is ‘adopted’ they are basically gone forever. There isn’t any recourse.

    • Adopter says:

      WRONG! I’m white, my wife is Hispanic, and we are adopting a black child. We get him next month. We didn’t even consider Russia because the costs are WAY TOO HIGH to adopt from there. We just want a child. Oh, and we’re Americans. We’re not all bad. (sadly just most of us … )

      • Adopter says:

        Whoops, forgot to say, the child we are adopting was abandoned by his parents at 9 weeks old. We are picking him up from Ethiopia. And before you say “you’re just being trendy”, ask yourself, how many people do YOU know that have adopted from there. Yeah, not so trendy, a child is a child and a person is a person. Plus I’m an athiest, I’m not doing this to get into heaven.

  22. D says:

    Sad. Its not the kids fault.

  23. Visitor says:

    “Meaning they have no legal recourse or ability to get their children back.”

    I understand and certainly don’t blame a person who later decides they made a mistake by giving up their kid, and I know some of them do it as a last resort to give the kid a better chance. Still, you can’t blame people who adopt a kid and invest their heart into the kid for wanting to keep him or her, either.

    “will not be able to assert her parental rights.”

    I think you should consider who has the most “parental rights” after an adoption. I understand it’s a complicated, heart-wrenching issue, but I don’t think it’s fair to the adopting parents to make them live with the fear, for years, that a biological parent can change their mind and return, at any time, to rip apart the family that has been built through adoption.

    “Being an adoptive parent doesnt make you noble or good. Some are. Most arent.”

    I’d love to know how you arrived at the determination that “most” adoptive parents arent’ at least “good.” (I also think they are noble, but I’ll leave that one alone). Ask the kids who had the chance to grow up in a home as part of a family, rather than in an orphanage as one of many “wards of the state,” if they think their adopting parents were “good.” Sure there are always some that don’t work out well and possibly have tragic results, but that doesn’t take away from the majority of parents who do the best they can, with a commitment based on love. Would you rather do away with adoption altogether?

    “They just have the unfortunate handicap of not being blond with blue eyes.”

    One of my friends adopted a Russian boy with brown eyes, brown hair, and definite “eastern” facial features. Other friends have a little Chinese girl. How many Chinese have you seen with blue eyes and blonde hair? Not many, and certainly not this kid.

    But, if you have already decided to accuse people who open their hearts, homes, and lives to a kid from another country of being racists or abusive, then my rebuttal here certainly won’t soften that hard spot in your heart.

    Here’s a challenge for you, if you don’t already do it (and I suspect you don’t): Do something good for a kid that you don’t “owe” anything to. Watch the expression on the kid’s face, and see if it starts to thaw that ice-cold rock in your chest that passes for a heart. Then re-evaluate your harsh, blanket criticism of people who adopt.

    Merry Christmas, Scrooge. :)

  24. Visitor says:

    This is in response to “pete.” Apparently I’m screwing something up, or the system is screwed up, because my “reply” feature doesn’t always work lately. Sorry.

  25. John from Kansas says:

    Nothing on earth is better than a childs smile.

  26. AmericanPapa says:

    We have three perfect little Russian angels, adopted last year.

    You ask “Why Russia?” Simply put, it was where “our” children were born. God sent them to Russia, and then He sent us to Russia to get them. I am not usually one to judge our Maker, but this one was BRILLIANT! Every detail, every miracle along the was was clearly planned by the Master. It has been so good for us as parents, for our older biological children, and for the little ones.

    We don’t have any orphanage horror stories. Our orphanage was warm, bright, and filled with workers who truly love their children. They prepared the children well for their new life in America.

    Talk to adoptive families, of all religions. They all have miracle stories to share.

    You won’t see photos of our children here, to protect their privacy. But their transformations were just as impressive. (More so, in my biased eyes.)

    We hope to go back for more. Maybe MANY more.

    • carol r says:

      my husband and I are in the process of adopting from russia. we have not yet finalized an agency, and any help or advice would be welcome. Im so glad you had a wonderful experience. Iam very nervous about being able to get a healhy child
      thankyou,
      carol

      • Ian says:

        Helo my name is Ian I am American who is living in Russia with my wife,she is Russian and works as a family lawyer.I myself have a import buisiness here.
        Originally I am from San Diego,Ca.I retired there after 20 years in the navy.And I met my wife when I was attending Kazan Stae University..
        If you have question,or need help about adoptions in Russia,we can be of help.My wife speaks and writes english,and so there should not be any problems with translations.Please let me know if you need any help. Ian M. Godsoe

  27. Visitor says:

    A somewhat-related story in today’s Der Spiegel:

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,524630,00.html

  28. kubz says:

    thumbs up!

  29. AmericanPapa says:

    One poster above said that Russian authorities are generally opposed to adoptions by foreigners. We did not find that to be the case.

    Everyone we met in Russia, including the judge, prosecutor, Ministry of Education officials, social workers, orphanage workers, translators, facilitators, and just regular Russians were pleased and supportive, and wished us and our new children well. Occasionally, one would say that they wished that we could adopt them and take them to America with us, but most were satisfied with their place in the world. Some did say that they wished that Russians could do more to take care of the children themselves.

    Not once did anyone have a cross word or even a mean look for us because we were Americans or were adopting Russians.

    We really gained an appreciation for Russia and the Russian people.

  30. Cypt says:

    only for last 20 years , lol.

  31. ted says:

    Beautiful. It is good to see the change a little love and attention can make- especially important to the very young.
    It doesn’t matter what color or country- you will always find good and bad in each.

  32. Jennifer says:

    Is there something like “Toys for Tots” and/or “Toys for Teens” in Russia?

    About the kids, they look happy and healthy.

  33. Ivan Mikhailov says:

    There is no countrywide program. Instead, there are many local activities, coordinated mostly by local web-communities.

  34. Pedo Bear says:

    ME LIKE!!!! MOAR!!!!!!!

  35. Demi Moore says:

    first what?

  36. AmericanPapa says:

    Ted:

    You ask how much we paid for our little Russian angels…

    Nothing at all!

    We did take some toys and other things as a voluntary gift to the children that remained in the orphanage, but the orphanage did not ask for a bribe or payment of any sort.

    The local Russian officials did not ask for anything either.

    The Russian court costs were minimal, and paid by our agency.

    We did pay for the services of local facilitators and translators, but their costs were much less than one would expect to pay for similar services here in America.

    We did pay for our own travel expenses and for the travel expenses of the children. That was the single biggest component of the cost.

    We also had to pay for a home study and local clearances that proved we could be expected to be good parents.

    We had an agency here in America with staff in Russia. Their costs were fair. Nobody is getting rich at the agency.

    The costs that did seem out-of line came from the US Government, who required that we pay dearly for our INS clearance and for the children’s visas and citizenship papers.

    Even with all of those expenses, the total cost will be reimbursed over the years in Adoption Tax Credits and Child Tax Credits.

    So, Ted, if The Man Upstairs seems to be leading you toward the adoption of some little Russian angels, don’t let the cost hold you back!

    • Tanya says:

      Are the cost are minimal How about around 45-50000 for both parents to adopt a child from Russia?
      My husband doesn’t want to spend such money even I am a s Russian

  37. Marina says:

    It is breack my hart to see sad children. I wish more children volinatury organisations were present in Russia as they are in other Europian countries. The legislation on NGO’s is certainly not giving these children any protection. Besides, I am sure CIA will find other ways to destablise Putin’s regime. This controversial legislation does more harm then good.

    • Fat Russian Pimp says:

      I hope you right Marina. I like America too! Great country!! Brilliant minds!!!

      • Vegemite says:

        “Besides, I am sure CIA will find other ways to destablise Putin’s regime.”

        Sure they will. A day spent without destabilizing Putin is a day lost. After all, the whole world is plotting against Russia, so someone will think about a new method. Don’t worry.

        • Marina says:

          You are very naive. Do you not think it is in their interest to destabalise the regime of big bad Putin? I am also intersted, we know how many times CIA tried to assassinate Castro, but how many attempts were there for Putin?

          And on simmiler issue, how many more innocent people will be tortured by brutal medieval methods in the Evil that Guantanamo has become?

          There is so much evil in the world that we are closing our eyes to, much of which comes from the only superpower left. And that really doesn’t make me sleep good in night.

          • Jennifer says:

            It’s not a pleasant feeling knowing that those terrorist scumbags in Cuba are still wasting precious oxygen.

          • maxD says:

            The ‘great’ move of Russia [Putin] to supply Iran with nuclear resources [‘ They promised us they would not use it for nuclear bombs!!! is apparently an attempt to keep the situation in the Middle-East unstable, to say the least.

            So, why would Russia do that ?
            Well, simple.

            An unstable situation over there means problems with the oil supply, meaning prices will go up again, which will give Russia a better income, since prices of oil and gas are linked, and GAZPROM is the biggest taxpayer in Russia.

            The potential danger created for the whole world [nuclear resources in the hands of Islamic extremists does not sound good to me] is something to worry about later according to Kremlin.

            All that counts are the short term effects. Meaning, money for Russia. They are playing the American game now but with such recklessness that it is astounding, to say the least.

            • Marina says:

              What you say seems to be logical, but if unstable Middle-East is in Russia interet, then why did Putin so stronglly oppose war in Iraq?

  38. AmericanPapa says:

    There is an official database, with photographs, of Russian orphans who are available for adoption. Children in this database are available for Russian families to adopt, and if they have been there over 6 months, they may be available to join foreign families.

    It is located at:

    http://www.usynovite.ru/db/?do_search

    At the bottom of the page, you will need to select your search criteria. If you don’t read Russian, you may just check boxes at random or have BabelFish or some other service translate the page.

    These children need Mama’s and Papa’s.

  39. talking beaver says:

    That’s a fact.

    Of course, it depends also upon how do you measure what a “greatness” is. ;) In some respects EU is “greater” than USA, like social securities…

    As of Russia, which is totally obsessed by its supposed “greatness”, I do not see anything else than a wanna-be Third Reich. But just a wanna-be (we all would like to be millionaires, wouldn’t we?).

    • Marina says:

      I think Russia is well past its days of “greatness”. The only “greatness” in the world left, is now the US. And it certanlly tries very hard to spread, or inforce, its “greatness” on others. So if I were you, I would be more worried about the “Greatness” of the US, as Russia’s days of “greatness” are very much over.

  40. don juan says:

    FIRST!

  41. sjef says:

    Your vocabulary is very limited. I guess the same goes for your intellect..

  42. Mark says:

    My heart broke when I saw their old pictures.. am so happy to see that the smile came back to their faces once again!

  43. Jennifer says:

    Some other common countries for international adoptions, after China and Russia, are Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and Guatemala. There aren’t very many fair-complected, blond-haired, blue-eyed kids from Guatemala, and it could go either way for Ukrainian and Kazakh kids. I think the reason Russia is popular for adopting children is because there are a lot more kids eligible for adoption there as opposed to here in the States. Very few children in foster care are eligible because their biological parents haven’t signed over their parental rights because they aren’t required to, even in cases of abuse or neglect.

    As for a possible toy drive, what should the requirements be for the toys(new or gently used, unwrapped toy or book?)? Who should they be sent to?

    • Hui Lee says:

      Jennifer can you adopt me i have a big cock

    • jillian says:

      Jennifer is right on. when I looked into adopting from the U.S. foster care system, the average wait for a child under age 6 was almost 2 years. I was young and a fist-time mom, so please don’t chastise me for wanting a child under 6. At the time (2003) we were able to complete an adoption in Russia in about 6 months from the first paperwork to have our children home. Another two years feels like a lifetime when you’ve already been waiting to become a parent for two years.

  44. Jennifer says:

    Uh, no thanks.

  45. John from Kansas says:

    Clearly.

  46. bleh says:

    Photoshopped.

  47. Gabriel says:

    America is not a country, you ignorant

  48. John from Kansas says:

    Dear Admin,
    Please fix the “Reply to this comment” feature.
    Thank you.

  49. Jennifer says:

    What the hell?

    Could you please fix this thing so we can put in hyperlinks?

    Thank you.

  50. MinD says:

    Learn more little boy

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  52. maxD says:

    The war in Iraq made it clear what the after effects of an unstable Middle-East are for Russia. They were unaware of these effects on Russia before that. Economic rise of Russia really took of after the Iraq invasion, right ?

    I guess the previous opposition was because an occupied Iraq would give the NATO another close base to Russia + control over oil.
    The reality proved to be more complicated and less favorable to NATO than expected. Let’s hope that Iran behaves in the future and will not abuse the trust put into them by Russia.

    My fingers are crossed.

  53. maxD says:

    The above comment was in reply to Marina.

    admin please fix this ‘Reply to..’ feature !! Also it takes sometimes a day for a comment to show up on the forum, causing double postings etc… Please try and fix this !!

  54. John from Kansas says:

    Peace on Earth.

  55. Ugly American says:

    What is lasting greatness?

    After 2,000 years, people still remember Archimedes but nobody knows the name of the soldier who killed him.

    In 1,000 years people will still know that Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space and nobody will even remember Bush Jr.

  56. maxD says:

    http://www.murzik.ru/english/index.php?langs=2&secti=!,0“`&aid=0&PHPSESSID=fc65ca6a6e6a0b44bc4182252e2f8ebf

    This is a link to a website where you can volunteer and/or donate to orphanages. Site is both in English and Russian.

  57. fromukrainewithlove says:

    it depends….if in your point of view attacking other countries without reason while the whole world protests (or do you know the “secret” reason of the Iraq war???) , bombing your own people (9/11), keep searching for fake reason to attack other countries (Iran, N-Korea) and execute your own people every 10 days and interrogate people in prisons (guantanamo) while keep criticing other countries for violation of human rights. If thats your point of view for a great country….than USA was/is/will be the greatest country in the world.

    You sick psychopat.

  58. guest from the future says:

    pete said:

    “They only want white kids. That narrows down the selection pool a lot. It leaves kids in foster care their whole lives because they only have the wrong color skin.”

    and:

    “That alone should expose their racism.”

    You know I come to this board to read about Russian culture and what do I find?

    Some whiney, liberal American crybaby blubbering about racism.

    You’re an embarrassment to America and the Russians are laughing at you.

    Parents wanting to adopt a child who is genetically similar to themselves is perfectly normal and they have nothing to apologize for.

    What’s especially loathsome are the American celebrities and wealthy liberals who adopt African children and then parade them around as if they were fashion accessories that prove they’re not racist. Now that’s disgusting.

    White Americans adopting white Russian children is a wonderful thing and it should be encouraged.

  59. Soviet Redneck says:

    Dude, Pedophiles exist everywhere and are not unique to the USA alone. Many of them live in Europe and just as Many reside in the Soviet Union. Even more of them exist in the middle east where such behavior is encouraged.

  60. Ruski says:

    yeah county
    not Country haha

  61. m a grint says:

    ?

    Is it not true that America was made up of people from around the world? The only real Americans are Native Americans. Everyone else is from another country.

    ?

  62. MIke K says:

    I worked with someone that adopted a Russian baby. He flew there and brought her home himself. She was a frail, scared child with a blank stare. When they would feed her, she would hear the spoon clink against the empty baby food jar and immediately begin crying because back in the orphanage, that sound meant it was the end of the meal. Today (eight years later) she is a beautiful, vivacious child, enjoying life with a family that loves her more than anything in the world. I wish I had before and after pictures of her to add to this gallery.

  63. Poulette says:

    Did your mother and father hate and resent you that much that you would think that? I’m truly sorry for you. May you eventually find the peace of Christ.

  64. Mark says:

    Of course, but in New Orleans don’t think that?

  65. TomFromNJ says:

    I used to speak with this Russian girl from Moscow, her name was Natasha (went by Antalia) – There was never any anomosity towards Americans. Why have things changed now?

    I’m American and understand how our government screws up but it’s not the people’s fault. That would be like blaming the Russian people for communism.

    The problem with America now is that everyone is in a heightened state of awareness. Nobody trusts anyone. There is no more child abuse today than there was 50 years ago and no more in USA than in Russia, it’s just that we are more aware of it now.

    The same could be said for Russian woman – Here in the US if someone says they know a Russian girl, many people ask if she’s a stripper or a pole dancer, etc because so many Russian woman here in the states have that profession. Well, I bet many mroe American woman have that profession in the US but, people always say Russians are strippers..

    Oh well..

    I read a fantastic and sad Russian stroy from time to time – you can find it here http://www.kiddofspeeed.com – it’s a journal about Chernobyl..

  66. Mjrealtor says:

    Interesting read, I was actually looking for the site that Russia posts available children on. Not sure were all the anger comes from. Those of us who have adopted from Russia know what goes on and how needy these children are. My daughter was a preemie, unwanted, abandoned at birth. She had a hole in her heart, HepC and CP. She will always have CP but does not have the other. She is Sunshine, Light, Positive, Happy! When I met her at 13 months she could almost roll over, could not sit up, could not use her right side, and did not know she was a person. She was in a “good” orphanage, but with 2 caregivers for 15 special needs children, she was only touched to move her from place to place, diaper, feed with a tablespoon, not allowed to chew or touch her food. Honestly, if us adoptive parents are so bad I’m sure Putin would of put a stop to it by now. He loves giving us his needy that Russia does not have the ability to care for, and we love to have them. As a single mom to an adorable daughter some of your comments are heartless.

    MOM to Katya
    Born April 05
    Adopted August 06

  67. [...] por Englishrussia me he encontrado con éste post que muestra imágenes de niños adoptados de “Children’s home“, al parecer algún tipo de ONG de muy bajo presupuesto en el [...]

  68. Ian says:

    Wonderful what a joy!!
    I am an American who is presently living here in Russia.If you are having problems adopting a child and need legal help in this area,i can help as my wife is a lawyer here in the city of Kazan.Ian Sonofdonald@hotmail.com Thankyou

  69. JohnQ says:

    It’s people like you that make America look bad.

  70. Kristina says:

    hey my name is kristina sullivan i’m 18 years old i come to usa 3 years ago i have the best family in the world that love me so much they adopt me from russia siberia orhan

    and i knwo how much kids needs family

    i love to help all the kids in the world

    i lvoe my mom and dad

    if you have any q just email to me plase

    at kermit1990@gmail.com love you all

  71. Gurtek singh says:

    feeling good for those kids………………
    thank god at last they find what they meant for……………..

  72. Nikhil Mekala says:

    pic no 12 looks like female version of vladimir putin.

  73. hannah says:

    my name is Hannah and i was adopted from Russia when i was 3 years old. i live in the U.S and i have a nice family. my parents told me that i have an older sister who is now 21 and i hope that when i am older i will be able to find her. the bad news is that i never knew what my parents looked like, but sometimes i miss them and my older sister. now it is hard for me because the family that i am living with did not want another child so i am the only child. but i do have a lot of friends who love and i have a great boyfriend.

    • jillian says:

      Hannah, I’m sorry I hope you have some luck finding your Russian family. My two children adopted from Russia are biological siblings, so at least they have that tie to their original family (each other). We have a little information on their birthmother so we may be able to find her and any younger siblings she may have had since then (they were her only children at the time). I’m glad you have a good life, but I sympathize with your having family that you may not get to meet. When I’m down about something I try to count the blessing I do have and when I do that I seem to keep being blessed more and more.

  74. [...] eu acordei muito mau humorada (não menos que ontem), e um post em um site me animou [...]

  75. OHDave says:

    I think America is currently ranked 12th greatest country in the world, not number 1. Let’s not pretend otherwise, k?

    Sweet.

  76. Mattias says:

    To read this is a joke, who the hell cares if your Russian, American, or whatever. Its like reading the diary of a bonuch of 3 yearolds. The fact that some of you even use this subject to argue about it makes me sick!!So sick you should consider yourself lucky that you are behind a monitor!

    Ignorant ppl like you are the cause of thees problems! no one els!

    M
    (father of Ebba and Elina)

  77. Michael - Georgia, USA says:

    I am absolutely addicted to this website. This one choked me up. I have 2 adopted sons. Just prior to adopting my first son 9 years ago, we were poised to jump a plane to Ukraine to visit an orphanage. We had our dossier translated into Russian and had our passports ready when a couple put their unborn son up for adoption 30 miles from our home. We have always wondered “What if”. The pictures of these kids left me fighting back tears. Kids are a blessing wherever they are. Thanks for this website.

  78. slavich says:

    this is propoganda, take 2 pics of a kid one with the kid smiling and the other not smiling- there.

    • jillian says:

      Slavich – you bonehead… this isn’t just one smiling, one unsmiling photo… if you’ve ever been in a Russian orphanage you would realize most of the kids don’t have a clue how to smile or maybe it’s that they have nothing to smile about. My son looked like he had mental health issues or maybe was autistic when I met him at age 2 1/2 probably because he had little human interaction. He now has one of the greatest smiles I’ve ever seen and that is from being loved and being in a family. He also is intelligent, athletic, funny, etc… characteristics that never may have came out in him if he had continued to be institutionalized. I know I sound full of myself, but that’s not it at all, I’m just an average parent. But, it’s human nature, children are happier loved and cared for in a family.

  79. Vitalik says:

    i dont understand people who get all sappy from seeing pictures of kids. would you feel the same way if they were all 50 year old in a mental home? Or if they were all elderly?

    Honestly, you’re either born a deformed child in russia, or you are born to one of the richest couple in your city.. You don’t have a choice where or to who you are born, that is fate. So stop acting like you are a world savior ready to jump on a plane and save all of those children

  80. Jubei says:

    LoL LoL LoL LoL !!! America? =)) Don’t make me laugh! America has no history, no culture, it’s artificially made by Jews in money interest and now they are preparing to destroy it. European Union is the world’s financial leader, Asia comes strong from behind.

    Sorry guys… It’s amazing how most of you are still being blinded by your own mass media… a pity… a pity how generations go ahead and u stay behind sleeping in your own ignorance.

  81. ugigu says:

    Wish all the best and luck to abandoned childern.

  82. Eleanor says:

    Im a 17 year old girl and i was adopted just outside of Moscow aged 5. I was adopted an irish couple who i am now glad to say that they have provided for me so much for me and my twin sister.
    Although from time to time i wonder what my life would be like if i wasnt adopted and brought to Ireland…..

  83. Mr. Tinkles says:

    “America is the greatest COUNTY in the world.”

    HAHAHAHAHAHA Typing FAIL! I lol’d

  84. myself says:

    America is awful? Both my parents were foster kids, and my dad got adopted. One of my best friends was adopted from Russia, and she loves it here.

    I think this is a great post. The kids look so happy afterwards.

  85. GeoRileyO says:

    Thank you for this posting. It is so easy to get discouraged about the world and all the troubles. The smiles on these lovely faces should remind us all that we are all in this together.

  86. leidy says:

    i don’t know but sometimes is thru many people dont care bout kids but when i get a job i’ll adopted kids there are so beautiful i love kids i dont understand how they can leave this criature alone since they born!!!!

  87. Darryl says:

    It’s wonderful to see these children shine.

  88. This is great! Made my day! :)

  89. Tauper says:

    Everytime I see this post it makes me smile.

    I love children. It’s great to see them happy and loved.

  90. Yoron says:

    Kids are our future. It’s good to know that there are people that actually understands that, and care. I agree, no bad words about this subject.

    We’re all the same. No big difference I think, given the same chance.

  91. Seriously, what a superb article! You’ve unquestionably utilized sometime to consider and write this article. I’m seriously happy I had been allowed to read it.

  92. Otni says:

    Respect the children please! You lucky people!!!

  93. Bethany says:

    Right, because pedophiles only exist in America.

    Are all Russians as ignorant and provencal as you are?

  94. Alec says:

    I was one of these children. Long to go back to my people. Love all of these children and those less fortunate. My, this world needs to be cleaned up.

  95. its really very nice and informative posting thanks for sharing this with us…

  96. Jessa says:

    Kids are so cute. Love to hug them. Nice picture, its eye catching kids.

  97. me says:

    kids are sooo cute. pretty eyes.

  98. Irvin says:

    I’m not a big fan of children, i mean since i was a kid not 3 years ago…but this is really sad if they got nothing. I’d actually love to help ‘em out and even take care of them. I’d prefer being in a home rather than some gov. youth home =/
    and i love Russia !

  99. Tatyana says:

    I don’t know why you guys are fighting about this thinks, but my opinion is if someone want to help and have adopted child why not. I originally come from very strong and very stable family. My parents are alive and I have them with me in the US. I am single from Eastern Europe and I come to the USA alone with (green card now US Citizen) work 2 jobs and did adopt child on my own just when I was 25y. Old! Now my son is 21 and joins the ARMY and I am 34y old. I wanted to have a kid, but I was not able to find the right person as a husband to stand next to me and a build a family together so I did it on my own, not cuz I can’t get pregnant or something else, just I chose to adopt and be parent and after 6 months I was a single mom. I didn’t have any lawyers or any help from outside I did everything on my own in Santa Monica Court, California, and I didn’t get any money from the states or some another institution. It is just personal choice (I wanted that way and I did it alone). I still think that I will get married and have my kids as well and will be very soon I promise. It is all about personal choice I think. What makes me mad is that in 21 century ppl growth so arrogant and self fishes and they ignore everything and anyone in an order to be in their favor. I can’t stand that kind of ppl. Or they just have everything and they don’t appreciate it, they give up so easily and complain about anyone and anything

    email azitatania@hotmail.com

  100. Grace says:

    unfortunately, it is very hard to adopt from russia without a child with FAS/FAE, or RAD, or other behavioral/mental issues. Who is the girl 13 from the bottom, 24 from the top? i wish i knew her name and if her parents have an adoption blog, she is gorgeous and looks so healthy!

  101. Andy says:

    Putin’s plan to make them suffer reall bad. All his plans are perfect

  102. Olga says:

    Konechno est’ takoe i mrazi i suki, est’ V Amerike. Vezde my berem risk. U menya znakomie sostoyavshiesya biznessmeni, let use pod 55 vse est’!!! A detey net, tak oni vzyali sestrichek s Moskvi kogda im bylo eshe po 3 godika, prichem vdvoem ne razbivaya ix…Takie xoroshie simpotichnie devochki!! Day im bog zdoroviya i ix amerikanskoy novoy semie..vse u nix vperedi i obrazovanie i starenkie roditeli i nasledstvo im dostanetsya!!! Schastie i zdorovie takim lyudyam i radost’ na starost’!!!!! Bliznyayshkam krupno povezlo!!! I dom i vospitnie, Lyubov’!!!! Oni v etix bleznyashkazhkax dushi ne chayut!!!!

  103. Olga says:

    K sozhaleniyu v Amerike bolshinstvo stremitsya k karierie i k finansovoy nezavisimosti, u raznix lyudey finansovaya nezavisimost imeet raznoe znachenie, potom ” a kak she deti?” Pozdno Vasya pit’ borzhomi kogda pochki opusteli… Seichas zamorazhivanie yiaca i t.d, i t.p…..Ne znayu nashet menya..esli b ya ne mogla imet’ detey..naverno ya b vzyala rebenochka zdorovenkokogo, bez psixologicheskix problem i zdorovo proverila b detya na zdorovie, kto roditeli, pochemu ostavili i t.d. Bez psixologcheskix problem i td

  104. saman says:

    those who adopt children are our today’s world heroes.God bless them all.

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