State Department Says No Adoption Deal Yet
WASHINGTON (AP- The State Department says there's no deal yet that would allow adoptions of Russian children by Americans to resume.
A Russian representative said earlier today that Russian and U.S. negotiators had agreed to set up licensed adoption agencies, and allow monitors to visit the homes of adopted children as part
of the new accord.
But the State Department says the talks are continuing. A spokesman says, "The parties are making steady progress, but we're not there yet." He said it'll take more time to "work out the
Adoptions in Russia became a highly emotional issue after a Tennessee adoptive mother put her 7-year-old boy on a plane back to Russia unaccompanied by an adult. International outrage
immediately followed, and new adoptions by U.S. parents in Russia virtually stopped.
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