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Blind Russian Girl Criticizes Adoption Ban

Posted by on Jan. 14, 2013 at 2:01 PM
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A blind Russian high-schooler's impassioned criticism of the ban on adoption by Americans has added a new and compelling voice to the chorus of condemnation of the law.

Since her Jan. 6 blog entry complaining about the ban, written as an open letter to President Vladimir Putin, Natasha Pisarenko has attracted the wide attention of Russian media and, she fears, drawn the disapproving notice of authorities.

The adoption ban, which went into effect Jan. 1, is one of the most controversial moves of the first year of Putin's third term in the Kremlin. It was enacted as part of a bill retaliating for a new U.S. law that calls for sanctions against Russians deemed to be human rights violators.

But critics say it punishes innocent children by denying them a chance of escaping Russia's often-dismal orphanages. Around 20,000 people held a protest march against the measure in Moscow on Sunday that included banners likening Putin to King Herod, whom the Bible says ordered the massacre of Jewish male infants.

Pisarenko wrote sarcastically that by signing the law, Putin was "saving children from American evil" and said that Russians rarely adopt disabled children because the country's medical system is backward and can't take care of them.

"They die because Russia doesn't have modern medicine," she wrote.

Pisarenko, blind from birth, writes that she has painful personal experience with Russia's medical inadequacy. She says that although her father detected her blindness within days of her birth, Russian doctors were unable to diagnose it for months. But, she says, she received precise diagnosis and the hope of treatment from German and American doctors.

"For Russian doctors, I am a child with an illness of unknown etiology ... but in Germany and America I am a patient whose sight the doctors are trying to restore," she wrote.

Concluding her post, Pisarenko called on Putin to adopt five or 10 children with serious congenital disorders.

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted by a local radio station as saying "Of course we will pay attention to such a statement.

"This girl is well known to us, she's known by the regional authorities and by the health ministry," he said.

Pisarenko and her parents have challenged authorities before, according to Russian media, notably when her parents agitated to have her educated at a regular school in her native Rostov-on-Don, rather than sending her away to a school for the blind. She's now in 10th grade, one year short of graduation under the Russian system.

In a later post, she expressed worry that her letter would cause her parents to be called in for questioning by regional authorities.

When The Associated Press on Monday asked her father, Nikolai, if Natasha could be interviewed, he said he had been ordered not to comment to news media, but declined to say who issued the order.

"Probably, I will regret that I wrote what I think," Natasha wrote in her blog on Saturday.




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by Anonymous 1 on Jan. 14, 2013 at 2:06 PM
Not fair we shouldn't ban adoption but at the same time maybe adoptive parents need to look at America's problem with foster are systems and adopt here also it's kind of a catch 22 I think Putin is stupid regardless but whatever we can't do anything about it
mcginnisc
by *Claire-Bear* on Jan. 14, 2013 at 2:10 PM


Quoting Anonymous:

Not fair we shouldn't ban adoption but at the same time maybe adoptive parents need to look at America's problem with foster are systems and adopt here also it's kind of a catch 22 I think Putin is stupid regardless but whatever we can't do anything about it

We are not banning adoption... Putin signed a bill stating that Americans can no longer adopt from Russia. 

Also, there are more children adopted from the US FC system every year than any other adoption process. I fail to see why adoption is always about geography...it really bugs me. It shouldn't matter where a child is from when it comes to adoption. 

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eliptica24
by Silver Member on Jan. 14, 2013 at 2:39 PM

foster care and adoption are very different. most of the foster kids can't be adopted due to legalities with parental rights and blah blah.

this is in russia so i am not surprised.

Quoting Anonymous:

Not fair we shouldn't ban adoption but at the same time maybe adoptive parents need to look at America's problem with foster are systems and adopt here also it's kind of a catch 22 I think Putin is stupid regardless but whatever we can't do anything about it


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by Silver Member on Jan. 14, 2013 at 7:26 PM
http://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2012/10/62992/ministry-of-justice-bans-foreigners-from-adopting-moroccan-children/

This happened in Oct. '12.
Why didn't Americans and Moroccans stomp their feet as loud as with Russia?
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Jan. 15, 2013 at 2:01 AM
Those kids that can be adopted but they may be " too old" or have special needs and us Americans don't want them so they sit in the system for years on end until they can live as an adult don't tell me about American adoption I was a system kid you haven't sat with other kids in group sessions All different ages wondering why an adoptive family meets them and then goes for a baby instead of them we need to fix our system and help the adoptable kids here before going to other countries to help them


Quoting eliptica24:

foster care and adoption are very different. most of the foster kids can't be adopted due to legalities with parental rights and blah blah.

this is in russia so i am not surprised.

Quoting Anonymous:

Not fair we shouldn't ban adoption but at the same time maybe adoptive parents need to look at America's problem with foster are systems and adopt here also it's kind of a catch 22 I think Putin is stupid regardless but whatever we can't do anything about it



Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Jan. 15, 2013 at 2:02 AM
That's what I meant Russia is banning it but it gives America an opportunity to help our own


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Quoting Anonymous:

Not fair we shouldn't ban adoption but at the same time maybe adoptive parents need to look at America's problem with foster are systems and adopt here also it's kind of a catch 22 I think Putin is stupid regardless but whatever we can't do anything about it

We are not banning adoption... Putin signed a bill stating that Americans can no longer adopt from Russia. 

Also, there are more children adopted from the US FC system every year than any other adoption process. I fail to see why adoption is always about geography...it really bugs me. It shouldn't matter where a child is from when it comes to adoption. 


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