Rossiiskaya Gazeta has published President Vladimir Putin\'s decree instructing the government to develop a number of bills to increase financial support for adoptive parents in Russia in its Saturday issue, which is posted on its website.
In particular, the president instructed the Cabinet to submit a bill to the State Duma by March 1, 2013 under which parents adopting a parentless child, including a disabled one, and also those adopting the second and next children would be entitled to tax benefits.
Starting January 1, 2013, the monthly social allowance for disabled children will be increased to 8,704 rubles, and the lump-sum allowance for adoptive families will also be increased.
The government has also been given time until February 15, 2013 to create mechanisms of support for Russian citizens planning to adopt or take custody of orphaned children or children who are not in parental custody.
The government is also supposed to simplify the adoption formalities and introduce post-adoption government support measures. The decree says, in particular, that the housing standards that a potential adoptive parent should comply with would be relaxed, the list of the necessary documents cut and their validity increased, and the volume of reports to be submitted by adoptive parents and foster parents reduced.
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