Federation Council backs ban on adoptions of Russian children by same-sex couples

The Federation Council has approved a law banning the adoption of Russian children by same-sex couples and unmarried foreigners from countries where such marriages are legal.

The purpose of the document is to develop the institution of internal adoption in Russia. It envisions a number of measures making adoption easier for Russian citizens.

In accordance with the document, court rulings on adoption take effect in ten days following the day on which the ruling was issued (according to the previous regulations, it was thirty days), and the document also simplified the procedures governing the provision of reports by adoptive parents and the decisions that they can adopt children.

The list of illnesses preventing people from becoming adoptive or foster parents has been reduced. The list of additional rights of orphans and children left without parental care has been expanded (it now includes the provision of free high-tech medical assistance and treatment abroad with public money).

The document also proposes to increase the one-time payment to adoptive parents adopting children with disabilities, children older than seven, and also brothers and sisters to 100,000 rubles for every such child (this payment is currently 13,087 rubles).

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