Russia is ready to help the U.S. with adoptive parents training following the scandal involving ads posted on U.S. social networking sites by U.S. adoptive parents who were willing to get rid of their adopted children, Russian children's rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov said.
"We want to help, and we have our own experience. Adoptive parents' schools have been created everywhere on the orders of the president and the [Russian] government, and therefore adoptive families support services, which the U.S. doesn't have because every U.S. state resolves this issue in its own way," Astakhov told a press conference on Wednesday.
Astakhov said he believes situations when people fail to approach the upbringing of adopted children responsibly and the children end up changing families after brief correspondence on social networking sites is a systemic problem.
"I am far from accusing America for one simple reason. Communication on a social networking site is a field to which the jurisdiction of states does not apply. When we discuss that with our U.S. colleagues, they said they do not know which state a specific user is from," Astakhov said.
Last week, the U.S. media published the results of a journalistic investigation into the fate of orphans adopted in the U.S. According to the journalists' information, some adopted parents who have decided to get rid of their "difficult" adopted children post ads on social networking sites. As a result, the orphans, including children from Russia, change several families, and the process is frequently accompanied by major violations of the law.
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