Russian courts to check authenticity of documents on foreigners completing courses for adoptive parents

Upon the decision of the Russian Supreme Court, Russian courts will be authorized to check the certificates of foreigners on completing a training course for adoptive parents, Russian presidential children's rights commissioner Pavel Astakhov told Interfax.

Upon the decision of the Russian Supreme Court, Russian courts will be authorized to check the certificates of foreigners on completing a training course for adoptive parents, Russian presidential children's rights commissioner Pavel Astakhov told Interfax.

"Foreigners should not just provide a relevant document on completing the courses but also confirm its authenticity. If the Russian court has doubts, it has the right to make a request and verify this information," Astakhov told Interfax on Tuesday.

According to Russian law, Russian citizens intending to become adoptive parents must complete a special course over 80 hours long, Astakhov said.

"It would be wrong if Russia, where domestic adoption is a definite priority, would not demand that foreigners comply with this standard," Astakhov said. The court not only can, but must check the authenticity of documents verifying the completion of the course for adoptive parents, he said.

Thus, the Supreme Court plenary meeting has brought the procedure of foreign adoption up to Russian standards, the commissioner said.

The Supreme Court ruled that foreign citizens, who want to adopt Russian children, must have special training and that courts should verify whether it has been completed to the extent required.

According to the resolution of the Russian Supreme Court meeting passed on Tuesday, "in the case of foreign citizens, citizens without citizenship or Russian citizens permanently living outside Russia submitting documents on the completion of training for adoptive parent candidates in the country of their residence, the court should in particular verify whether this training was carried out by an organization authorized to perform such training and to issue the relevant document."

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