I got the following e-mail from my adoption agency just a few hours ago:
Adoption ARK, Inc.
830 Buffalo Grove Road
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
February 4, 2013
*** ****** **
*******, Maine *****
Dear **** Family,
On January 1, 2013, the Russian government put into effect a law that prohibits the adoption of Russian children by US citizens. This ban is a result of the Magnitsky Act, a bill passed by the US Congress as a response to what Congressional leaders felt were human rights violations in Russia.
The passage of law by both the US and Russia is heartbreaking for the families who were in the process of adopting from Russia and, especially, the children who will remain in orphanages across the country, unable to grow up in the loving arms of a family.
As Adoption ARK’s largest program, Russia was over half of the agency’s annual income. The Board of Directors and agency management, after carefully reviewing all of our programs, projected income and expenses, and trends in intercountry adoption, made the difficult decision to close the agency.
Adoption ARK is working with agencies both in and outside of Illinois to take on its clients. The first clients to be transferred will be those with referrals and those traveling soon. We will send notification later this week, via e-mail, to all families currently in process, providing notification of the agency which has expressed willingness to work with families to move their cases forward. Adoption ARK staff will work with the new agencies to make the transition as smooth as possible. In order for this process to proceed as smoothly and efficiently as possible, please review the contact information on file at Adoption ARK and reply to this email:
(Information deleted for privacy reasons)
If this email is correct, please respond to this email informing us that this is the correct information.
If this information is incorrect, please respond to this email with the correct contact information.
Adoption ARK has helped nearly 1,000 children find homes with loving families, since 2003. As an organization, we had sincerely hoped to be able to continue uniting children with parents who would love and cherish them. Adoption ARK’s staff members thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.
Should you have any questions, you may direct them to **********@adoptionark.org. Please indicate in your e-mail if you would like an appointment time to speak to a staff member and the best number to reach you.
The Team at Adoption ARK
I am devestated, frightened, crying, shaking…you name it. Didn’t see this coming at all. I don’t now anything anymore. The only thing I know right now is that I will continue to persue adopting from Bulgaria.