Russia ratifies adoption treaty with France
MOSCOW, July 30 - RAPSI. President Vladimir Putin has signed a law on the ratification of a treaty on cooperation with France in adoption, whereby a Russian-born child may only be adopted by a foreign family if adoptive parents cannot be found in Russia. The law was published and came into force on Monday.
The treaty itself was signed in Moscow on November 18, 2011.It set out the procedure of adoption, the control over the child's resettlement and the possible return of the child to his or her home country. It stipulates that adoption is permitted only with the mediation of an authorized organization, unless the child is adopted by relatives.
On the Russian side, the authorized intermediary is the Ministry of Education and Science, on the French side - the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.
The adopted child will be granted the citizenship of the adopting state once the adoption decision comes into force, although the original citizenship is still maintained.
Many experts have called this treaty one of the best of its kind in the world.