Petition drive urges Russia not to halt adoptions

NEW YORK - (AP) Worried over a threatened freeze of adoptions from Russia, thousands of American adoption advocates are petitioning leaders of the two nations to prevent such a step even as they decry a Tennessee woman returning her adopted son to Russia. Poignant pleas from would-be adoptive parents...

Russia suspends all adoptions to US families

MOSCOW - (AP) Russia has suspended all adoptions to U.S. families until the two countries can agree on procedures, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday a week after an American woman sent her 7-year-old adopted son back to Russia on a plane by himself. The boy's return without supervision or explanation...

Russia: US adoptions freeze to last for weeks

MOSCOW - (APINTL) All Russian adoptions to the United States will remain suspended until a new agreement is negotiated, which could take up to two months, the Kremlin's children's rights ombudsman said Monday. Russia froze U.S. adoptions last week after a boy was put on a plane back to Russia...

Guatemala orders DNA tests prior to all adoptions

GUATEMALA CITY - (APINTL) Guatemalan authorities said Monday they will require DNA tests for all babies offered for adoption following allegations of child theft that led the government to impose a two-year freeze on international adoptions. The National Adoptions Council said the new rule will apply...