The landscape of international adoption is seeing some drastic changes. No longer will U.S. citizens be allowed to adopt from Russia. How many children will this actually affect? According to the 2010 – 2011 statistics, almost 1,000 Russian orphans are adopted by U.S. citizens every year. That makes Russia the third most popular country to adopt from for U.S. citizens and comprises 20% of the top three countries.
During the same time period, Alabama and Georgia adopted close to 500 children internationally. If only 10% of these children where from Russian, that means that 50 former Russian orphans now have a loving stable home. It also means that for 2013 there might be 50 more Russian orphans without a loving stable family.
It seems that some things however have not changed. The inertia of evil is always to use the orphan for its own ends: to kill the orphan, steal from the orphan, and destroy the orphan. Evil can wear the suit of capitalism or the uniform of communism. Giving these children a future and a hope will require ordinary people in suits and uniforms to stand up and call one these orphans their own.