light-skinned-black-womanQ: I am bi-racial (black/white) and I was wondering if you had heard of anyone having trouble adopting from any Asian or Soviet block countries due to discrimination?

A: I know of families of color adopting from China, but have not heard of a black or biracial person or couple successfully adopting from Russia.  The judges in Russia have quite a bit of leeway in approving adoptive families. I’ve checked with a few agencies that have told me that they doubt a Russian judge would approve such an adoption. There is not, however, an official prohibition, but before you proceed with adopting from Russia, make sure to question the agency about whether they have successfully completed an adoption where the adoptive mom is black or bi-racial.


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