Silver lining in flopped Moscow adoption?

Several Russian families are now stepping forward to adopt the seven-year-old who was recently shipped back to Russia by his newly adoptive mother.

A possible upside to the whole tragedy is that it might move more Russian families to adopt children in domestic orphanages.

Russia is home to more than 1 million orphans.

According to the same article, more than a dozen Russian children have been killed by their adoptive families since 1996 — and each time it causes an outrage. This is a bit ridiculous. A dozen? How is that possible?

Still, the silver lining of this latest botched adoption is the fact that maybe Russian families will be outraged enough to increase the number of domestic adoptions in the country.

Russian officials would do well to ease sanctions on domestic adoptions in a time like this rather than simply tightening up cross-country adoptions.


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