As the fiscal cliff was narrowly averted in 2013, the United States
faces challenges domestically and internationally. Many US families who
are looking to adopt children might not start out their new year the
way that they had hoped. According to the US Department of State,
President Putin signed Russian Federal Law No. 186614-6 in to law. The
law went in to effect on January 1st, 2013. This
law bans Russian children from being adopted by Americans, and adoption
services are not allowed to assist Americans to adopt these children.