Monday, February 11, 2013

Post Placement Reports for Russia in 2013 - updated

Many adoptive parents are asking where and how to submit Post Placement Reports (PPR) for their adopted children since 

  • several agencies have closed, and
  • other agencies have indicated they are only keeping the reports, but not translating and submitting the PPR to MOE in Russia.
This is not a new issue; there have always been agency closures which have left families to finish their Post Placement Reports without the assistance of an agency. In addition, families adopting from some Former Soviet Union countries submit reports until their children is 18 years old under similar self reporting procedures.

In Fall 2006, the following advice was obtained for all families who needed to file their own Post Placement Reports:

1. Use a Licensed Social Worker to do the Post Placement Report
2. Translate it with a Certified Russian Translator.
3. Get the Post Placement Report apostilled.
4. Include 5 pictures
6. Send directly by DHL or FedEx to the MoE in the region of adoption. You can find your region's address (in Russian) at the adoption website:  (bottom right under the house picture), then use the first address listed.

(If you use google chrome as your browser it will prompt you to translate the page to English.)

In January 2013, I contacted the Russian Embassy in DC consular section.  
I inquired as the validity of the above instructions. The consulate indicated that reports could be submitted to:

    Consular Division of the Russian Embassy in the USA,
    2641 Tunlaw road N.W.
    Washington D.C., 20007

    to the Attention of the Adoption Section.

And if a translator is not available, the report sent to the Consulate could be submitted in English.

So my advice would be to submit your PPR to your placing agency, but also either 
1) translate and forward it to the MOE of your child’s region, or
2) submit it in English to the Adoption Section of the Consular Division of the Russian Embassy.

You can read more about requirement on Post Placement Reports in the middle of this page

If I become aware of changed rules, I will update the information here.
See update


  1. Good News CWA has put their post adoption checklists live for the rest of Feb - it might be helpful. (They refer to Post Placement Reports as Post Adoption Reports).

  2. I just see no reason to continue with the costly and time-consuming post placement reports, when they won't even make a difference in Russia. Asking good American families to jump through hoops, spending time and money on this rather than spending that time and money on their KIDS, does not benefit the children at all.

    1. Great way to ensure russia never lifts the adoption ban!

      When you went to Russian court in order 2 adopt ur kid, you promised under oath to file the PPR reports -- as a CONDITION of adoption. Failing to hold up your obligation tells russia Americans don't give a hoot about their adopted Russian kids!!!

  3. Lisa - I guess where you and I differ is that I believe in doing the right thing even if I believe someone else is doing the wrong thing. In my opinion keeping your word and filing the reports you committed to filing is just doing the right thing. Additionally, if one adoptive parent fails to keep their word, it makes the rest of us look as if we cannot be trusted. If we cannot be trusted, why should *any* government allow us to adopt their children? What do you think other governments would do if every adoptive family took your stance and refused to file the post placement reports they promised to file? What would that mean for the hundreds of families and children still waiting to be united? Perhaps it doesn't matter to you if you already have your child home, but I've always believed in trying to think beyond my own needs. In fact, isn't that part of what adoption is supposed to be about???

  4. Who says the PPRs won't make a difference to Russia? Lack of PPRs will upset Russia. And even more importantly, we committed in court to do the PPRs. It is a dossier document submitted to the MOE.