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The MAPS Russia Adoption Program maintains its reputation for excellence and success in bringing children home to families all over the world. As MAPS' largest international program, we have facilitated more than 1,000 Russian adoptions since the program's commencement in 1991. We were originally accredited by the Russian Federation to place children from Russia on December 14, 2000; this long-standing accreditation status will ensure that our work in Russia will continue for years to come. Our experienced U.S.- and Russia-based coordinators regularly monitor the continuously changing laws in Russia, ensuring that our families' dossiers are in compliance with the latest requirements and regulations. Since our Russia program began, we have found the people, culture, and children to be truly delightful and beautiful. We look forward to guiding you with our expertise, and sharing with you the joy of adopting from Russia.

MAPS is reaccredited in Russia

After a long wait during Russia’s reaccreditation process, we are now reaccredited by Russia’s Ministry of Education! With this new accreditation in place, we can begin processing waiting families, have reopened our Russia adoption program to new applicants, and can start placing babies, toddlers, and older children again. The accreditation is non-expiring and ensures that we can continue our work in Russia for years to come.

MAPS families whose paperwork is up to date and already submitted should contact Kate or Jill at (207) 775-4101 to discuss specific time frames. We thank all of you for your patience during this delay and look forward with joy to helping you bring your new child/ren home. We also urge new families to contact us to learn more about adopting through our Russia program.

In 1991, we were the first American agency to begin placing children from Russia with families in the United States. Since then, we have found homes for 1200 Russian children throughout the US and have funded humanitarian aid programs to improve the lives of the children who remain in Russia’s orphanages and foster homes.

Russia Adoption Information

At A Glance

Parent Requirements: No more than 45 years between younger parent and child; some flexibility for older children. Single women accepted.
Children: Infants (usually 10-18 months at time of referral), toddlers through school age, and sibling groups; minor correctable health problems/orphanage delay with potential for normal life in a family. Gender requests: childless families may request a boy, or a girl over 5 and/or with special needs; families with a boy may request a girl under age 5 if willing to wait at least 12 months for child offer.
Waiting Time: Waiting times vary according to child request . Please see full info packet (click above for PDF) for detailed information.
Travel: Two trips required for both parents. First trip of approximately 1 week occurs 4-6 weeks after invitation from Russia. Second trip of 2-3 1/2 weeks is 6-8 weeks after dossier is sent to Russia. Travel expenses: $7,000-$10,000 plus flights.

Your MAPS Russia Adoption Staff

Jill McMahonJill McMahon received a BA in Anthropology from UMass, Amherst, which solidified her path towards a career in world cultures and humanitarian aid. The desire to combine this interest with a love for children led her to MAPS, where she currently works as a Russia Program Coordinator.
Phone: (207) 775-4101

Kate Emory

Kate Emery has a BA in Anthropology from Colby College and professional experience with families and children through the Readak Educational Services, in which she coordinated and taught 4-6 week intensive study skills courses throughout the U.S. and in Jamaica.
Phone: (207) 775-4101

For a complete information packet about our services, our adoption programs (domestic and international), and the adoption process, please complete the form below.

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