WASHINGTON, December 25 (Itar-Tass) —— The Puerto Rican adoptive parents invited Speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko and her colleagues to visit the island to learn personally how Russian children live in local families. Laura Alvarez, the co-founder of the Russian-Puerto Rican fund of support to education and the mother of four Russian adopted children, sent a relevant letter to the speaker of the upper house of Russian parliament on Monday.
Puerto Rico is a free associated state. The island is actually under the control of the United States.
Alvarez noted that she wrote the letter from her family and many other adoptive parents in Puerto Rico. They are concerned over the bill, which the State Duma approved in the previous week, introducing a ban on the adoptions of Russian children by the US citizens. The authors of the letter ask the senators from the Federation Council not to approve the amendment to the law that bans the US citizens to adopt Russian children.
Alvarez said that her fund is a non-profit organization, which was founded at the initiative of several parents from Puerto Rico to help Russian adopted children to maintain ties with the Russian culture. The fund also permitted the families with the children adopted from Russia to get closer with Russian families, which live in this US territory.