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    MOSCOW, July 19 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Education Ministry is preparing changes in the rules for the adoption of Russian children, ministry official Sergei Apatenko told a news conference Tuesday.

    The ministry will introduce changes and amendments to the legislation that envision adoption only through accredited organizations. They also establish the necessity of an independent psychological assessment of future foster parents. In addition, the candidates will have to present a document confirming that they have taken a special educational course prior to adoption.

    In 2005, the Education Ministry prolonged the accreditation for 52 organizations that deal with the adoption of Russian children by foreigners. Three organizations were denied permits because they had failed to provide reports on children's living conditions on time.

    According to ministry's data there are currently 25 unofficial organizations that deal with the adoption of Russian children by foreigners.

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