- Married couples and singles
- Preference for adoptive parents not to be more than 45 years older than the child
- More flexibility for parents adopting older children or children with special needs.
On December 28, 2012, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the Dima Yakovlev Bill into law. The Dima Yakovlev Bill bans US citizens from adopting Russian orphans.
This new law will go into effect on January 1, 2013.