Thursday, February 16, 2012



  We have been assigned a region!  Of course there is always the possibility that this may change for some reason, however if all goes smoothly we will be adopting a child from the region of Krasnodar!  So what does this mean?  This means we now know what documents we need to gather for the specific requirements of this region of Russia, which altogether will become our "dossier."  This also means that it's getting more "real" and we can know start learning a little bit more about where our child is coming from.  I've done a little research on this area and will share some of what I have found: (I originally included information about the city of Krasnador, but we won't actually know which city of the region we will adopt from so I've changed it to focus on the overall region).

    Krasnodar (Russian: Краснода́р) is a region (often called Kuban) in Southern Russia. The territory is divided into two extremely different parts: the northern plain and the southern mountainous ones. The plain zone covers two third of the territory and is the most developed part in terms of economics. The southern zone is formed by the systems of ridges of the Western Caucasus, a stripe of foothills, adjacent to it and a narrow line of the Black Sea coast.

    Approximately the size of South Carolina, Krasnodar Krai Region is a diverse and wealthy area of Russia with a population of over five million people.  Over 140 nationalities live together here.  Over 85% of the population is Russian; however there are also Armenians, Georgians, Ukrainians, Greeks, Tatars and others from the Caucasus, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. 
   From what I have found the climate on the is quite similar to ours here in Rhode Island! The coldest month is generally January with an average temperature of 32 and the warmest month is July with an average of 75.  The favorable climate, warm seas, mineral and mud springs, scenic mountain and coastal landscapes together make Krasnodar Territory one of the most important tourist regions of Russia!

    It's amazing to think that there is a child waiting in this region for us....knowing even this small piece of information gives a greater feeling of connection and anticipation!

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