An American Found A Mother From Kursk 18 Years Later

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An American Found A Mother From Kursk 18 Years Later
An American Found A Mother From Kursk 18 Years Later

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Yulia Vasilyeva's parents were deprived of their rights, but the girl was adopted by a couple from the USA and took her away


At the end of April 2020, a message appeared on the VKontakte social network. 30-year-old Yulia Vasilyeva said that she lived in Kursk with her parents on Sumskaya Street. In 2000, her mom and dad were deprived of parental rights, and the girl was taken to an orphanage. Two years later, she was adopted by an American family from Pennsylvania. Julia became Julia, got married and gave birth to a son. 18 years after leaving, she decided to find biological parents. She hasn’t found her father yet, but she talked to her mother. Julia told "Kursk Izvestiya" whether she forgave her, whether she wants to return to Russia and how she relates to the "Law of Dima Yakovlev".

Internet helped

On April 25, an announcement appeared in several Kursk public places: “My name is Yulia Yuryevna Vasilievna, and I was born on 02/07/1990 in Kursk. My parents, Yuri Borisovich Vasiliev, born on 07/05/1964 and Vasilyeva Svetlana Vitalievna born on 01.12.1972, were deprived of parental rights in 2000. We lived in Kursk, Sumskaya street, building 38A, apartment 40. I was placed in an orphanage, and after a while I was adopted in America. If you know anything about this story, please help me!"

Users immediately reacted and there were those who lived at that time in the same house. Someone said that they knew about the fate of those close to Julia.

“Have you been to a boarding school in the Northwest? The apartment was sold long ago. My grandmother died, my father knows where, my mother, alas, lives a little differently. But there is a cousin, I already wrote in a personal. Daddy's brother. Also with about the same fate. Need help with registration, the person was left without a corner, something like that."

And in the evening the news came that Julia's mother had been found: “Good evening everyone! Found Yulia's mom! Mom is not homeless, not an alcoholic. I got into a very difficult life situation! Julia and her mother and I phoned by video call! It was very touching! Such happiness! Thanks to everyone who responded to help! Happy Holidays everyone! Be kinder and take care of your loved ones, because no one knows what may happen tomorrow! " - said users of social networks.

After that, "Kurskie Izvestia" contacted Yulia herself and her mother and asked to tell their story. The girl agreed, but her mother refused, citing the fact that it was hard for her to remember those events.


Julia now speaks only English. The girl admits that she is practicing Russian, but she has forgotten a lot. She sent all her answers to questions in English.

- I have a lot of practice and I try not to forget, because it is important to me. I read books, watch films and listen to music in Russian. Also, I study in the Duolingo app. But I am sad that I still forget a lot, - explains Julia.

The girl said that she remembers a lot of bad things about the time when she lived in Kursk and her parents left her at home for several days.

- I remember how I was so hungry that I just wanted to sleep to relieve the pain. I remember how my grandmother tried to educate me as best she could … I also remember the good things that happened when my mother was around and really talked to me and smiled at me. I remember how she came and took me from my first orphanage … I remember how she came to my 12th birthday, smiled and hugged me, and I was happy,”says Julia.

Julia in the Kursk orphanage

The girl was placed in a regional specialized orphanage. After a while, a couple from the American state of Pennsylvania arrived there. The couple already had two biological sons and they were going to take a girl into the family. On one of the programs they arrived in Kursk.

“As they later said, they chose me because I was a good fit for their family. Around the same time, they adopted a girl from the city of Saratov. Then I did not understand what was happening, - Julia recalls.

According to the kuryanka, the adaptation to another country was easy and quick. The girl refused the help of translators and soon enough began to speak in English. She studied quite well in Kursk, and in the USA she had grades A and B. Like ours 4 and 5.

Julia's large family in the United States. Julia - second from left

- I went to college and was on the Dean lists. This is very prestigious, that is, I was considered one of the best students in the class. I am grateful to my American parents for what they have done so much for me. They gave me a second chance to succeed. And I do it. I still hang out with them, I call them my American family, and I love them. We have had our ups and downs, but I still communicate with brothers as with relatives. I often had nightmares, they sat, talked to me and comforted me. A sister from Saratov also helped. We shared stories, and it made life easier, says the girl.

Love in Russian

After graduating from college, Julia graduated. She now works for a company that makes eye drops, contact lenses, eye surgery needles and more.

- I'm going to get another education. Then I will be able to help people who have been injured in accidents. I have one more year of study left. It takes me a lot of time, since I work full time, - says the girl.

Julia recently married an American, they have been together for 10 years. Their son Remy is growing up, he is five years old. According to the girl, her husband works as an engineer and is engaged in the design of massive equipment for quarries. My husband can speak a little Russian.

They live in a separate house and are often three of them in the fresh air. According to Julia, they all love to go hiking and spend time with siblings' families. The girl calls her life in America privileged.

- My life in the USA is a wonderful life. I am free to do what I want and be happy. But since I am Russian, I would like to adopt children from Russia and keep the tradition. I have a good life, and I feel that I could make someone happy. My life in Russia was very bad. If I still lived there, then I would have depression and problems with alcohol, I might even die. I thank God every day for giving me a second chance in life. I and many others in the United States would like to sincerely help a child from Russia, but we cannot because of the “Law of Dima Yakovlev,” says Julia.

The girl was happy, but despite this, she really wanted to find her Russian mother. And she was going to do this even earlier.

She says she really loves her parents because they gave her life. I just wanted to know how they are, where and if they need help. It was possible to see my mother only 18 years later, on April 26, 2020. According to Julia, residents of Kursk helped her a lot. Someone found her phone number, and later she was able to communicate with her mother via video call.

Julia's parents' wedding

- I am so grateful to everyone who helped! Mom had tears of happiness. And I was happy. In general, I had mixed emotions, I think it was an emotional day for all of us. We haven't spoken for 18 years,”says Julia.

The girl admits that she is not going to move to Russia. And she doesn't want to live in Kursk. Due to the pandemic, Julia may only come here in a year. And only to see my mother and visit the graves of loved ones.

- I would bring my mother to visit the United States and see what happens. I forgave her with all my heart. She is my mother, because without her I would not be here. I knew the situation and why I was taken away. After all, I was already an adult and knew more than I should have,”says Julia.

Alena Martynova

For your information

On January 1, 2013, the "Dima Yakovlev Law" came into force, establishing a ban on adopting children from Russia for all US citizens. One of the active supporters of this law, the then ombudsman for the rights of the child in Russia Pavel Astakhov, in an interview with, soon promised that all children whose adoption was thwarted would receive their families.

According to RBC, some of these children never found a family in Russia. Moreover, during this time in the country itself, the number of children who ended up in foster families increased by almost 60%. Unlike adoption, a foster family is a commercial form of guardianship, for which the state pays monthly, provides benefits and loans.

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