This story has been updated from its original version.

In light of the news that Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved the bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children, many Canadians are wondering whether that's the case in their country as well.

For the Russian ban on American adoption, the motives were reportedly political, in retaliation for recent human rights legislation, which will have no impact on Canada.

Adopting children from other countries, also known as intercountry adoption, had become popular over the last decade, as fewer children were being put up for adoption in Canada and the U.S. However, as Citizenship & Immigration Canada reported in 2011, 1,946 children were adopted from other countries in 2010, as compared to 2,122 children in 2009.

In the U.S., the number of Russian children specifically being adopted dropped from 5,862 in 2004 to 1,079 in 2010 to the most recent numbers of 962 in 2011, according to the State Department. China was the most popular country from which to adopt, with 2,587 children in 2011, followed by Ethiopia, with 1,732 children adopted that year.

Comparatively, Russia was the fifth most popular country from which to adopt in Canada — 102 Russian children were adopted to Canada in 2010 (the most recent available statistics), and China leading that list with 472 children adopted.

However, Canadians can't just adopt from anywhere — due to political relationships and international laws, children from certain countries aren't permitted to be adopted at all. Currently, Canadians cannot adopt from Georgia, Guatemala, Liberia, Nepal and Cambodia (though the latter is permitted in Quebec). Adoptions from Haiti have also been suspended since 2010 in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan.

SEE: Which countries are Canadians adopting from?

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  • Swaziland

    Number of children adopted to Canada in 2010: 5 <br> <i>A young child dances with maidens during a Reed Dance at a Queen Mother's Royal Palace in Mbabane, Swaziland, Monday, Sept. 3, 2012.</i>

  • Peru

    Number of children adopted to Canada in 2010: 5

  • Kenya

    Number of children adopted to Canada in 2010: 5

  • Iran

    Number of children adopted to Canada in 2010: 5 <br> <i>Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, right, accompanied by Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang, reviews honor guards during a welcome ceremony at the Presidential Palace Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 in Hanoi, Vietnam.</i>

  • Ghana

    Number of children adopted to Canada in 2010: 5 <br> <i>Supporters dance at the party headquarters as news spread of President John Mahama's imminent victory at the just concluded Ghana presidential and parliamentary elections in Accra on December 9, 2012.</i>

  • Bulgaria

    Number of children adopted to Canada in 2010: 5 <br> <i>Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov arrives at the EU Headquarters on December 14, 2012 in Brussels</i>

  • D.R. Congo

    Number of children adopted to Canada in 2010: 6 <br> <i>A displaced young Congolese boy stands outside his family's ramshackle shelter during a food aid distribution exercise conducted by humanitarian agencies at a camp for the internally displaced, in Mugunga, on November 24, 2012.</i>

  • Mali

    Number of children adopted to Canada in 2010: 7 <br> <i>A Malian refugee child stands on December 7, 2012 under a tent in the Goudebou refugee camp, some 20 kms from the northwestern Bukinabe city of Dori.</i>

  • Uganda

    Number of children adopted to Canada in 2010: 10 <br> <i>Members of the Little League baseball team from Uganda stand on the field before the start of of a baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012 in New York.</i>

  • Mexico

    Number of children adopted to Canada in 2010: 12 <br> <i>A Mexican child holds a Venezuelan flag during a demonstration in support of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, at the Monument to the Mexican Revolution in Mexico City on December 16, 2012.</i>

  • Lesotho

    Number of children adopted to Canada in 2010: 12 <br> <i>Girls and boys play football in Tsereoane on May 26, 2012, 40 km north of the capital, after the people of Lesotho went to the polls in National Assembly Elections 2012.</i>

  • South Africa

    Number of children adopted to Canada in 2010: 13 <br> <i>In this photo taken Friday April 13, 2012 rugby hopefuls take refreshments during a break as they attend rugby trials at the Panorama Sports Club in Wilgeheuwel, South Africa.</i>

  • Taiwan

    Number of children adopted to Canada in 2010: 16 <br> <i>Local children cheer in front of a replica of a Mayan pyramid before a count-down ceremony organized by the National Museum of Natural Science to help ensure the public it is not the end of the world, in central Taichung on December 21, 2012.</i>

  • U.K.

    Number of children adopted to Canada in 2010: 18 <br> <i>Samantha Cameron (C), wife of British Prime Minister David Cameron, poses with children for Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day in front of number 10 Downing Street in central London on December 14, 2012.</i>

  • Jamaica

    Number of children adopted to Canada in 2010: 18 <br> <i>Children wait to meet Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales who are touring the historic town of Falmouth on March 13, 2008 in Falmouth, Jamaica.</i>

  • Thailand

    Number of children adopted to Canada in 2010: 23 <br> <i>Thai school children gather in a meeting room during a ceremony for donation of various items from the King of Thailand in the restive southern province of Narathiwat on June 6, 2012.</i>

  • Pakistan

    Number of children adopted to Canada in 2010: 27 <br> <i>In this photograph taken on December 14, 2012, Pakistani Christian children play outside their homes in the run-down area of Mehrabad on the outskirts of Islamabad.</i>

  • Ukraine

    Number of children adopted to Canada in 2010: 46 <br> <i>Ukrainian boys react as they play in the Euro 2012 fan zone in Kiev on June 8, 2012.</i>

  • Kazakhstan

    Number of children adopted to Canada in 2010: 48 <br> <i>Kazakh girl falls from her roller skates near an election poster of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev in Almaty, on April 2, 2011.</i>

  • India

    Number of children adopted to Canada in 2010: 55

  • Colombia

    Number of children adopted to Canada in 2010: 62 <br> <i>A group of children listen to Edison Rojas (standing), coordinator of a game of Football for Peace, on October 6, 2012, in the municipality of Soacha, on the outskirts of Bogota, Colombia.</i>

  • Ethiopia

    Number of children adopted to Canada in 2010: 63 <br> <i>Originally from Ethiopia, Biniam Volk, 3, sits in the lap of his adopted brother Max Volk (top), 7, during the children's citizenship ceremony at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office November 14, 2011 in Fairfax, Virginia.</i>

  • Philippines

    Number of children adopted to Canada in 2010: 88 <br> <i>A man feeds his children at an evacuation centre for victims of Typhoon Bopha in the town of Maparat in Compostela Valley province on December 8, 2012.</i>

  • South Korea

    Number of children adopted to Canada in 2010: 98 <br> <i>South Korean high school girls cheer for their senior classmates taking the College Scholastic Ability Test on November 8, 2012 in Seoul, South Korea.</i>

  • Russia

    Number of children adopted to Canada in 2010: 102 <br> <i>Children visit Moscow's residence of Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost), the Russian Santa Claus, in the south-east of the Russian capital, on December 11, 2012.</i>

  • Vietnam

    Number of children adopted to Canada in 2010: 139 <br> <i>Vietnamese officials pose with children from Le Thanh Van Primary Schoolduring a media briefing during World Toilet Day on November 19, 2012 in Vinh Long, Vietnam.</i>

  • U.S.

    Number of children adopted to Canada in 2010: 148

  • Haiti

    Number of children adopted to Canada in 2010: 172 <br> <i>Dorange Suze recites stories to Haitian children outside a mobile library set up September 15, 2012 in Port-au-Prince.</i>

  • China

    Number of children adopted to Canada in 2010: 472 <br> <i>This picture taken on September 22, 2012 shows a group of young Chinese children taking part in a swimming contest at the National Swimming center or better known as the 'Water Cube' in Beijing.</i>