Russian adoption ban set to devastate US families, orphans
Couple that adopted from Russia weighs in,us
- Duration 4:44
- Date Dec 27, 2012
Couple that adopted from Russia weighs in,us
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Russia now set to -- American families from adopting Russian children and officials say dozens of orphans who were about to be adopted in the US.
We'll have to stay in Russia.
President Vladimir Putin apparently -- signed the controversial bill named after a Russian boy.
Who died of heat stroke.
After his adoptive American father forgot him in a locked car.
Some Russian lawmakers say the adoption ban is retaliation.
For a US crackdown on Russians suspected of human rights abuse.
Critics accused the Kremlin of playing politics.
At the expense of hundreds of thousands of children who need homes and families now keep in mind Americans have adopted more children from Russia.
Then from almost anywhere else in the world.
-- and and so that was adopted their son Benjamin from Russia.
Back in 2007.
And have been trying to adopt from there again they join us now mr.
justice's thank you so much I can see you've got -- On -- -- -- now seven years old.
You adopted him when he was thirteen months you are a living example of how important it is for American parents to really get involved in these kids' life.
Talk about that if you will.
When we decided to adopt and we weren't trying to rescue a child we were trying to become parents we wanted to be a family.
And from the moment we met -- Outside of Saint Petersburg Russia.
We fell in love and we became a family and now we don't know what our life would be without him.
And we're just like so many of the majority of the families who adopt from Russia we're just regular people he goes to school that -- sports.
We're family and we decided about a year ago that we wanted to add another child to our families -- it was a natural.
Inclination to go back to Russia and to try and adopt again.
And I know that you you -- -- adopt again from Russia mr.
mysticism mistress is this to you in particular.
You know it seems to me that now it it appears the -- report and -- signed this this bill.
And that there will be at least for the time being no more children adopted from Russia to the United States 46 kids -- -- are now in the pipeline to be hooked up with American parents this is devastating for both the parents and those children -- -- not.
It's heartbreaking -- I.
There's typically three to port trips that Americans -- go to Russia.
The third trip typically is the -- where you go to a Russian court.
And you go before Russian prosecutor.
The judge looks overall your paperwork and the paper -- -- between your home study.
And the dossier -- looking at several hundred pages.
Of things adoptive parents have to go through.
And so once the decree is made that you become the parents there's it's usually a typically depending on the region a ten day waiting period.
And those 46.
Parents couples are in that ten day wait.
So it's devastating that they've already met their child.
They've started -- bonding process I can't even fathom what they're going through.
You know we -- at the beginning of our second adoption.
As as are so many other families -- its -- it's just heartbreaking.
Yeah and missile system to you have if I if I might -- you tell me when you're going -- your husband says in the back and forth process to Russia.
Did you get a feel for what conditions.
These children were living in over there and and if these adoptions are no longer allowed which we assume they will not be what conditions will the kids be left.
With -- adoption.
His orphanage was an excellent one there were about a hundred children and it and it has since closed down due to other reasons but.
The children were cared for they were they were loved and -- and -- But at the same time.
Can't take care of twenty to thirty children.
It's just not possible there's it's not a family it's not a mom and dad bonding situation.
So even in the best of circumstances.
You don't get to the love and security.
That a permanent home brings to a child and these children who.
Been passed over by Russian families and are now available for international adoption.
And in these 46 that have already been touched in hugged by families and they're waiting to go back and get these children.
These children will lose that they won't gags don't love and attention and stimulation they need just to develop normally -- children.
Well it appears that Ben is much love you guys are very blessed we hope it works out for you and a second child we hope for the rest of the children.
Coming from Russia -- to be good homes and Kurt and then Suze thank you all.
Thank you pictures.