US parents make emotional plea to Putin, Obama
Devastated couple was ready to bring son home
- Duration 6:20
- Date Dec 30, 2012
Devastated couple was ready to bring son home
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And Russia's Latimer who now banning the adoption of Russian children by Americans as of January 1.
Even halting adoptions already in progress.
Dealing an emotional blow to many families including our next guests Robert.
-- Summers are parents who -- in the process of adopting a Russian child and they're afraid.
They'll never see him again Robert Kim good morning to both the view that moment so sorry what you're going through what.
The Russian president is doing is despicable to say the least.
You were so close you felt like this was already a part of your family tell me how difficult this has been.
It's you can't even fathom the pain it feels like losing your child hopes this is our -- And we've spent so many.
So much time waiting to get to this happy point as a matter of fact I looked at my husband this morning I've sent two weeks ago will be.
In Russia holding our son.
And now that so -- we don't.
Now where where.
Robert in terms of the process and in terms of the emotional commitment tell me how far along you are in this process.
Emotionally would drain beyond belief okay but we we keep our spirits up that we are going to bring him home and we hope to bring him home within this.
Two week period left ago we hope that the State Department -- do their duty to help us bring him home.
What do you do Kim what is the process now and what are they telling you both here and in Russia.
Well aggression we haven't heard anything.
Nothing we've -- reached out to the embassy.
And to basically they're going on holiday now.
They're going said it it I mean the timing of all of that's had to be planned somehow.
Because all of the government offices.
In Russia will be closed for the next week and a half.
To celebrate their holiday in the new year.
Which we were aware of and that's why we we had not been given the date to return.
On the thirteenth of January.
Now you know we don't know where or that our son is still in the baby house in the orphanage if you well.
And my my my clothing.
My diaper bag -- staff.
Is that our host family in Moscow.
We thought we were returning.
Endorse -- like some estimated 120000.
Other Russian children who were eligible for adoption need caring families.
Like yours American families adopt more Russian children in any country in the world over a thousand.
Last year alone Robert what would you say to -- -- what do you think of his actions are basically a reaction that our legislation.
That punish his human rights violators I mean this is common sense but what do you think of the political steps he's taken.
If I had to make a plea right now the Russian government and Vladimir Putin.
Please free these children.
They need of good life the life that they are -- that ever going to get in an orphanage.
And if we want to bring him home but we want all the families to bring their children home as well.
When -- I want to give you the same opportunity because again I'm sure you'd say this is not about us as much as you're hurting not about a children are the ones have to live a candidate what -- -- -- be -- this is a Russian presence.
President Putin please -- -- father.
You're -- father.
If it would be is if somebody ripped your child out of your arms that's how we feel you're tearing -- our hearts.
Just for a political statement it is so unfair to these children.
He is so unfair they deserve forever families.
Everything that life has to offer them and they have no I mean if they have no future.
My son's future.
If I'm not permitted to bring him here.
He will we mean in an orphanage.
And every month that a child does and an -- -- They lose three months of developmental.
Development if you out.
And little by little.
-- -- com.
Where they have many many delays and a lot of issues and he'll stay there and -- -- out.
And then what.
I don't know unfortunately none of us know here's.
How insensitive the Russian president -- his statement this there are probably many places in the world we're living standards are better than ours so what.
Shall we send all the children there.
Or move there ourselves this is the man all about shows of strength and showing how much over years and clearly.
Is not a man by everything he's shown us in the last couple of days.
What can our government do what can our State Department what do you plead with them to do where they hopeless.
We -- President Obama to please step in any way possible.
To help the children.
And the police -- these children.
Okay that's all we -- -- -- -- Because we have so much invested in our children.
Just like President Obama has with his his daughter's -- and you know -- from from a parental point of view.
You know you live for your children I live for Preston Preston and Mike China -- He's our -- And it everything in life is waiting for him his -- is in the middle of my dining room.
His is room is filled with toys and clothes.
It it it it's not -- matter of -- -- it's better to live here or better to live there.
They are getting loving.
That can nurture them and developed them.
Kim and Robert Summers were -- for where -- going through we hope something can change in the next couple of days or weeks thank you both thank you just.
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