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Russian Ban Prohibits Americans From Adopting Russian Children

Posted: Updated: Dec 28, 2012 06:19 PM EST

There is heartbreak tonight for dozens of families hoping to adopt a child from Russia. A ban on Americans adopting Russian children will come into force on January 1. The ban came in retaliation against a new U.S. law imposing sanctions on Russians deemed to be human rights violators.

Krista Farrell, a Charlottesville resident,  adopted her two children from Russia in 2002 and 2004. She says she's happy she and her husband adopted before it was too late.  

Farrell says she has kept in touch with the adoption agent she worked with in Russia over the years. The agent tells her the adoption process became more and more difficult in the country as time went on.

She says she feels especially sad for the parents that have already been matched with children that will no longer get them and that it's a shame they are being caught in the middle of a political issue.

It's likely 46 children who were about to be adopted in the U.S. will have to remain in Russia. It's estimated there are more than 7,000 children in Russia not living with their parents.

"For us it was nothing but a pleasant positive experience and we feel very blessed to have our children and it's gone very well for us it was an unforgettable experience and I'm sad to hear that some families won't have that experience," said Farrell.    

Farrell says when she and her husband went to visit one of their sons in Russia he was staying in a hospital because there wasn't room for him inside the orphanage.

She says she feels sad for the children that may end up spending their entire lives inside an institution rather than a home with a family.

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