Russian ban affects families hoping to adopt

Russian ban affects families hoping to adopt (Image 1)

The Abraham family home in Springfield is seemingly always full of the laughter of children.

Kim Abraham and her husband Martin already had four biological sons when they decided to add to their family.

They went to Russia in December of 2008 and brought home five-year old Lexi, who they call their “Russian Princess.” She had spent most of her life in a Siberian orphanage.

“It was a long process, it was hard, but it was completely worth it,” said Abraham.

Last week, the Abrahams were in the very beginning stages of adopting another Russian orphan.

“She would love to have a sister, and I would love to have another little girl as well,” explained Abraham.

Now, it's unlikely another adoption will happen for the Abrahams. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill which prohibits Americans from adopting Russian children.

UNICEF statistics show there are almost 750,000 children without parents in Russia.

In the past 20 years, over 60,000 Russian children have found families in the United States, according to the U.S. State Department.

Abraham is happy her “Russian Princess” has adjusted well to family life, but fears for the orphans who will not have that same chance.

“Who I really feel the worst for are the families who've already been to Russia, they've met their children, they've hugged on them and kissed on them and promised them they'll come back. Now they are just stuck, they'll probably never see them again because of this ban, this bill that was just signed,” Abraham told Nashville's News 2.

The U.S. State Department has criticized the adoption ban, releasing a statement calling, it a “politically motivated decision.”

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