Posted: Dec 29, 2012 8:08 PM by David Jay - MTN News
Updated: Dec 29, 2012 9:59 PM
BILLINGS - An international issue could affect people in Montana.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a measure Friday, that bans the adoption of Russian children by U-S families.
According to CNN, the move by Russian politicians is widely seen as retaliation for a law that President Obama signed on December 14, that imposes US travel and financial restrictions on human rights abusers in Russia.
The action could affect hundreds of American families seeking to adopt.
A family near Broadus hopes to adopt a three-year old girl and a two-year old boy they met in Russia last month.
"Meeting the children was life changing," said Kimber Emmons, who visited the Russia with her husband, Brett. "It was just amazing. It was really, really good. They were kids. They were happy to have some one that just wanted to play with them. They didn't want to share their toys with each other all of the time."
But the law signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, makes it questionable if Emmons will add to their family.
"We don't know if there are any additional amendments that would help us out," said Emmons. "We don't know if any in-process families will be allowed to finish. But we do know, right now, things are at a standstill."
Kimber and her husband Brett, started this process earlier this year and had hoped to have their children in the US sometime in February.
"Anytime you deal with adoption, be it domestic or international you don't really have a sense that oh my gosh, this is good, we're good to go until your child is home," Emmons said. "You know everything's done signed sealed and delivered. And International adoption poses a lot more risk."
They're trying to avoid the speculation and rumors.
"Our first phone call was immediately to our adoption agency," Emmons said. "We just want to make sure information comes straight from them so that we're right, you know and we know what's going on. You know it affects our family immensely."
And now the Emmons wait to hear how the Russian law will affect their family in Montana.
"We were a family while we were there," Emmons said. "For sure."
The Emmons are working with Ohio-based European Adoption Consultants, Inc.(EAC), which says it owes it to the Russian orphans to remain hopeful. EAC has told parents to be prepared and ready just in case the adoptions are allowed to go through.
Americans adopted close to 1,000 Russian children last year, according to U.S. State Department figures.
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