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Midland family may not get to adopt 1 year old from Russia

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(12/27/12) - For years, the United States has been the top destination for adopted Russian children. That may soon change.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he will sign a bill that bans Americans from such adoptions.

The Russian parliament has already okayed the bill, which is part of a larger international issue.

Foreign lawmakers are retaliating against a recently signed U.S. law that calls for sanctions against Russians who violate human rights.

This is affecting people here in Mid-Michigan.

A Midland family has been trying to adopt a 1-year-old boy who's been in a Russian orphanage for several months.

Now that little boy might never reach his American home.

Britt and Jaime Vanchura are quick to tell you nothing makes them happier than spending time with their family.

They're already raising four children. They're trying to add a fifth - a 1-year-old Russian boy with Down Syndrome.

"It's been six months since we decided to adopt and we just got our paperwork sent over in October and there's a long waiting process," said Jaime Vanchura.

On Jan. 1, the couple says their paperwork will be put on hold because of the bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children. The thought of possibly not getting to care for the child hurts.

"Even though you're a willing family, it's because of things going on between governments that you really can't affect. It's really unbelievable that that's the place that you're at where this little boy, we consider him one of our children already. We're pursuing him like he's one of our children who's lost," Jaime said.

An adoption agency director in Michigan believes this will affect her office tremendously.

"I believe that a ban on international adoptions through Russia would be a very devastating thing. Particularly for those children who will be continuing to languish in an orphanage, but also for those families who were preparing to adopt those children and in addition to that those Russian people who will be out of jobs," said Jane Bareman, the director of Adoption Associates in Jenison.

No matter what the outcome is,  the Vanchura's will always consider the boy as one of their own.

"When we think of a hopeless case, if this ends up being the end of the line. If this is the policy for the rest of time and he will never be ours, he'll always be our son in our hearts," Jaime said.

The Vanchura's are raising money to help with their adoption process.

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