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Ban on Russian adoptions could have far-reaching effects

The Threatt family with two kids adopted from Russian orphanages The Threatt family with two kids adopted from Russian orphanages

A new ban prevents Americans from adopting children from Russia. And one Midlands couple says it's not Americans who will suffer but rather the thousands of orphaned children living in Russia.

Russian officials banned Americans from adopting children from their country, claiming they want to protect the children from abuse.

"All the children that we know that have been adopted from Russia, which actually are a lot, and from other countries, are in loving stable homes where they have a chance to grow up and have a life," said Roxanne Threatt.

The Threatt family called the ban cruel. They said they'll never forget the day they brought their now 16-year-old son Luke and 14-year-old daughter Nadia home from orphanages in the war-torn country.

"I believe that when my children were conceived they were conceived for us," said Threatt. "That they were meant to be in our home we just had to go and get them."

Some called the ban a retaliation tactic.  Many like the Threatts felt the ban is in to response President Obama signing a law calling for US travel and financial restrictions on Russians who have violated the human rights of others.

The family hopes Russian president Vladimir Putin will lift then ban.

"The plea would be 'let's value human life,'" said Erwin Threatt. "Because that really is what this is about it's the value of human life over his personal agenda and that's hard to imagine."

Their daughter Nadia said having a loving family has been the greatest gift she's ever known

"The memories that I have [of] Russia are just dark and I don't want to go back to Russia," sad Nadia. "So I'm really glad that I'm adopted here and I've got a good family."

The Threatts have since added to their family, adopting two twin girls from the Ukraine.  Their family is complete, but they sympathize with the 46 families left in limbo by the ban who were in the process of adopting.

"This is the life of these children that have no hope literally to be in a home," said Threatt. "Apart from adoption and so many much of the adoption there come internationally and from out country."

American families have been the biggest overseas adopters, giving homes to more than 60,000 children in just two decades.

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