While one Marana family has had great success filling the rooms in their home by adopting children from Russia, other families will no longer get the opportunity.
Earlier this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he wants orphaned children in Russia to be adopted by families in their own country.
However, U.S. media outlets have viewed the ban as retaliation because of a disagreement with a U.S. law that doesn’t allow human rights violators on American soil.
The total number of adoptions in 2006 from Russia was 3,702 with 2,302 being children that were 1 to 2 years old. The number of adoptions dramatically decreased in 2008 to 1,875, 2011 to 962 and 749 in Russia, according to the U.S. Department of State.
Marana’s Pam and Brian Freeman expressed how sad it is that the ban has been enacted as many Russian children will no longer be adopted.
The couple have adopted three children from Russia.
The number of children in Russian orphanages is a staggering number of more than 600,000, according to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund.
With the new Russian law in place, many worry that it will only continue to increase.
Adopting internationally has been made popular by many of the famous actors and actresses throughout the U.S.
Angelina Jolie has made the process appealing, already adopting two children from other countries.