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Kids With Down Syndrome Caught In US-Russia Clash

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Thanks to a diplomatic spat, the future is very much in limbo for two Russian orphans with Down syndrome whose expected adoptions by American families are now in doubt.

The youngsters, Gabriel, 4, and Jaymi, 5, were on track to join families in Idaho and Utah, respectively, when a new Russian law took effect at the beginning of the year prohibiting Americans from adopting the country’s kids.

Now the children’s adoptive parents are in Moscow anxiously waiting to find out if they will be able to bring home the kids who have come to know them as mom and dad.

Adoption advocates say the cases of children like Gabriel and Jaymi are particularly significant because kids with disabilities are rarely adopted domestically in Russia. Despite the ban, it was thought that their adoptions would proceed because they were already relatively far along in the process, but the cases have been halted and next steps remain unclear.

“Legally, he’s our child and he’s stuck. He is a political hostage,” Brian Preece of Boise, Idaho told Reuters about the situation with his adoptive son Gabriel. To read more click here.

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  1. JeanetteJ says:

    While it is sad that the Preeces and Bonners may not be able to adopt the sweet Russian children with DS they hope to, it is worth noting that both families:
    - the correct term for the kids they hope to adopt is “referral” NOT “adopted child”. A Russian adoption is NOT completed until the adoption decree has been issued. No decree has been issued YET.
    - are working with an ethically-challenged adoption “ministry” called Reece’s Rainbow that merrily violates Russian law by illegally photolisting Russian kids and encouraging adoptive parents to illegally pre-select them. Don’t believe me, see for yourself:
    - illegally posted photos of their referrals on their blog, despite not yet being said child’s parents.

  2. Julie says:

    Jeannette, I had no idea they were doing this – thank you for posting that information. When I was in the process of adopting my son, I refused to post photos on my blog. He wasn’t my child yet and it just didn’t feel right. I never understood how other parents felt it was their right to do so.

  3. harrisc says:

    As a parent of a multi-handicapped child… I feel like I am already competing for benefits with other American born disabled children. Russia needs to learn to treat their disabled citizens with respect and provide proper support systems.

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