Minnesota mom makes emotional appeal on Russian TV for an exception to adoption ban

  • Article by: DAVID CRARY , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 7, 2014 - 11:10 PM

A Minnesota woman has gone on television in Russia with an emotional appeal for an exception to be made to that nation's year-old ban on adoptions by Americans.

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gjacobFeb. 7, 14 1:31 PM

Everyone needs their white baby. There are plenty of kids at home that need families.

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Brad57Feb. 7, 14 2:13 PM

Russians are a proud people who think Americans are arrogant labeling them a second world country. While we might view adopting orphaned Russian children as doing them a favor, many Russians (including their President) will view it as American arrogance - as if to say the Russians are too inept to take care of their own children.

Keep in mind that many people around the world (not just Russians) are tired of America sticking its nose into their affairs.

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dhenkelsFeb. 7, 14 2:16 PM

gjacob - did you read the article? She would like to adopt the 5 year old brother of the 8 year old she and her husband have already adopted.

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albundy74Feb. 7, 14 4:14 PM

@gjacom: Wow--I mean you set a new precedent on the blogs here. Maybe the censor was away and it was set on auto-approve. I've seen comments and opinions that were far, far less outrageous get nixed because the early morning censors took a politically opposing views. Getting back to your post; short-sighted and clearly someone who's never went down the adoption path. There are families here that would be happy with a baby-any baby- and provide a good home for them.

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gemie1Feb. 7, 14 4:21 PM

There use to be a stigma in Russia to adopt a child from an orphanage. That is one of the reasons that Russia opened the doors to international adoptions. We do have children in the United States that find loving homes in Europe (especially Holland and Belgium). They adopt minority children that cannot find homes in the United States. The people that work in these orphanages love these babies' and I have no doubt that the deaths of children in this country by their adoptive parents is alarming. You also have to remember that the woman who sent her adopted son back to Russia was never charged with any crime here in the United States. The final straw was an adopted child that died in Texas.

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BisonFeb. 8, 1410:33 AM

This is a very moving and passionate article on a dedicated family working tirelessly on uniting their family. I can only imagine the strength and conviction needed to endure this mountain of a challenge over the last four years. The Thomas' are a shinning model of what a family is and they are strong dedicated parents. My prayers will be sent out to the family. I hope our politicians have reached out to the family and assisted in uniting their family.

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firefight41Feb. 8, 14 5:46 PM

This is a very moving and passionate article on a dedicated family working tirelessly on uniting their family. ************** If they want the children reunited, they should send their adopted child back to Russia.

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