Parents Move On As Russian Adoption Ban Continues
by Jason Lamb
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It's been more than a year since the Russian government instituted a ban on American parents looking to adopt children from that country. In that time, hundreds of parents who were already in the process of trying to adopt from Russia have been in limbo.
Many hopeful parents have been anxiously waiting to hear if their adoptions will go through. Since then, many hopeful parents have faced the realization that all the time and effort they've put in may never lead to a final adoption from Russia.
Last year, NewsChannel 5 introduced you to one middle Tennessee woman named Krystal Riddle. Riddle was in the middle of trying to adopt a child from Russia named Aleena. She even communicated with her via Skye from overseas, when the ban went in place.
After months of waiting, the state department said, Aleena had been placed in a Russian home instead.
"It's sort of like a dream that's not realized, and you don't really know where to go from there -- I don't know what it's like to lose a kid biologically, but it has to be close to that, it was awful," Krystal said.
Riddle said she is now looking at potentially adopting a child from Ukraine.
Later this week, Krystal will have a conference call with the state department, giving the latest update to any talks ongoing with the Russian government to eventually allow adoptions from Americans once again.