Russian adoption ban threatens Wilkes County family

PURLEAR, NC — Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law a ban on Americans adopting Russsian children Friday in Moscow.

That means 46 children in the process of leaving Russian orphanges for American homes may have to stay in those orphanages.

This has prospective adoptive parents Craig and Kim Church of Purlear upset and worried.

The two had planned to add two Russian brothers to their two daughters, who are not adopted.

Kim and Craig and their daughters Taylor and Leah are praying, but they say losing the children because of this new law would be devastating.

“It’s like giving birth in the hospital and you’re holding the baby and then they come in and take the child to get him weighed and measured and have their first bath and they never bring him back,” Kim Church said.

Craig Church is an international evangelical minister, and he and his family are holding tight that God will make happen whatever is supposed to happen.

“In a sense it does make me angry that this is political without thinking of the ramifications to children,” Craig Church said.

According to the US State Department, more than 60,000 children have come from Russia to live in the US since the early 1990s.

That includes more than 500 in the Piedmont Triad, according to Carolina Adoption Services.

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