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Russia passes law to ban all Americans from adopting Russian children

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Early Friday Morning Russia's President Vladimir Putin signed a bill banding all Americans from adopting Russian children. 

The law is retaliation to a U.S. law against Russian officials who have violated human rights. 

Russia is the third most popular country for U.S. international adoptions.  Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, more than 60,000 Russian children have been adopted by Americans since the fall of the Soviet Union. 

Caught in the middle of this political move are 46 million American families and Russian children who were just a few steps away from completing the very long adoption process. 

Many of those families met their children in Russia months or even years ago, they're already a part of their family and they are just waiting to bring them home to the U.S. 

Rebecca and Craig DeWit are at that same stage of an international adoption from Haiti.  They say it's a bond words cannot describe. 

"This was the first glimpse of who our new little boys would be," said Rebecca. 

The DeWit family immediately began to bond with their twin sons when they first saw their picture.  But when they met in person, the bond became even stronger. 

"The lady who runs the orphanage came out with both boys in her arms and it was a time with very few words, because the lump in your through was so big you couldn't even hardly speak through it," said Rebecca. 

After spending a few days as a family at a hotel in Haiti, the Dewits had to return their boys to the orphanage while they continue to climb through the legal channels of the adoption process. 

"That pain that it felt to leave them behind meant that we are a family and we're supposed to be together," said Rebecca. 

It's the same way at least 46 American families feel about the children they are trying to adopt from Russia, but this new law may prevent them from being together. 

"We saw this happen a few years ago with Guatemala. Guatemala shut down adoptions and there were a lot of families in Limbo," said Social Worker Hayley Van Den Brink with Sioux Falls Lutheran Social Services. 

Unfortunately, it's a heartbreaking risk in any adoption. 

"We are not through the process yet, we are still working through it and at anytime, the same thing could happen to us," said Rebecca. 

But everyone involved with international adoption hopes the situation in Russia does not cause others to despair. 

"Don't loose hope, even though with any adoption it's like a roller coaster," said Ven Den Brink. 

"The issues we go through, the wait, the money we have to pay, bringing the boys home will be completely worth it," said Craig DeWit. 

Many U.S. lawmakers are working to help the families near the end of the Russian adoption process to adopt their children.   

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar issued this statement Friday: 

"Right now there are Minnesota families who are waiting to give Russian children the loving homes they deserve, and these families and children as well as countless families and children to come will be the real victims of this ban.  I will continue to work to help families impacted by this harmful law."

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