Jenks family worries Russian ban on adoptions hurts orphans

JENKS, Okla. - Dozens of American families are holding their breathe, waiting to see if their adoptions from Russia will go through.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law Friday banning Americans from adopting children from the country.

It has local families who've already adopted Russian children very concerned.

Breck and Julie Ryker adopted 11-year-old Griffin from a Russian orphanage 10 years ago. It was a complicated process to bring him home, from background checks and house visits to two trips to the Russian orphanage.

They believe this new Russian law will hurt the country's most vulnerable.

"This time they're taking it out on hundreds of thousands of orphan Russians. They're taking it out on them. Because there's some bickering between their governments. And it's so sad that they pay the price for that," said Breck Ryker.

President Obama signed a law just weeks ago restricting U.S. travel and finance with human rights abusers in Russia.

Many see this move by Russia as retaliation.

The U.S. State Department says Americans have adopted over 60,000 Russian children over the past 20 years.

Now hundreds of American families hoping to do the same might not get that chance.

"There are people that are probably stuck in the middle of the process. They've already made a trip over, they've already met their child. And to be in that situation and not being able to go back and get that child that you've prepared for," said Julie Ryker. "You've got their room ready, I mean it's heartbreaking."

Dillon International here in Tulsa helps families through the Russian adoption process. They work with the Buckner Adoption agency-- which has 22 families in the process of adopting from Russia.

They say none of those adoptions are pending completion. But they won't release details of the adopting families, so we don't know if any of those affected are from Oklahoma.

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