Russian adoption law affects local families

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Submitted: Sat, 12/29/2012 - 3:32am
Updated: Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:57am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Russia is playing politics with people, little people. The new bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children hurts American families as well as children already in the adoption process.

It’s a frustrating move that one Wilmington woman has seen before.

“Unfortunately that’s a fact of life. That’s the way it is, and we had to deal with governments and foreign countries all the time,” adoption agency director Janice Bergeron said. “I can’t even tell you how many countries we’ve gone to and tried to help the children there and politics are always involved.”

Bergeron and her husband already had a family when they were drawn to adoption by television.

“This show in Romania on ’20/20′ showed children, orphanages absolutely in horrendous conditions, and my husband and I both felt so blessed to have the children we had, we just needed to go take one of these children and give them a better life,” Bergeron said

And once in the process Bergeron could see so much more needed to be done for the children.

“Once we saw that orphanage and saw the children that desperately need homes, we had to adopt a child and then help other families to adopt children,” Bergeron said. That experience led her and her husband to start Children at Heart adoption agency.

“Don’t give up because something has happened in Russia,” Bergeron said. “The fact that when it is over you have a beautiful child in your home that has a loving family for the rest of his or her life.”

Bergeron reminds parents that while the Russian move is frustrating, there are children who need good homes, waiting in countries around the world.

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5 Comments on "Russian adoption law affects local families"

2015 years 8 months ago

We have children RIGHT HERE in the US that are in dire need of a family. Why cant we focus on that.. who cares that RUSSIA wont let Americans adopt. There are AMERICAN children that so need OUR LOVE.

2015 years 8 months ago

Unfortunately the Christian adoption rackets here in the US are charging too much for their services. This happened right here in NC and was reported by this station, WWAY at length:

Adoption is no different from any other consumer good… when US production gets to be too expensive we import cheaper goods from foreigners.

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2015 years 8 months ago

I don’t understand the big deal here. Do we not have plenty of children right here needing homes and love?

2015 years 8 months ago

The reason people do not like to adopt American children needing homs is that

1) We’ve allowed the entire process to get so profit driven that the costs are absolutely insane. You could seriously put a kid through college and buy him a car for the same amount of money it takes to pull him out of a foster home or orphanage.

2) Adoptive parents in this country can lose their rights suddenly.

A friend of ours finally finished an adoption of a child from the foster system (hence the money comment above) and when the bio-mom got out of prison 6 months later, she barely met the criteria set by the court and was able to retake custody of the girl. A few weeks later bio-mom failed a drug test, violating her parole (being a multiple offender) she went back to prison and the children went back to foster care.

My friend is not allowed to foster that child (conflict of interest) but can restart the process to adopt her. They are now looking overseas.

2015 years 8 months ago

I’ve known three families who adopted Russian children – – they each received a lot of bad/incorrect information about the children, only to find that they each had SERIOUS adjustment problems due to extreme abuse in their native Russia. I say keep ‘em, adopt American kids who need you NOW.