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New Russian law is devastating news to families wanting to adopt

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Hundreds of families across the country with dreams of adopting Russian children are trying to figure out what comes next. 

Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law banning Americans from adopting Russian children.

That's devastating news to some in the Tri-State.

President Putin signed that law last Friday, permanently canceling all current and future adoptions of Russian children by Americans. 

That means some people, like an Evansville couple 14 News met on Wednesday, are having to say goodbye to children they already considered their own.

"Our first two referrals, they were two sisters," Becky Grimes said.

A few years ago, Becky and Jim Grimes thought Faith and Grace were the answer to their prayers.

"They were ours," Jim said. 

Becky said, "had princess everything in the bedroom."

When their first adoption fell through, they fell in love with Joy and Daniel.

Another attempt, and another heartbreaking setback. Things didn't work out, so the Grimes tried again.  

Victoria and Ina were supposed to be theirs.

"They have their beds, their clothes, lots of hair bows and tons and tons of toys," Becky told 14 News.

Now everything, the toys, the plans, brand new lives for these two little girls, and so many others in Russian orphanages are on hold again.

"Hopefully the children will be adopted and taken care of. We're just, mixed feelings right now, just confusing," Jim said.

"We have three families right now that are involved in Russian adoptions," said David Kelle, the Executive Director of Compassionate Care Adoption Ministry.

It's the organization the Grimes have been working with throughout their long and costly adoption process.

"It's devastating, yeah, to know that all of a sudden because of some political maneuvering families are not going to have the joy and the blessing of having children in their home," Kelle said.

It's a blessing the Grimes aren't giving up on. For now though, all they have are dreams about children they say will always be theirs. 

"She was going to be a tomboy. She was going to play baseball," Becky said.

Faith that this long and winding journey to parenthood isn't over.

"I know I'm called to be a mother. I know that in my heart, and we're not done. I mean, you can knock me down a hundred times, I'm gonna get up," Becky told 14 News.

This Russian law came in part because authorities there say some children were abused or even died after being adopted. 

Right now, the Grimes are included in more than 1,500 adoptions to American families in the works that are being halted.

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