Russian Adoption Ban Hits Close to Home

By: Erin Myers Email
By: Erin Myers Email

Michelle Mosley tears up as she watches videos from her last trip to Russia. It was a long-awaited visit to see Artem, a 6-year-old boy with Down Syndrome.

"We got to go see him in November and spent a week with him there. Good kid, he's a great kid," said Mosley.

Michelle and her family have gone through a year-long process to adopt Artem from Russia.

"We were waiting for a court date and that was the final trip. We would go there to the court, meet the judge and then we would have been able to bring him home," Mosley.

But just as the Mosleys were close to finalizing the adoption, the Russian Government slammed the door in their face on Friday.

"It's been tough, especially when we found out that everyone passed it... the Parliament, Upper Parliament and then Putin. It was a very sad day for all the parents and the kids too, we got to think about the kids," said Mosley.

Michelle says they hope President Vladimir Putin will honor a standing treaty and allow Artem to come to a loving home.

"We'll still fight for him. We're still hoping that Putin will obey the bilateral treaty between the U.S. and Russia that states if anything changes in adoption laws, that they would have to give us a years notice. So were holding out hope that he obeys that and that we would still have a year to complete the process," said Mosley.

But for now, the family will play the waiting game.

"We are still hoping that we can get over there," said Mosley.

They just hope it comes sooner rather than later.


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