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Local adoptions in limbo

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This weekend three local families are heading to Washington DC in hopes of bringing more attention to International Adoptions. The families were in the process of adopting Russian children when the ban went into effect. 

Last summer Jennifer Diehl and her husband Jamie decided they wanted more children and wanted to adopt. She tells 13abc,  "a client of mine knew I wanted more children but was unable to have more babies...throughout the year she had said I need you to be a part of this program called journeys of joy which is a program with the Friends of Russia Orphans program that brings orphans over every year."

Jennifer says when her family met 6 year old Daniel, the connection was instant. The family would later visited him a few times in Russia and they even brought him here to Toledo for a visit. She tells 13abc, "after the second day of being in our home my husband said this child will be a part of our family so we are fighting for him because that ban went into effect January first and our hearts are in Russia." 

Russia's ban on American adoptions has thrown more than 231 families in the US in limbo. 300 children were in the process of getting adopted by American families. The Pinkelmans are one of them. Kendra Pinkelman tells 13abc, "He's like the missing piece of our family...that we didn't know we were missing. " 

Kendra Pinkelman says she already has two children but meeting this little boy named Edward convinced her she wanted another son. She tells 13abc,  "we told him we love you, and we want you to be our child."

Debra Fahncke shared those same sentiments for these two children as well, who visited her home last year. She tells 13abc,  "Two to three days later my son says we have to adopt them ...we can't make them go back. "  These three moms are on a mission, to get the attention of the President and the Secretary of State. They're spending mother's day in DC in hopes of getting the topic on the docket at the G8 summit. 

Pinkelman tells 13abc, "he's our son he's our child he is not just an orphan that we think we want we are hit parents. These letters of support have been written by people all across the country, asking Senators to push these adoptions through. The group will deliver them Monday, in hopes of getting the opportunity to bring these children home and fill the void in their hearts.

Get connected with these families though their Facebook page or their blog

https://www.facebook.com/pages/300-Broken-Promises/455788397829850

http://300brokenpromises.blogspot.com/

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