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Russian adoption ban delay gives Kingwood family hope

Erin Mulvane, Houston Chronicle
Updated 4:32 pm, Thursday, January 10, 2013

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  • From left, top, Isaiah, 10, Nathanael, 12, Gabriel, 8, and parents Phil and Aimee Anderson at their home Dec. 31, 2012 in Kingwood, TX. Aimee and Phil were in the process of adopting a child from Russia when they heard about the ban to half adoptions to the United States. They are heart broken that the long, drawn out process has now been halted. Photo: Eric Kayne, For The Chronicle / © 2012 Eric Kayne

    From left, top, Isaiah, 10, Nathanael, 12, Gabriel, 8, and parents Phil and Aimee Anderson at their home Dec. 31, 2012 in Kingwood, TX. Aimee and Phil were in the process of adopting a child from Russia when they heard about the ban to half adoptions to the United States. They are heart broken that the long, drawn out process has now been halted.

    Photo: Eric Kayne, For The Chronicle

 

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The Kingwood family whose adoption process for a 9-year-old girl was halted after a law banned Russian adoptions to the U.S. last month now feels "cautiously optimistic."

President Vladimir Putin's chief spokesman Dmitri Peskov told the RIA Novosti news service Thursday that the new Russian law would not go into effect for another year because of a previous bilateral adoption agreement with the U.S. that requires 12 months' notice before withdrawing.

The law banning U.S. adoptions threw the 46 families in the process of adoptions and the hundreds, like the Andersons, that had just begun the steps into limbo. Since the 1990s, 60,000 children have been adopted from Russia to the U.S.

Thursday's news gave the Anderson family hope.

"We are hoping that it will be able to follow through," said Aimée Anderson, who had been in the middle of an adoption process before the law halted her plans. "We are just believing God wouldn't take us on this journey and not follow through."

She said the adoption agency alerted her to the news this morning, but said there are a lot of unknowns and it was unclear if her family would be affected. The best case scenario, she said, is that she and her husband would be able to resume the process and submit their completed dossier, which is basically a packet of required paperwork, next week. Anderson said she hopes that their child would be able to be with them by this summer.

"We are really hoping this is the first big glimmer of hope, and it means people who are moving in the process will be able to continue," Anderson said.