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Russian Adoption Law Puts Nashville Parents in Waiting Game

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By Jason Lamb

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A waiting game for thousands of potential parents continues nationwide as they wonder what to do about the law Russian president Vladimir Putin just signed, banning adoptions from U.S. parents in that country.

Krystal Ribble lives in Nashville, and she first found out about eight-year-old Alina at her church. She knew she wanted to adopt her, but she never thought a Russian adoption law would get in the way.

Krystal has only been able to see pictures of Alina. She's never met her in person yet, and now Krystal says she's worried that might be where her adoption process ends.

"Basically with this new law that was passed, we don't know how it's going to affect us yet," said Ribble.  "We don't know whether they will shut the doors completely, and we won't get to travel, or if there will be provisions made to allow us to continue."

Alina has a small medical condition, so she's considered a special needs child in Russia. Krystal's family is waiting on a possible amendment to the adoption law in Russia that would allow the adoption of some special needs kids.


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