A new law to ban the adoption of Russian children here in the United States is hitting close to home for one Iowa family.
“It was the right person, the right kid, the right girl, and the right sister for Alex, to come over here, but Russia was closing down things, at least in that region,” says Lowell Highby of Nevada.
Highby adopted his 13-year-old son Alex from Russia three years ago, but always knew he wanted two children.
While at the orphanage, Alex became very close to a 15-year-old girl, and Highby knew she would be the perfect big sister, but a Russian judge denied his petition.
“The two of them have and had such a great relationship, it was evil what happened that day, and never should have happened,” says Highby.
Highby says that was a year and a half ago and only the beginning of problems for American families like his.
This past Friday, Russian president Vladimir Putin banned American adoptions altogether.
Some believe it's in retaliation for the U.S. denying Russians into the United States who have been determined human rights violators.
“Whether the law was a good idea or not it has absolutely nothing to do with these kids or these families or anything like that,” says Highby.
Highby says he sympathizes with families caught in the middle, and worries hundreds of children are now victims. Hoping they aren’t left in Russian orphanages without any explanation.
“All the hopes and dreams and everything just shattered, because of some bureaucratic nonsense,” says Highby.
Highby says there isn't much Americans can do to help the problem, except to contact your state and national leaders and urge them to take action against the Russian ban.