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US Banned from Adopting in Russia

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Jason Hamilton and his wife Tracy waited years for this, it's the first time they met their 18 month old son Jacob. 

"We were like oh my God this is him, and then the wave of emotion," said Jacob's Dad Jason Hamilton.

Jason and Tracy struggled with infertility for five years before deciding on adoption.  They researched all their options before choosing to adopt from Russia.

Tracy remembers the first time she saw Jacob's picture. "Oh my God - just tears.  I couldn't believe that was going to be my son, and he is so beautiful."

Now it's hard for the Hamilton's to believe that they almost didn't get to take Jacob home.  He is one of the last children to be allowed to go home with a family from the United States.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law banning adoptions to the U.S. within days of when the Hamilitons were set to make the long journey to Russia to get Jacob, they said one of the last if not the last child to get out before the ban takes effect.

But there are dozens of families stuck in the middle - some right in North East Ohio - still waiting to hear if they'll get to finally bring their child home.  None we approached were willing to talk on camera - afraid of rocking the boat.

The reasons why Russia decided to ban U.S. Adoptions can be very complicated, but the impact is very simple.  You now have children who thought they would have loving homes here that are now stuck in an orphanage.

The ban came right after President Obama imposed sanctions on Russia for Human Rights Violations.  But Attorney Mary Catherine Barrett who has done close to 50 Russian adoptions says there's also some distrust about Americans. 19 children have been killed after being adopted by American families.

Mary Catherine Barrett, an adoption attorney said, "Every time I went over there they would ask are they adopting these children for their organs?  Are they adopting these kids to work on a farm?  I would say no.  They will love these children like they were their own."

If Russian children are not adopted - the statistics out there are very grim. 

98 percent of the girls would be prostitutes and the boys would be dead from dealing drugs.

Tania Kamis and her husband Michael saw that first hand when they went to Russia to adopt their daughter Anastasia. 

Tania said, "It's heartbreaking because a lot of those children are not going to get homes, and when they are 16 they are just sent out of the orphanages without a lot of background on how to take care of themselves."

Everyone hoping this ban will be lifted because no matter what country you adopt from everyone deserves a lifetime of love.

It's obvious there's been a happy ending for the Hamilton family. There is no doubt about it when watching Jacob's smile.

Jacob's mom said "I wake up every day and go, Oh my gosh!!! We did it.  We're parents it's amazing.  We are excited.."

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