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Letter to President Obama - Russian Adoption Ban

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Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) today led the entire Ohio Congressional delegation in sending a joint letter to President Barack Obama urging him to find a solution for the small number of Russian orphans who are in the final stages of the adoption process but are unable to have their adoptions completed due to the Russian adoption ban. Ohio is home to the highest number of families affected by this ban, and Portman had the opportunity to visit with four of the families in D.C. earlier today and listen to their heartbreaking stories after being separated from children they had come to know as their sons and daughters.

In the letter, the Ohio delegation urges the President to prioritize this issue, asking him to "seek a prompt resolution when you meet with President Putin at the G8 Summit in June" in order to "find a humanitarian solution for these children and these families."

In addition, they point out that both children and families alike are suffering at the hands of this careless ban, stating, "The orphans affected by this ban are vulnerable and without families or homes in Russia. Many of these children have a disability that requires medical care that they are not receiving in Russia. These children are loved by and have come to know the American parents who want to welcome them into their homes and provide a life filled with promise."

The full text of the letter is below.

May 14, 2013

President Barack H. Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:

As representatives from Ohio, the state most affected by this issue, we are writing to request your assistance with finding a solution for the small number of Russian orphans who are in the final stages of the adoption process, but are not able to have their adoptions completed due to the Russian adoption ban. The number of Ohio families halted by this ban is the highest of any state in the country. As a united delegation, we urge you to prioritize this issue and seek a prompt resolution when you meet with President Putin at the G8 Summit in June.

The orphans affected by this ban are vulnerable and without families or homes in Russia. Many of these children have a disability that requires medical care that they are not receiving in Russia. These children are loved by and have come to know the American parents who want to welcome them into their homes and provide a life filled with promise.

The Ohio families in this process have remained vigilant and are doing everything in their power to help bring these children home. These parents have made countless trips to Russia before the adoption ban to spend time with the children with whom they were matched who have become their sons and daughters.

We have visited with these families and have heard them speak about these children who have already had such an impact on their lives and communities. Families from Toledo to Cincinnati and Lima to Akron, have opened their homes to these children and now their hearts are breaking. Thousands of Ohioans have also heard these stories and demand that Congress and the administration do what is necessary find a solution.

Please find a humanitarian solution for these children and these families. We ask that you continue to work with the Russian delegation and we urge you to prioritize this issue with President Putin to help these children. Thank you for making these efforts on behalf of these children and families.


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