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Family Adopts Russian Child Just Before Ban

WATERFORD–

Tim and Diana Walker waited nearly two years to bring home their Russian adopted daughter Sasha.

The Walkers are among the few families that were lucky to adopt just before the Russian president signed a law blocking children from being adopted by US families.

“To see them get so close. T invest their lives for two years into this is heartbreaking,” said Diana Walker

740,000 children are living without parental care in Russia. It is those children who will suffer the most — especially those with special needs like Sasha.

“The parents in those countries when hey have a child with special needs there are no resources available to raise those children themselves. They have been taught that putting them in an institution at birth is the best plan,” said Walker

That was one of the  reasons the Walkers chose to adopt from from Russia. And when they compare photos of Sasha living in an orphanage to now, they know they made the right move.

“Her smile is gigantic it is the difference a family can make in the life of a little girl,” said Walker.

Sasha is welcomed amongst her five brothers and sisters — and are thankful they got her just in time for the holidays