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Published December 28, 2012, 09:03 PM

A new adoption ban has local families upset

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- If you or a family friend has ever gone through the process of an international adoption, you know the roller coaster of emotions.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- If you or a family friend has ever gone through the process of an international adoption, you know the roller coaster of emotions.

With Russian President Vladamir Putin signing legislation that bans Americans from adopting Russian children, there is disbelief among those families who have traveled there to adopt.

Even during Christmas break, you will find Tabitha Roman and the other Moorhead High gymnasts at practice. It is part of the busy life of this 14-year old, an 8th grader at Horizon Middle School.

Marcus Roman/Tabatha's Dad: "Tabatha, that was meant to be, we knew that."

It has been a journey for Tabitha. Cared for at an orphanage north of Moscow, her life would change when Marc and Jeanne Roman would go through the long and sometimes painful process of adopting her. Now, 13 years later, they cannot imagine life without their beautiful daughter.

Marcus: "We hear from so many people that Tabatha is so lucky to have us and we do not look at it that way, we are the blessed ones because we have experienced her life."

And for Tabatha and her parents it is disheartening to think this adoption ban stems from squabbles between two super powers.

Tabatha Roman/Adopted from Russia: "I am so grateful it is amazing if i was not adopted I do not know where I will be."

With Putin signing the ban on adoptions, dozens of children in process of coming to the US, will be left in the orphanages.

"Don't get me started. It is so sad"

News that devastates even those who have completed adoption and are watching their babies grow up.

US Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota has called on Putin to veto the bill.

Minnesota has the highest rate of international adoptions in the United States.

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