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New law cuts couple's chance of adoption

January 13, 2013

Joseph and Mercedes LeBlanc have been on a more than two-year, $50,000 emotional roller-coaster ride that has seemingly ended in heartache, despair and a search for answers....

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Jan-13-13 4:04 AM

And how many children right here...have been waiting for a 'forever family'...but to spend $50K for a child half a world away....sorry...I just don't get it...never did and never will...Charity begins at home.

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Jan-13-13 6:30 AM

Came here to say exactly this, Andy. I just don't understand what the fascination is with adopting children from Russia when there are thousands in the US begging to be adopted. I'm sure adopting a child in the US costs far less than $50K as well.

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Jan-13-13 8:01 AM

Did you two even read the article? They had been turned away from US adoption agencies because of guidelines and restrictions. I know of several families in the area who have adopted outside of the US because they have been turned away from adopting US children because of silly guilelines and restrictions. So I have no problem with a family, who tried to adopt here in the US but was turned away, from going outside the borders to adopt.

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Jan-13-13 8:30 AM

People adopt from overseas because even though it cost a ton of money there is way less B.S. No Russian mother is going to come knocking a few years down the road and want their kid back.

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Jan-13-13 8:46 AM

Ladydog: YOU need to read that article !...Nowhere was there any mention of this couple exhausting adoption possibilities in THIS country. But then again...we have a story that could be filled with half fact and half fiction...reporting in this paper isn't the best....

Non the less...spending all that money when you can find local children that need fostered or adopted....really...take care of your own!

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Jan-13-13 9:16 AM

To spend any amount of money, let alone $50K, to adopt a child is ludicrous. Borders on buying a child.

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Jan-13-13 9:38 AM

I do believe the SG is a little late with this story, as I just saw on the news a few days ago that this was changed and not going into effect untill 2013.

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Jan-13-13 11:41 AM

It is sad that the Leblancs may not be able to adopt the Russian girl they'd been matched with - but there are no guarantees in adoption and Russia is not required to allow Americans to adopt their children. Adopting Russian kids is a privilege - one that Russia can revoke at any time for any (or even no) reason at all. The Leblancs knew and accepted this risk going in - adoption rules/laws change all the time. Spending $50k in no way, shape or form guarantees anybody a baby (not even here in the USA). The Dept of State even has a special website devoted to posting notices about changing laws related to international adoptions .(and has suspended adoptions from Guatemala, Nepal, Cambodia and others in the past decade or so).

It's also important to note the US violated the adoption treaty that came into force on Nov1 2012 first, by failing to allow Russian officials consular access to an abused Russian-born boy in Florida (Maxim Babayev). Why shouldn't Russia violate it too??

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Jan-13-13 12:14 PM

I guess it was assumption on my part when they said they couldn't adopt in the US that they had exhausted possiblities of doing so here in the USA. But that being said... Why in the world does it cost $50,000 to adopt a child?! It's like what someone said, it's almost like buying a child. You would think if it was a loving home where the child will be well provided for they would be more than happy to let that family have a child. No wonder people don't adopt more often. Sounds like an all out nightmare with finances, waiting, and problems with the systems.

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Jan-13-13 12:18 PM

i think adopting children from outside of the usa is crazy when there are kids here who desparately need a loving home. however, our rules regulations and love of money in this country make it rediculously unable to do so for most people. ive been told it costs 50 grand alone just to START the adoption process. so maybe we all would be able to take an AMERICAN needy child under our wings if the rules and guidelines werent such bs. ok, a child abuse clearance and criminal clearance for you and everyone under your roof i can get, and you mustnt be on welfare. otherwise, make it a little*****easier.

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Jan-13-13 12:46 PM

Money for the lawyers to read all the jargon is ludicrous. Adoption sounds very tricky, yes, borderline buying a good (the child) to 'own' and say you have. This whole story is mind boggling. There are local service's that can help these individuals 'foster' a child, with the possibility to adopt. What is it about foreign babies people feel drawn to? I hope it isn't for show and tell.

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Jan-13-13 5:51 PM

In response to my case: Why not adopt here? It is as difficult and expensive as abroad. We tried for a couple of years. Nothing.

In the US you don't adopt babies, you adopt grown up children from foster care. We cannot be foster parents because we are not parents yet, we want a baby. To get a baby you need to contract a birth mother and pay all her expenses, living and medical, and she can walk away any time.

My money has gone to adoption agencies, bureaucracies, and travel agencies, not to any orphanage. The documentation, here or abroad, must prove beyond doubt you are not a child trafficker, abuser, or unstable, just a willing parent with financial means. They don't ask that if I want to have a baby of my own, as irresponsible as I could be.

Adopting internationally is not just "fashionable", and the system here does not make it easy or attractive, either.

Finally, the bilateral agreement has no teeth, it is just a requet for more training and scrutiny for us.

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Jan-13-13 6:48 PM

Joseph, there are babies in the foster system. Actually, entire families minus the parents are in the system at this present time. Bonds between mother and child can start at any age. I cannot believe that you are having such a problem adopting, is there another issue besides having no biological children of your own? This might be a strange question, but, are you both American citizens?

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Jan-13-13 6:49 PM

We have been married for 15 years before we began the process of adoption. It can be easy to adopt from this country if you find the right agency that is willing to do the work. We began with a local agency and they had us convinced that we could only adopt from a foreign country. After four years with still no results, we decided to look for another agency. The agency we found was "A Labor of Love". The lady running the agency was very kind and helpful. A year and four months later, our little angel was in our arms. It was the most wonderful experience of our life. Our adoption costs were far less than $50,000. (Although it was over 8 years ago). We also did not have the crazy idea of flying (multiple times)and taking "gifts" to these other countries as well as being scared about being alone in another country. We did not have to pay for medical or any other expenses for the expecting mother. You just need to stay strong in your faith and let the Lord h

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Jan-14-13 9:22 AM

Is an American orphan more deserving of a loving family than a Russian orphan? I think not, look at the big picture, people. Every child deserves a loving family, whether he/she be domestic or abroad. These people wanted to help a poor, innocent child, don't criticize them for not doing it in the US.

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Jan-14-13 11:36 AM

no child anywhere is undeserving, however, let the russians adopt russians, let japanese children live with japanese families and let americans adopt americans. with so many kids in our country needing loving families its ludicris to be forgetting about american kids in need to go to another country and get one.. sounds to me like russia is turning on america now because of one dumb governmental situation, but, thats our govt, dumb

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