Several families across the nation are still in limbo following Russia's recent ban on American adoptions of Russian children.
Lutheran Social Services says the ban is now affecting 500 families nation wide, nine of them in Wisconsin. The ban was a Russia's response to the state's Magnitsky Act.
The tensions heated up in December when president Obama signed the Magnitsky Act banning Russian officials involved in violating Sergei Magnitsky's human rights from entering the U.S. Sergei Magnitsky, was a Russian auditor who alleged certain Russian officials were obtaining fraudulent tax refunds. The ban on U.S adoptions of Russian children is seen as payback.
Melissa and Doug Novinski adopted their son Oleg almost 10 years from Russia and can't imagine the pain families who were in the process of adopting are going through.
“It's heartbreaking I just feel bad, It's like coming close to losing a child,”said Melissa Novinski.
LSS says they have not received definitive answers from the Russian government on what's going to happen to the children and families who have already met but don't have a court date yet.