Russian adoption ban affects Minn. families waiting for children

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Russian President Vladimir Putin's new ban on the adoption of Russian orphans by Americans is being felt by Minnesota families waiting to adopt from the country, KARE-TV reports.

Putin signed the ban Friday. Among those impacted immediately by the action is Renee and John Thomas, who live near Lake Minnetonka.

According to KARE, the couple adopted their son from Russia and have been in the process of adopting his younger biological brother since 2009.

Also caught in limbo are Rachel and Ben Minks from Andover, who have been trying to adopt two Russian sisters since 201o, KSTP-TV reports.

Putin's ban -- which will officially begin Jan. 1 -- is said to be the retaliation against the U.S. over a law targeting Russians deemed to be human rights violators, The Associated Press reports.

According to KSTP, Minnesota has the highest adoption rate of Russian children in the U.S.

See KSTP's report on the Minks' adoption struggle below.

See KARE's report on the Thomas' adoption troubles below.

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