News12 at 11 o'clock / Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on Friday that bans the adoption of Russian children by U.S. families. The law goes into effect Jan. 1, and many families here in the States are in shock.
Linda and Ray Trumbauer are the proud parents of five Russian children. The Trumbauers adopted their first child, Ryan, from Russia in 1999, and it was true love from the start.
"We both had taken an evening and sat down and picked children out of these pictures. We each picked four. The only one we had in common that we picked was Ryan, " said the Trumbauers.
One child wasn't enough for the Trumbauers, though. Neither was two or three. All together they adopted five kids from Russia -- and at a high price.
"I would say probably about $100,000," he said.
While the cost may sound high to some, Ray says he doesn't care about the money. Instead, he is more concerned with what Russian President Vladimir Putin did, and Ray has just one question for him.
"If it were you, and you were a young boy in an orphanage, would you not want a family of your own? And just be honest with him," he said.
While the Trumbauers couldn't be happier with their children, they don't want other potential adoptive parents for Russian orphans to lose hope.
"It's a long haul. It's very frustrating. And I would just tell them to have faith and it's well worth it in the end," he said.
The Trumbauers have encouraged the children to learn about their Russian culture. While the kids enjoy that, two of the siblings had one answer when I asked if they liked America.
"Yea!" they responded.
And when I asked the parents if they are planning on adopting any more children ... "No. We've got grandchildren now and loving them," said the Trumbauers.
Earlier this month, President Barack Obama placed sanctions against Russia in a response to human rights violations, which many believe led Putin to sign this law in retaliation to America.