Family in Limbo after Russia Bans US Adoptions

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Michelle Mosley has quite a collection of clothes and toys. They're Christmas presents she and her husband, Paul, were gathering for a little one who would soon join them.

"We've always wanted to adopt. It's always been in our hearts, and we decided this was the time," Paul said.

The Christian couple from Nebraska has a blog site telling of their wait for Artem, a 6-year-old boy who has spent his whole life in a Russian orphanage.

His mother gave him up when she learned he had Down syndrome, but it was love at first sight for the Mosleys.

CBN News's George Thomas spoke with Sergey Rakhuba, president of Russian Ministries, about the reasoning behind the law and the impact it will have on Russia's orphans. Click play to watch that interview.

"The moment he walked in, we knew he belonged in the family," Paul recalled. "You go along in your life and you know something's missing, or someone's missing in your family, and when we met him, we knew that piece was fulfilled."

Michelle agreed.

"When you hear about his story and you start connecting and reading more about him, it's hard for me not to think about him, not really want to take care of him," she said. "So I knew he was the one, too, because you get connected to these kids."

"Even though you can't see them on a daily basis, you read their story and wish that you could help them out," she added.

The couple has endured extensive FBI background checks and spent up to $50,000 to make Artem part of their family.

They had just one more court date. Then the Russian parliament passed a law in December banning U.S.-Russian adoptions, and President Vladimir Putin signed it into law, leaving the Mosleys in limbo.

"When the law passed, it was hard to tell my daughters that we might not get him," Michelle told CBN News. "So then to have to tell them that we might not get him because of politics - that's the tough thing to break to anybody."

"You know, that we have no control over this, and it's just retaliation, and the innocent suffer," she said.

The Mosleys say they will work for years if necessary to get Artem, even though they're greatly saddened by the Russian law.

"We'll wait," Michelle vowed. "You can't stop loving him. Once you meet him and you get to know him, you can't just make my heart and my mind just stop, forgetting about him. So we'll wait. You can't make me forget about him. If it's five or its 10 years, we'll get him then."

The Mosleys hope that since they registered for Artem before Jan. 1, the Russians will still approve their adoption. In the meantime, they wait for a court date to determine the next step.

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