RICHLAND HILLS – A North Texas couple planning to adopt a 5 year-old girl from Russia is now unsure if it will actually happen. Rob and Donna Thomas of North Richland Hills were just two months away from completing the adoption process of a girl they've named Ana Faith.
"We feel like she's already a part of our family," said Rob Thomas from the couple's spacious two story home.
They've been following news about a ban on U.S. adoptions from Russia, signed into law Friday by President Vladimir Putin. Many see the move as retaliation for a recent U.S. ban on Russians accused of human rights violations. The Thomas family said they are not interested in politics, but they find themselves in the middle of it.
"We're heartbroken," said Donna.
They've been in the adoption process for a year. Ana Faith's upstairs room is already prepared. It's attached to their master bedroom for easy access to the child, who lives with Down syndrome.
"It's not easy taking care of a kid with disabilities," Donna said. "It's a lot of hard work--just speaking from experience. So there have been a lot of tears wondering about her future, but our hands are tied at this point."
They are certainly hopeful the adoption will go through, but they're currently left with no guarantees. They were hoping by March they might have Ana Faith in North Texas.
"It's very difficult to be sitting here today talking to you instead of being over there holding her."