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Russian adoption ban leaves U.S. families reeling

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Hundreds of American families are reeling tonight after finding out Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill banning all American adoptions.

Political experts said Russia is retaliating against America over our strong stance on human rights.

Today Channel 4 News talked to one local family who understands better than anybody what this is like emotionally.

Nearly one year ago to the day, Teri and Ryan Froman brought their 1-year-old son Maxim home from Moscow to a Christmas Eve welcoming party at Nashville International Airport.

"That moment of landing in Nashville to all of our family and friends was the most joyful time for us," said Teri Froman. "It was like, finally we could do a sigh relief and just see the joy on everyone's faces when they met him."

But even before their nine-month long struggle to get Maxim home, they already knew he was theirs.

"The second I opened up the file I knew that that was my son," said Ryan Froman. "There was no doubt about it."

In the year that's passed, they have become a family.

"He is an active, fun-loving little guy," said Teri Froman. "He loves to run and play and skip, and he's starting to talk a lot. It's really fun to spend time with him."

In fact, things were going so well, the Fromans were about halfway through the process of adopting a second child, a daughter.

It's a dream that's been turned upside down now that the president of Russia has issued a ban on U.S. adoptions.

"For us, it's heartbreaking because we wanted to build our families this way and for Maxim to have siblings from Russia," said Teri Froman.

But their heartbreak is nothing compared to the 46 families who are further along in the process. They have already met their child and were waiting to pick them up.

Right now they're in limbo, not to mention the children they were adopting who could go back to being orphans.

"As a father, it just rips my heart apart because I would do anything to get there and bring all of these children home," said Ryan Froman.

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