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Putin’s Adoption Ban Hits Senator Rubio Close to Home

By Javier Manjarres

Marco RubioRussian President Vladimir Putin has struck a personal nerve with U.S. Senator Marco Rubio after announcing “that he will sign a ban on U.S. adoptions of Russian orphans.”

Rubio, who is understandably upset, has asked President Obama to “forcefully condemn this action” and cited that over the past decade, “tens of thousands of loving American couples have adopted Russian orphans.”

 Senator Rubio speaks from the heart on this issue because several years ago, his own sister Veronica was able to adopt twin daughters from Russia.

 “I’m deeply concerned by President Putin’s announcement that he will sign the ban on U.S. adoptions of Russian orphans, and urge the Obama Administration to forcefully condemn this action. Over the last decade, tens of thousands of loving American couples have adopted Russian orphans, providing unconditional love, support and a quality of life otherwise unimaginable in Russia’s crowded orphanages.

 In addition to helping thousands of families, these international adoptions have brought our two nations’ people closer together and served as a symbol of our growing friendship. Now, President Putin’s adoption ban will not just deprive thousands of Russian orphans of a better life, but will cast further doubt on his commitment to human rights. The Obama Administration should make clear that we will not tolerate orphaned children being treated as political pawns.”-Senator Marco Rubio

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators. Javier has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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  • Holly Hale-Haug

    I adore Senator Rubio and agree the Russian orphans deserve a better life. But, I also believe there are hundreds/thousands (maybe more) American orphans (not typically babies) who need homes. Older kids in foster care still need mommies and daddies. Maybe we need to encourage Americans to rescue their own and make it easier to adopt.
    Keep up the good work, Senator. The CA Conservatives adore you.

    • http://Willowbee Shirley Stealey

      I agree. I admire Sen. Rubio a great deal. I’m even hoping one day he may run for President, but, I also think we have so many children in our own country that need homes and loving parents that citizens need not go outside the country to adopt a needy child. In fact, I never did understand why people put the needs of another country in front of our own, not that I don’t feel for these other children. But, charity does or should begin at home.

  • Whats_Up

    This is so sad. And my heart goes out to those American parents wanting to adopt Russian orphans. I agree with Senator Rubio – President Obama needs to forcefully condemn Putin’s decision …by stomping his foot twice!

    …Javier – did I do better for your liking …bleeding heart and all?

  • Ana Gomez-Mallada

    You can take the boy out of the KGB, but you can’t take the KGB out of the boy.

    • John G Henke

      I hear that when Putin was 15 years old he went to the KGB to volunteer. They told him you don’t look for the KGB, they look for you. When he was 18 they came and found him.

  • Michele

    10,000 loving couples AND singles, Senator Rubio. Families come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

  • Alicia Davidson

    Senator Rubio-
    Thank you so much for your voice in this matter. I am not from Florida, however, I am one of the 46 families in Limbo and I appreciate any efforts towards bringing my little girl home.
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    Alicia Davidson
    Alexandria, MN

  • Joan of Argghh

    I personally applaud Putin’s compassionate desire to not saddle Russian children with our soul-crushing debt.


    Seriously. We on the Right need to learn how to play this game. We keep reacting on the face of things without seeing where the weaknesses lie. Judo, people. Judo.

  • John G Henke

    Well, this is a hard issue. But I think I have to ride with President Putin on this one, (I’m sure he’ll be relieved to know that).

    Look at it from his eyes. In the tradition of Russia going way back, a Tsar, Charmin, Dictator or President is viewed as the nation’s Father. He is responsible for the wellbeing of all of the people that live there. Russian American relations have had some real bad bumps over these adoption issues. In Russia the kids are basically being sold to foreigners.

    Also there is the thought of selling the kids to a country whose “government” literally amounts to the largest and most violent criminal organization on Earth. This is a country whose “government” is engaged in all out treason against its own nation and war on its own people. This is a nation whose economy is descending to certain collapse and a society heading for certain chaos as a result. Do they really want to send Russian children to a place like this? I think not, and I think the Russians are capable of solving their own problems and looking after themselves without any “help” from the Americans.

    The main reason Americans go abroad to adopt children is because of the monstrous government bureaucracy here. You have to wade through tones of people whose only job is to justify their useless made up make work government job. And you have to give them piles of money at every step. When the government got involved is when adoption became so difficult here, as to drive Americans to other countries.

    • sarah

      My brother and his wife spent, literally, over $100k about 16 years ago to adopt their precious Russian daughter.
      When they FINALLY were allowed to take her home from her “orphanage” (Read “asylum”), where she had languished for the first eighteen months of her life in a cage—she was malnourished and had rickets, ringworm and head lice —hence her shaved head which caused her to resemble a tiny, little Vichy collaborator.
      Eventually, the Russians WILL bend on this issue because “baby selling” is a hugely profitable industry there.
      This is nothing more than Putin having a little fun—-jerking rich Americans around.
      He is a vicious and truly wicked man.

      • John G Henke

        There is a really good movie called the “Italian”. It’s filmed at a real Russian orphanage, and about a boy who seeks to find the mother that abandoned him. It has a happy ending, but it is after all, a movie.

  • Lorena

    Thank you, Senator Rubio, for always speaking on behalf of those whose voices cannot be heard. People in this country do not know that a number of Russian babies die in orphanages during the winter months for lack of heating… Where are those human rights advocates?

  • Nobody’s Fool

    Allow someone with experience to speak to the adoption of Russian children. I have two grandsons from Russia. Both are affected with FAS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome), as are 90% of the adoptable Russian children. This is a nightmare that never ends. My daughter’s life is in shambles because of these boys. One has rages that might break out in church, the grocery store, or in the car (thank God he is strapped in). So many many problems. My daughter and son-in-law fear for their lives, and take every precaution to remove all possible weapons from their grasp. There is no help–CPS does not want to pick these children up because they have no foster homes that will accept children affected by FAS. The police don’t know what to do with them–they are 11 and 12, they can’t throw them in jail, and with funding cuts, mental hospitals (a horrible option anyway) are unable to accommodate them. They will only get worse, can never be expected to meld into society and be productive citizens. I would never recommend this avenue of adoption. And don’t think it is cheaper!! It cost my daughter & her husband over $30,000, and they were told in addition to that to bring $10,000 cash for bribes. That’s exactly what they were told. I am thrilled for Sen. Rubio’s sister if she got two unaffected kids. But for Russia to foist their damaged children on unsuspecting adoptive parents from America is unacceptable. Putin probably has the wrong motive for banning future adoptions to America, but I applaud it for the above reasons. I could write a book on how our lives are all affected by these kids. We love them, but they don’t love us back–they are incapable of emotion. If you are thinking of adoption, please, do it domestically, not internationally. I worked in adoption for 10 years (domestic) and tried to dissuade my daughter from going to Russia. Now we all pay.

  • http://HF7U Special Operator

    The Russian President came up through the ranks by being a vicious murderer……………….don’t be surprised by anything he does. And, he was trained to “spot weakness” and pounce on it………..Obama must be a “thrill” for Putin……………he can do anything he wants and there is “no price to pay”!!!!!!!!!

  • George Blumel

    In the US Federal and State laws’ complexities give birth parents certain rights before, during and after the adoption process that could interfer at some point with the adopting family. Russian adoption –which our family has experienced– is final: the child is unequivically our child. No birth parents coming after you sometime in the future.
    It is true that it is quite expensive and requires several trips and a few bribes but, as mentioned by Marco and others above, and definitely in our case, well worth it. Sorry about the one desribed that didn’t turn out well but I know of stories like that with US adoptions, too.

  • Dan

    this is an odd ban but then I remembered Putin has a demographics problem. Russia it seems has a birth rate of around 1.55 that’s not enough for the population to remain stable let alone grow. Russia also has one of the highest abortion rates in the world, along with the highest instances of STD’s, alcohol and drug use. So not only are the Russian people not bothering to have kids but when they do they pack them off to some orphanage so mom (and dad?) can go off and get hammered and pick up syphilis somewhere. Maybe it hurts Putin’s feelings that a kid adopted by a country that’s hell bent on committing national suicide due to debt is still better off there than in good old mother Russia.