Allow American Parents to Adopt Their Son’s Brother from Russia

Target: President of Russia Vladimir Putin

Goal: Permit John and Renee Thomas to adopt their son’s brother from Russia

Apart from land and sea, the only thing standing in the way of 7-year-old Jack Thomas’s reunion with his brother, Nikoly, is the Russian government. Recently, the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, signed a bill that prohibits American families from adopting Russian children. While children will receive the brunt of the punishment, the law has broken the hearts of American families that wish to adopt overseas.

The law is an alleged response to a human rights bill passed in America that singles out Russia in particular, consequently igniting nationalism and retaliation in the country. Still, it is the children that will suffer most, and the government seems so distracted by revenge that it will not consider the implications of the bill. Since the 1990s, more than 60,000 Russian children have been successfully adopted and cared for by American families.

The Thomas family especially is devastated by the prospect that their son and his brother, whom they have attempted to adopt for years, may be separated for a long time. In response to Jack’s requests, they have only been able to tell him that they’re “waiting for the call” from the government with approval for their adoption.

The call will never come now unless action is taken. The new adoption bill will not only delay current adoption processes, but has the potential to strand thousands of Russian children, who otherwise would have been adopted, in orphanages for the duration of their youth. While it is a tragedy that this may be the outcome for millions of children in the future, it would be especially tragic if the Thomas family was denied Nikoly due to this untimely legislation. Jack is his brother, and a family is eagerly waiting to bring him home.

Appeal to Vladimir Putin for Nikoly’s adoption, and urge the Russian government to allow the Thomas family to take their future son home. They have been attempting to adopt Nikoly for years now, and it is tragic that one bill may forever separate two young brothers.


Dear Vladimir Putin, President of Russia,

While the new adoption bill that you recently signed will harm more Russian children than it will punish American families, one boy in particular should be allowed to rejoin his brother in America. The Thomas family has been trying to adopt him for years now and has been prevented numerous times for insufficient reasons. The adoption bill is one more road block that this poor family must face in order to adopt Nikoly.

Adoption should not be such an ordeal for families. Since the 1990s, Americans have provided homes for more than 60,000 Russian children. If it must be so that these American people can no longer provide for Russian children, please allow this one family to adopt their son’s brother. It would be a tragedy for this child to grow up alone in an orphanage when across the world there is a loving family who wishes to give him a forever home. Please do this for the sake of a Russian child.


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