Adoptive Parents React to Russia’s Adoption Ban



Thirteen years ago, Mark and Meg Wolnik adopted their daughter, Molly, from Russia.

“I can’t conceive children, which I’m fine with. So, we went through the United States. The United States made it very hard,” said Meg Wolnik.

The whole process took about eight months, once the couple opted for an international adoption.

“It was extremely scary, leaving the country and going to Russia,” said Mark Wolnik.

“It was scary and great. I mean, all the sudden I have a baby,” said Meg Wolnik.

“It’s the best thing we ever did in our lives. I wouldn’t trade it for anything, ever.  We got the best daughter we could have gotten. We couldn’t’ have produced a better one ourselves. She’s the light of our lives,” said Mark Wolnik.

“It’s almost like God said, ‘here’s a gold platter and here’s your perfect kid. Here’s the child Meg Wolnik can handle and here she is,’” said Meg Wolnik.

“I like showing all my friends the pictures in the photo albums, and saying I’m from this place, not here,” said Molly Wolnik.

Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill, banning Americans from adopting Russian children. The act puts the prospective adoption of more than 50 children into jeopardy.

“We were watching the news the other day and we saw that and it was just heartbreaking to see those families on TV,” said Mark Wolnik.

“It would have been my worst nightmare come true,” said Molly Wolnik, when asked how she would have felt if this happened 13 years ago.


5 Comments to “Adoptive Parents React to Russia’s Adoption Ban”

    Gracie said:
    December 28, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Molly is my best friend! So happy she was adopted and sad no more will get the same opportunity! Gracie

    Rebecca said:
    December 28, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    So happy to know that love u Molly didn't know where u were from but knew u were adopted love bye girl

    John Carney said:
    December 30, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Buy American.

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