NEENAH, WI (WTAQ) - The son and daughter-in-law of Wisconsin Congressman Reid Ribble are caught in the middle of the Russian adoption controversy.
Jared and Krystal Ribble of Neenah have filed paperwork to adopt 8-year-old Alina, who lives in a Russian orphanage just east of Moscow. But the adoption was held up after Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a new law which bans Americans from adopting Russian children.
There have been complaints in the past about U.S. parents abusing kids from Russia. And some have reportedly viewed the ban as retaliation against a new U.S. law which demands sanctions against Russians who are known to violate human rights.
The U.S. State Department says Russia has not provided any details on what the ban means for families like the Ribbles, who were in the normally-long adoption process before the ban took effect a week ago.
Krystal Ribble tells the Appleton Post-Crescent, “I feel like (the girl) is on a chessboard,” and the Russians are “using her for their game. She’s just a child.”
The Ribbles are among 70 families with a group called Reece’s Rainbow, to see if they can get their adoptions moving again.
Congressman Reid Ribble, a Republican from Sherwood, said he was extremely proud of his son and daughter-in-law, and the compassion and kindness they’re showing.