Joelle Ziemian’s daughter, Alina, is one of the last children adopted from Russia before its ban on American adoptions. Many other prospective adopters, and the children waiting for them in orphanages across Russia, are now in limbo.
Jan. 3, 2013Joelle Ziemian scoops up a giggling Alina, her adopted daughter. Ziemian adopted Alina, who will be 3 years old in February, from Russia on the day that President Vladimir Putin signed a bill banning U.S. citizens from adopting the country’s children. Ziemian and 12 other American families in Moscow were terrified they would lose the kids they had worked for years to adopt.Katherine Frey/The Washington Post