International adoption is a lengthy, difficult process. Due to the Russian adoption ban, which went into effect more than a year ago, many prospective parents have been stuck in various stages of the adoption process. Some of these families have paid close to $50,000 and have already been to visit the child, prior to the ban going into effect. As you can imagine, once you have met the child and made the decision to adopt, it is difficult to give up. The ban as affected at least 1,000 families and Russian children. Some families are fighting back by petitioning drives, lobbying government officials, and filing protest complaints in the European Court of Human Rights. Other families have given up hope. To read more how the ban’s present implications in specific cases please visit: this article.