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April 14th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

To Russia, for love: Adoptive parents on edge as suspension threatened

Valera has lived nine years in a Russian orphanage and is weeks away from having a home.

Valera has lived nine years in a Russian orphanage and is weeks away from having a home.

Jessica Ravitz
CNN

Valera remembered being left in the Russian snow. How he lost his lower arms and some of his toes, he wasn't always sure. At times, he said he was in a fire. The truth of what the 14-year-old experienced in his early years, no one will ever know.

The orphanage where he lives said Valera was abandoned as a small child at a hospital in St. Petersburg, Russia. He had gangrene, the result of meningitis and an infection, which forced amputations. He was released to the orphanage in Nizhny Lomov, where he's waited nine years for parents and a home to call his own.

On Saturday, Stephen Jack and his wife, Christine, will leave their Goldsboro, North Carolina, home to fly to Russia, the final step in a 15-month journey they hope will give the boy what he's always wanted.

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  1. mosqwaukulite

    i couldnt say that russia ought to stop international adoptions to the u.s. based on one nut case abandoning and throwing away their kid internationally, but i would not recommend ANY state or country even entertaining the possibility of a child even travdling through north carolina, much less stay there, and ditto for south carolina and virginia
    those people as a whole as culture an a society are worse than any third world country could ever be- they have the resources to be evil

    April 14, 2010 at 12:54 pm |

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