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Hundreds of Ukrainian orphans set for adoption in the United States will encourage prospective adoptive parents to give authorities a loving home I'm stuck because I'm trying. American Jenny Bradshaw and her husband Holt, who accepted an eight-year-old orphan from Ukraine for a month at the beginning of

, are considering adopting from Ukraine about 200 people. Is a member of the "Potential Parents of Adoption" group.

These international hosting programs will bring children a break from institutional life and give them a small window into what a stable family life looks like. Designed 

Bradshaw and her family feel an immediate love bond with the girl they host, and Katya completes their family. Told. As soon as Katya returned to Ukraine, Bradshaw began her international adoption process.

Kayta, left, refers to the Bradshaws' two older daughters, twins Lauren and Elizabeth, as her American sisters.

The kita on the left is the two of the blood shows. Her daughters as American sisters, twins Lauren and Elizabeth, point to her sister. (Courtesy of Bloodshaw Family)

Volunteers are working to evacuate orphans in eastern Ukraine

{42 Then, while the process of taking Katya to the United States was underway,Vladimirputin began an invasion of Ukraine, and everything stopped.

All intercountry adoptions were immediately put on hold. Bradshaw and other families unable to complete the adoption process want to take their children to the United States and provide temporary shelter during the war in Ukraine.

Katya is from the Odesa region, which has experienced heavy bombardment from Russian troops since the start of the war on February 24th. Thanks to the Blood Show,Ukraine's Intercountry Adoption Coordinatorwas able to offer Katya. on the phone. Bloodshaw was able to keep in touch with her and find out that she was safe. Bradshaw was taking Russian lessons and Katya was able to speak some words in English.

"Lessons are usually enough to say," I love you. How are you? " I tell her how about her day. I ask in Russian and she answers in English. But right there, after the invasion, she said this funny word "Boina" several times. And I handed it over to the translator, and it was the word of the Russian war, "Bradshaw said.

They contacted virtually every day, and Bradshaw reminded Katya that her family hadn't forgotten about her.

First responders try to extinguish flames at a residential building in Odesa, Ukraine, July 1, 2022, following Russian missile attacks. 

First responders after a Russian missile attack July 1, 2022, Odesa, Ukraine.  (Ukrainian emergency service via AP)

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Located along the Black Sea in southwestern Ukraine, Odesa is a major port city and an integral part of the world economy. It is also the main target of the Russian army trying to control theUkrainian port city.

Just before Russia bombarded Odessa on a large scale, Katya evacuated to Romania in early March and temporarily lost her cell phone along the way. Bradshaw traveled to Romania in April and finally visited Katya for a few days.

And what she saw was disappointing.

"I saw Katya and other orphans playing in a pile of construction wreckage where stray dogs were roaming," Bradshaw said. After meeting her for several hours over four days, she learned from Romanian officials that she was no longer in contact with Katya.

"They won't write to her. They won't give her her luggage," Bradshaw explained. She couldn't even send her basic essentials such as underwear, socks, and pajamas, and was subject to a zero-tolerance policy from the authorities. Romanian officials will not reply to the text of her emailor relay the message to Katya, she said.

Bradshaw and her husband haven't talked to Katya for more than two months.

The Bradshaw family has not spoken to Katya in over two months. 

The Bradshaw family has talked to Katya for over two years. Not a few months.  (Courtesy of Bloodshaw family )


Family is Washington D in northern Virginia. C. Living just outside of, I contacted both US Senators — Mark Warner and Tim Kaine.But the Senator's office told her that the problem was one of "casework."

"Sen. Warner's office is aware of the ongoing problems surrounding adoption from Ukraine," a spokesman for Senator Warner of Diva said in her statement Fox News. Told digitally. Families are faced with this process and are working to facilitate communication during this difficult time.

Bradshaw also met with members of Kane's office, but made no progress.

"After the war in Ukraine, a group of parents facing problems during the adoption process met a member of Senator Kane's team," said Fox, a spokesman for Senkain in Diva. I told News Digital. We will seek additional information from the Biden administration on this issue and consider the steps we can take to address these issues. However, we were unable to provide much information. 

"It's like getting lost in a State Department hall," Lamented Bradshaw.

Katya and other children who come to the United States for a short-term hosting program do so on a nonimmigrant visa. According to the U.S. Department of State, children entering the United States on nonimmigrant visas are not eligible as orphans under U.S. immigration law, but Ukrainian law prohibits adoption of Ukrainian children outside Ukraine. increase. The Ukrainian government has expressed concern to the United States about moving children from Europe and traveling to the United States.

People cross the Ukrainian border to Siret, Romania, March 2, 2022, as they evacuate amid Russia´s invasion of Ukraine.

People are invading Ukraine as Russia invades Ukraine. On March 2, 2022, she will cross the Ukrainian border and evacuate to Siret, Romania. (AP Photo / Fernando Llano)

The problem is that prospective adoptive parents work directly with Ukrainian adoption agencies on individual cases. That's what you have to do. So basically it's not under the control of the US government. The Ukrainian Ministry of Social Policy announced on June 11 that the hosting program may be resumed, but not for children who are considered orphans. 

"We cannot adopt at this time. In situations like the current Ukrainian conflict, determine if a child who looks like an orphan is really eligible for international adoption or immigration. It can be very difficult. US law. "

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Bradshaw is currently not adoptable It keeps civil servants reminded of something. She wants to take Katya to the United States as a temporary shelter while Ukraine is still devastated by the Russian war

hosting a program Children like Katya who travel to the United States for a US non-immigrant visa, according to the State Department of the Ukrainian Government, are only valid for authorization and one-time entry into the United States and only during the narrow period of the program. Your child will need a new nonimmigrant visa to travel to the United States again.

Bradshaw and her other family want to provide a temporary rest and exclude children from the harsh living conditions throughout Europe.

"We all want to evacuate these children to our homes. Instead of evacuating in dire situations all over Europe, evacuate with our beloved family. I want, "said Bradshaw.

Kelly Dempsey, a lawyer representing some families, told Fox News Digital that "adoption is not possible at this time." 

"We believe these families are the only best tool for child protection available to these children, and the U.S. Government is working with Ukrainian authorities to help children. It advocates allowing them to come to the United States temporarily. Ukraine is protecting itself from Russia's invasion and under armed law. "

The Bradshaw family meet Katya for the first time at Dulles Airport last December. (Courtesy: The Bradshaw Family.)

The Bradshaw family first Katya at Dulles Airport last December. I met you. (Courtesy: Blood Show Family.)

Dempsey has made two specific requests to the US Government.

"Through the issuance of tourist visas, we officially and specifically invite children to the United States for respite care at the homes of their beloved American families who know and love them. I will, "she said. "And we support and encourage children to allow Ukraine to be released to travel to the United States on tourist visas."

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Despite the pressure campaign in Congress, anxiety remains humane to children in crisis and conflict zones Save the Children, an organization that provides assistance and has a team in Ukraine, is in good faith for many who are trying to adopt a child affected by the crisis, the organization told FoxNews Digital. .. Exiled by Putin's war of aggression.