Dunlap Family Thankful for Adopted Sons

By Alyssa Donovan

December 28, 2012 Updated Dec 28, 2012 at 10:53 PM CDT

A Russian ban on Americans adopting Russian children will come into force on January 1, 2013. The political war will likely mean 1,500 children who were about to have new homes, will not.

Members of one Dunlap family say they are lucky to have their sons and feel for those who will not get to bring their children home.

Kris and Gregg McClelland adopted their two sons from Russia... Benjamin in 2010 and Timmy just this September.

Kris McClelland says, "They both transitioned amazingly well. It was amazing how they went from speaking no English to English."

The McClellands have a lot of support from their church and friends.
McClelland says, "We have a support group and we are part of that. There's training for new adoptive parents. There's financial support through our church and our friends. We sent out support letters and they helped us along the way."

The parents say it was their calling to help the orphans in Russia.

McClelland says, "We felt like we were called to the people and their situation. When they age out of the system they are just let out on the street. And we just felt like we had a lot to offer these kids."

And for 3 year old Timmy... What they can offer may be life saving.

McClelland says,"He's had two surgeries since he's been home in September. The last being 2 days ago. We know he would not have received the care in the orphanage that he has been receiving since he's been home."

Timmy had been over looked by several other adoptive parents because of his medical conditions.

Kris McClelland says, "He's doing good and Benjamin's doing good. It's amazing... it's just amazing. I can't even ever imagine the boys not being in our lives... I can't."

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