Russian adoption ban causes heartbreak for Milwaukee family

CREATED Dec 30, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - Wiet Crook and his wife, Carrie, were ready for their new adoptive sons from Russia this Christmas.
 
'Dresser was filled with clothes, and they had jackets, toys to play with. Whenever they came, they were ready to have their own room,' Wiet says.
 
But, 3-year-old Maxim, and his 4-year-old brother Anton never made it to open their gifts and meet their new American family, all because of politics.
 
'It's heartbreaking. Me and my wife both found out at different times,” Wiet says.
 
They learned Russian President Vladimir Putin banned Americans from adopting Russian children because President Obama is asking for sanctions against the country.
 
'We did not know that until approximately a week ago, that this was even to come about," Wiet adds.
 
It appears there is nothing they or the agency they've worked with to adopt, can do. Both brothers are in two separate orphanages and haven't seen each other in more than a year and a half. Wiet says bringing them to the states would make the boys a family again.
 
'Unfortunately - that hope is slowly slipping away,” Wiet says.