On Special Assignment

Feb 27, 2013 7:44 PM by Dax VanFossen - KAJ News

MT Ranch for Kids involved in Russian adoption issue

EUREKA - The issues surrounding the adoption of Russian children into the United States have made national news for well over a year now, and has a very close to home feel for one children's ranch in Eureka.

Americans adopting Russian children has become a contentious issue and in December, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill into law that banned Americans from adopting Russian children.

Russian government officials, along with a television crew from Moscow, showed up at the gates of the Ranch for Kids in Eureka last June, alleging the Ranch was for unwanted children.

Ranch Owner Joyce Sterkel says she understands their concern, but every child has loving parents and the ranch is there to aid in their transition to American life.

"All of that took place, and now everything has died down, and we don't know where they're at, they're demanding, I'm sure, to come back and see these kids, there's only about 10 Russian kids."

The Ranch for Kids now faces a dispute with the State of Montana over building code issues. Reporter Dax VanFossen went on Special Assignment to learn more about the issue and will have more during the 10:00 News on the Montana Television Network.

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