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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- On New Year's Day, Americans will no longer be able to adopt children from Russia.

It's a measure that has torn at the heart strings of people wanting to begin families. But, child advocates say it may also help thousands of kids in the American foster system find permanent homes.

"One of our hopes is that it will raise awareness for adoption and fostering in the U.S.," said Craig Dinsmore, president of the Orphan Justice Center -- which helps kids transition from foster care to permanent homes.

"There are 200,000 kids waiting for adoption in the U.S. right now and they're are plenty of homes that could take kids in and so that's one of the hopes," he said.

Adam and Stephanie Skylar adopted three children last year.

"It's been an amazing process. We've grown to love them and they've grown to love us as a mom and dad," Adam Parker said.

On the downside, it would prevent kids like 4-year-old Lucy from being adopted into a permanent home in the U.S.

Craig and his wife, Linda, hoped to adopt her from Russia in September. They say their friends in Georgia had home to bring home a little boy from Russia in January, but the ban put their plans on hold.

"If someone told me that I couldn't get one of my children that it wasn't possible any more I don't know what I would do because whether we have the paperwork or not you start the process in your heart that they are your child," Linda said.

Russian children with disabilities could be available for adoption by Americans if a Russian parliamentarian moves forward with his plan to submit an amendment to the measure.

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