One Couples Five-Year Journey to Adopt Overseas
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Russia's new ban on US adoptions means some American families are now turning to other nations in the former Soviet Union. But as one New York couple found, red tape can quickly turn hope into a five-year saga of separation. (Feb. 1)

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SHOTLIST:AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYNew York - January 301. Wide, couple sitting on couch2. Wide, child's room3. Close, crib4. SOUNDBITE: Drew and Frances Pardus - Abbadessa, couple trying to adopt (transcript below)5. Wide, child's room6. Close, child's name on wall7. Close, paperworkPardus - Abbadessa family photo (must credit on-screen) - AP CLIENTS ONLYKyrgyzstan - date unknown8. Wide, family picture dad with adoptive child9. Wide, family picture mom with adoptive childAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYNew York - January 3010. SOUNDBITE: Frances Pardus - Abbadessa, trying to adopt (transcript below)11. Wide, crib12. Close, child's name on wall13. Wide, family in New York living room14. SOUNDBITE: Drew Pardus - Abbadessa, trying to adopt (transcript below)Pardus - Abbadessa family photo (must credit on-screen) - AP CLIENTS ONLYKyrgyzstan - date unknown15. Wide, family picture mom with adoptive child16. Wide, family picture dad with adoptive childAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYNew York - January 3017. SOUNDBITE: Frances Pardus - Abbadessa, trying to adopt (transcript below)18. Wide, couple sitting together19. SOUNDBITE: Frances Pardus - Abbadessa, trying to adopt (transcript below)20. Close, Drew Pardus - Abbadessa21. SOUNDBITE: Drew Pardus - Abbadessa, trying to adopt (transcript below)22. Wide, couple with their other adoptive son, Pavol. VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:FIVE YEARS AGO DREW AND FRANCES PARDUS - ABBADESSA (PAR-DIS - EPP -E- DESSA ) STARTED DOWN THE ROAD TO ADOPT A 9-MONTH-OLD BABY FROM THE COUNTRY OF KYRGYZSTAN.SOUNDBITE: Drew and Frances Pardus - Abbadessa, couple trying to adopt:"We were very excited because we thought we were going to go and bring him home by August. We built a room. We have his name painted decorated. His name is up."FAST FORWARD FIVE-YEARS AND A MOUNTAIN OF PAPER WORK, AND THE COUPLE IS STILL WAITING TO WELCOME FRANCESCO INTO THEIR FAMILY.SOUNDBITE: Frances Pardus - Abbadessa :"There's been so many starts and stops starts and stops we haven't gone any further."THE PROBLEM - THE KRGYZSTAN GOVERNMENT HAS HAD TO RE-WRITE THEIR ADOPTION REGULATIONS SEVERAL TIMES DUE TO WHAT THEY SEE AS CORRUPTION IN THE ADOPTION PROCESS. THE PARDUS - ABBADESSA'S (PAR-DIS - EPP -E- DESSA ) AGREE THAT THE SYSTEM NEEDS TO BE FIXED BUT FEEL REFORM CAN HAPPEN WHILE ALLOWING ADOPTIONS LIKE THEIRS TO GO THROUGH.SOUNDBITE: Drew Pardus - Abbadessa :" There no one who's be able to explain to me for any reason why it's best interest of this child or any other child to sit in an institution for five and half years while people still can't figure out how to make it work." THE COUPLE HAS VISITED FRANCESCO, WHOSE BIRTH NAME IS VLADIMIR, REGULARLY SINCE THEY STARTED THE ADOPTION PROCESS IN 2008.SOUNDBITE: Frances Pardus - Abbadessa :" Well, in the very beginning he was an infant. He was 9-months-old so we held him. We cuddled him. We would sing to him."THE COUPLE SAYS THEY HAVE NOT HAD CONTACT WITH FRANCESCO SINCE JULY 2012, BUT SAY THEY ARE NOT GIVING UP.SOUNDBITE: Frances Pardus - Abbadessa :"We feel very connected to him. We feel bonded to him. And I don't think I could ever abandon him. Then there is the practical reality of who else does he have."THE BEST THEY CAN DO NOW IS SEND HIM GIFTS AND HOPE. SOUNDBITE: Drew Pardus - Abbadessa : "He's our son. We've fought long and hard to try and make it happen. And we're going to make it happen it's just a matter of when."IN THE MEANTIME, THE COUPLE HAS ADOPTED PAVOL, AND HOPE HE AND HIS BIG BROTHER WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO GROW UP TOGETHER.END.