Local family of adopted Russian girl react to Russia's adoption - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Local family of adopted Russian girl react to Russia's adoption ban

Featured Videos

DRY CREEK, LA (KPLC) -

Pastor Sam Burchard reads the Bible story of the crippled man to his kids; four of them, ages 4-16. But for this Dry Creek family, this picture perfect life has had its struggles. 

"I had a daughter in 2001 that was stillborn and then the same doctor delivered my son who was basically dead at birth but he was revived," said Tammy Burchard. "Because of that he had the brain injury and passed away at three."

Learning the complications of having another baby naturally, they turned to adoption.

"We felt that it would be a little safer to go to a foreign adoption to explore that and in doing so we found Victoria," Sam said. 

That was in 2005, when Victoria was just three years old. The blue eyed, blonde haired Russian girl lived in and out of orphanages and hospitals alone.

"Before that, she was alone and when she was found there was nowhere to put her so she was in a hospital because there was nowhere else for about 6-8 months," said Tammy. 

Those are conditions the Burchards say orphans are still living in today in Russia. With Friday's announcement to ban American adoption of Russian children, they say only the children will suffer. 

"That's what breaks my heart," Tammy said. "Is all the kids that- the common Russian folk- can not afford their own kids and the orphans aren't going to ... they're not going to have a home."

For the hundreds of families forced to face the news that they can't bring home the kids they once promised they would, the Burchards point to God as a main source of strength. 

"It would be my hope that they understand that there is a God who loves children and wants to see them in homes and their trust in him can be bigger than a political decision," Sam said. 

"It's kind of equivalent to a miscarriage," said Tammy. "You thought it was going to happen you have the bedroom ready, you brought some of the clothes and it's just heart-wrenching.  If you're in that circle that you're friends or family to those people, you need to love them just as if they suffered a loss."

Copyright KPLC. All rights reserved. 

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Captain Nathan Keller retires from LCPD after 30 over years

    Captain Nathan Keller retires from LCPD after 30 over years

    Saturday, June 23 2018 7:31 PM EDT2018-06-23 23:31:14 GMT
    Captain Nathan Keller (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)Captain Nathan Keller (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)
    Captain Nathan Keller (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)Captain Nathan Keller (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)
    Lake Charles Police Chief Donald D. Dixon has announced the retirement of Operations Commander Captain Nathan Troy Keller. Keller has worked for LCPD since March 28, 1988. He began as a police officer, eventually becoming a patrol officer. He was transferred to the Investigation Division in 1991 and was later promoted to sergeant. He took on the role as patrol shift sergeant in 2002 where he supervised uniformed patrol officers. In 2006, he was assigned to the Community Policin...More >>
    Lake Charles Police Chief Donald D. Dixon has announced the retirement of Operations Commander Captain Nathan Troy Keller. Keller has worked for LCPD since March 28, 1988. He began as a police officer, eventually becoming a patrol officer. He was transferred to the Investigation Division in 1991 and was later promoted to sergeant. He took on the role as patrol shift sergeant in 2002 where he supervised uniformed patrol officers. In 2006, he was assigned to the Community Policin...More >>
  • One arrested after crash on I-10 near Welsh

    One arrested after crash on I-10 near Welsh

    Saturday, June 23 2018 5:45 PM EDT2018-06-23 21:45:41 GMT
    (Source: Kent P. Langley)(Source: Kent P. Langley)
    (Source: Kent P. Langley)(Source: Kent P. Langley)

    An arrest has been made after a two-vehicle crash on I-10 milepost 53.5 west of Welsh, according to Sgt. James Anderson with Louisiana State Police. Anderson says preliminary investigation revealed the driver of a Honda Accord lost control while heading west on I-10, crossing the median onto the eastbound side of the interstate. The driver of a Chevrolet Trax traveling east struck the driver's side of the Accord, causing the Accord to break in half. A passenger in the Accord had mod...

    More >>

    An arrest has been made after a two-vehicle crash on I-10 milepost 53.5 west of Welsh, according to Sgt. James Anderson with Louisiana State Police. Anderson says preliminary investigation revealed the driver of a Honda Accord lost control while heading west on I-10, crossing the median onto the eastbound side of the interstate. The driver of a Chevrolet Trax traveling east struck the driver's side of the Accord, causing the Accord to break in half. A passenger in the Accord had mod...

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Partly sunny and hot

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Partly sunny and hot

    Saturday, June 23 2018 4:17 PM EDT2018-06-23 20:17:05 GMT
    Triple digit feels-like temperatures for most of next week (Source: KPLC)Triple digit feels-like temperatures for most of next week (Source: KPLC)
    Triple digit feels-like temperatures for most of next week (Source: KPLC)Triple digit feels-like temperatures for most of next week (Source: KPLC)

    Through the rest of today expect skies to remain partly cloudy.  Unfortunately, this does not help our temperatures much as highs will get into the 90s and feels-like temperatures will be in the triple digits.  We do have a slight breeze along and south of the I-10 corridor between 5-10 mph helping to keep air flowing.  Tonight, temperatures will still be warm not dropping out of the mid 70s across southwest Louisiana.  

    More >>

    Through the rest of today expect skies to remain partly cloudy.  Unfortunately, this does not help our temperatures much as highs will get into the 90s and feels-like temperatures will be in the triple digits.  We do have a slight breeze along and south of the I-10 corridor between 5-10 mph helping to keep air flowing.  Tonight, temperatures will still be warm not dropping out of the mid 70s across southwest Louisiana.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly