GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A movie tour to raise adoption awareness is coming to Grand Rapids.
The film 'Stuck' talks about adoption problems families are having bringing a child over to the U.S. The film "Stuck" is traveling to 60 cities in three months.
The hope is that the movie brings adoption awareness and reform. Currently, families who want to adopt children overseas say their children get stuck because of politics and red tape. While loving families are ready to give them a home, many never are able to leave the orphanage.
One West Michigan woman, Tanya Llorens, says she's in this exact situation. The child she wants to adopt is stuck in Russia because the Russian government decided to ban adoption half way through her process. The government did that because it isn't happy with some US families who never filled out follow up documents reporting how the child is doing, plus deaths some Russian faced after being adopted. Llorens says that has nothing to do wtih her family-- and in the meantime her child is stuck overseas, instead of in a loving home.
Tanya Llorens says, "We gave them our paperwork they approved us, picked out a child for us. We met him and signed out the paper work. Now they have a ban and we're not allowed to have any contact with him."
The movie is playing at AMC Star Theater on Alpine Tuesday night, April 30 at 7:00pm.