Adoption Journey Part 2

Posted at: 02/14/2013 6:36 PM
By: Laura Lee

 (ABC 6 News) -- It's a story we first brought you Wednesday.

In a two part special, ABC 6 News follows a local family's adoption journey to bring their son home from overseas. However -- the journey doesn't end here for Dave and Cathy Berg.

Dave and Cathy berg have been married for 22 years. They wanted nothing more than to start a family.

"We waited as patiently as we did and we got to a point where we were just about ready to give up and think that we aren't going to have a family."

They found out they couldn't have children. However, fortunately, that wasn't the only card they were dealt.

"We were thinking we would be lucky if we had one," says Dave, "in just a matter of two years, we have two boys."

Through the European Children Adoption Services in the Twin Cities, the Berg's adopted Justin and Ethan from the Ukraine. ABC 6 News was able to follow the Bergs through their adoption process.

When they brought Justin home in 2011, they met Ethan, and when they brought Ethan home in 2012, they met Masha.

"That's a sure sign that we're going to be bringing her home," says Dave.

"I didn't realize how much I wanted a daughter until I spent time with her," says Cathy.

"Now we're looking at having three children all the same age," says Dave. All three children are 11.

They hope to bring their Ukranian daughter home sometime next year. But this time around, the adoption process may be more difficult.

Late last year Russia's President Vladimir Putin announced he is banning all adoptions to American families and there's a concern the Ukraine may follow suit.

"It's unfortunate for those kids that there not going to have the opportunities to be adopted whether it be in the united states or any other country," says Becky Laqua with Catholic Charities a local adoption agency in Rochester.

Russia is the third most popular country for Americans to adopt. According to the U.S. Department of State's adoption website, in 2011 there were 962 total adoptions in Russia compared to 640 in the Ukraine.

"It's just heartbreaking," says Dave. Because according to Dave and Cathy, the thought of not having Masha home with them, is too hard to bare.

Cathy says, "the sad thing is they lose hope and there's a sense of rejection as well and no child should feel that,"

Luckily for them, they may not have to worry about hiccups. Although Ukraine borders Russia, it is independent, so while adopting Russia's recent policy is possible, it's also unlikely.

"As far as I know, we've been in contact with our agency and they have reassured us this should not impact Ukraine because it's a different country and a different government," says Cathy.

If all goes well, Masha will get the chance to spend three weeks in Minnesota through the Hosting of Orphans Program sometime this summer.

Before becoming a permanent member of the Berg family sometime in 2014.

"I think Masha is the perfect finale to our adoption story."

If you would like to follow the Berg's Adoption Journey we've posted a link to their Facebook page.


For more information on European Children Adoption Services, we've posted a link to their website below.