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This December 2012 photo provided by the family shows, from left, John, Jack and Renee Thomas at their home in Minnetrista, Minn. Jack was adopted from Russia in 2008. At the time the Russian ban on adoptions by Americans was imposed in 2013, the family was trying to adopt Jack's biological brother, Nikolai.

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Russia's ban on adoptions by Americans holds firm

A year after Russia imposed a ban on adoptions by Americans, some affected U.S. families are reluctantly looking elsewhere to adopt. Others refuse to abandon flickering hopes of uniting with the Russian children who won their hearts.

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