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On Monday, November 23, 2015 by PenelopeandLane in , ,


If you are involved in any way in the world of international adoption, you will have heard about the Russian Adoption Ban passed in December 2012.

If you haven’t heard what it is, you will know after watching this film. If you didn’t have all the facts surrounding the events, you will after seeing this. It will all be made glaringly obvious.

You will watch as Russian families, orphanage directors, politicians all share their views.

But be warned if you are an advocate of international adoption, you will also see the children we have advocated for still living in the orphanages. Still waiting for a family.

The layers upon layers of misinformation and political strategies are evident. As are those who are the pawns, paying the ultimate sacrifice for this international game of chess.

So many of us who have advocated and watched as the door was slammed shut on Russian adoptions have become apathetic. After all, how could we ever change this? 

I will tell you. Apathy never changed anything. Apathy never moved a single mountain.


The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.
Proverbs 21.1

I saw Kadyr. My Kyle. The child who’s eyes drew me in and I used in more of the RR graphics and promotional products than even Reece, was in the film. I wasn’t expecting it. When I saw his eyes after the ban and his transfer to institution the gentle and calm I initially saw was replaced by terror and then to hear of his death was heartbreaking. The family who had tried to adopt him prior to the ban, were devastated. To see him in this, it broke my heart into a million pieces once again.


If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14

There is also a little girl in the same orphanage as the girl the Morriss family had been adopting that is another of the children for whom I have advocated. So this is deeply personal to me on many levels. It is for the hundreds of families who were in process and had to leave their children behind when the ban happened.


The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth.
Psalm 97:5

I am asking you to pray for the children in Russia. I am asking you to pray that the exact right people will see this film and I’m going to ask YOU to see it and encourage your churches or other organisations to show it. I am asking you to consider these children, the least of these. I am asking you to be on your knees in prayer for these precious children.

The effective and fervent prayers of a righteous man avails much.
James 5.16b 

But, besides praying, it is so important that we continue to fight for these children. The three year anniversary of the ban is next month. Katrina has fought so hard and is an amazing woman, I am proud of all she’s done, despite it seeming like a very lonely battle. But know that she isn’t alone, there are many others who are also tirelessly fighting for these children.


Please watch the film. It is $3.99 to rent or $9.99 to purchase for in home viewing. The money helps further the promotion of the film.

It would be wonderful if churches and universities would show the film. The cost is $50 to publicly screen the film (in a church, university or library). Please contact Catndocs for a public viewing license (

Children of the State is now available to rent and purchase through Vimeo.
To publicly screen the film in your church/university/library, please contact Catndocs for a public viewing license.
Comments and reviews welcomed on film FB page.
Thank you for your support.

You can share this blog post, you can share the film from the Facebook page (

You can follow and share from the Parents United for Russian Orphans Facebook page (

Do something… 
Apathy never achieved a thing...

Thank you for taking the time to read this and for all you do to support Reece's Rainbow and the children for whom we advocate!
On Monday, November 16, 2015 by PenelopeandLane in ,