NORWALK - Many residents see Russia's new law banning Americans from adopting any more Russian children as a retaliatory move. This is due to the new American law that imposed travel and financial restrictions on human rights abusers in Russia.

Sources tell News 12 Connecticut that 50 American families were close to finalizing their Russian adoptions. These heartbroken families will now have to explore other options.

Immigration expert Alex Meyerovich, a refuge of the former Soviet Union, is calling on lawmakers to condemn the adoption ban.

Supporters of the ban in Russia claim that adoptive American parents have a reputation for being abusive. News 12's sources say that this charge is baseless and ridiculous.