ENGLEWOOD-- Here's an interesting fact: The first child to be born in Moscow and adopted by a family in America is an Englewood resident.
Her name is Kayla Anderson, and she is now 21-years-old. In 1991, Kayla was given up by her biological mother in Moscow when she was only 21 days old. Kayla's original name was, Olga. In 1992, an American, Catherine Anderson, adopted the toddler.
"I never had children and I always wanted to have a child. It turned out to be a beautiful baby girl. She is the love of my life," Catherine said.
Kayla now studies criminology at Florida State. She says she is blessed with the opportunities she has received in the United States.
"It just makes me feel so good that I have a family here. If I was still over there, I would be in an orphanage," Kayla said.
That's why it angers her that President Vladamir Putin is considering banning children from Russia to be adopted by parents in the United States.
"It's really not fair," Kayla said. "When I heard about this law, I thought it was crazy."
Catherine could not agree more.
"There are so many loving families that can afford the experience and bring these babies to the U.S. and give them the lifestyle they would never have if they stayed in Russia," said Catherine.
Russia is the 3rd most popular country for U.S. adoptions. More than 60 thousand children have come to the United States from Russia over the last two decades.