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Family Has Adopted 4 Romanian Siblings, Wants 5th

Posted May 19, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— A Wake County family is fighting to get a teenage boy out of Romania. Allen and Regina Alexander adopted a child there six years ago and later discovered he had four brothers and sisters. One by one the family has adopted the siblings, but the oldest has been left behind.

U.S. immigration laws say he's too old to be adopted. Regina Alexander says she's very upset that it's her own country barring the way.

The Alexanders get emotional when they talk about 17-year-old Viorel. They have adopted four of his siblings and want to adopt him, but because he is over 15, by law the U.S. government will not allow them to bring him to America from Romania. Viorel's sister says the Alexanders have given her so much that she's never had before, and she wants her brother to experience the love she has found.

Lutheran Family Services is the local agency that handles many foreign adoptions. Social Worker Susan Bokor Nodas says the Alexanders case is unusual and one that doesn't have an easy solution.

The Alexanders have written local congressmen and applied for a variety of visas with no success. Viorel writes and calls his adoptive family on a regular basis. Regina Alexander says it haunts her.

The Immigration and Naturalization Service says that it cannot change the law for the Alexanders. They say their only option is to apply for a visa for the teenager, but they have done this and been denied several times.