Russia Threatens Freeze On U.S. Adoptions After Boy Sent Back Alone
April 9, 2010
(ChattahBox) – Russia is threatening a full freeze of all adoptions of their children to the United States after a series of cases of abuse, neglect and abandonment, most recently when a 7-year-old boy was sent back to Moscow on his own with a letter explaining the family no longer wanted him.
Artyom Savelyev was adopted by Torry Hansen, a 33-year-old woman from Tennessee.
Her mother, Nancy Hansen, had gone with her to Russia to adopt the young Artyom from an orphanage in September.
It was the grandmother who took him to Washington this week and put him on a plane to Moscow alone, a letter from his adopted mother claiming that he was unmanageable and potentially dangerous.
“He drew a picture of our house burning down and he’ll tell anybody that he’s going to burn our house down with us in it,” the grandmother said in an interview with the Associated Press. “It got to be where you feared for your safety. It was terrible.”
She claims that the adoption agency lied to both her daughter and herself, hiding his alleged psychological and emotional problems at the time of adoption.
“It is a monstrous deed on the part of his adoptive parents, to take the kid and virtually throw him out with the airplane in the opposite direction and to say, ‘I’m sorry I could not cope with it, take everything back’ is not only immoral but also against the law,” Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said in what is being called the “last straw”.
Russia has already been furious over the deaths of three adopted children that have recently occurred in the United States, including the case of a 7-year-old boy whose adopted parents have been arrested after his body was found malnourished, and with eighty injuries to his body, twenty of which were to his head.
They are threatening a freeze of all adoptions into the U.S. until new policies and agreements are made.