Russia Officially Freezes All US Adoptions
April 15, 2010
Russia (ChattahBox) – Russia has announced that they are officially freezing all adoptions Russian children to American parents, after a case of a seven-year-old boy became the latest in a string of abuse cases to arise from adoptions between the two countries.
The final straw came when Artyom Savelyev was adopted by Torry Hansen, who then sent him back to Moscow alone with a letter stating that he was violent and they could no longer keep him. She paid a man $200 in Russia to pick him up at the airport and take him to the Education Ministry.
The freeze is expected to last until the U.S. and Russia can formalize new policy changes in the way adoptions are handled, but it isn’t known how long that might be.
But both Russian and U.S. officials have said that they hope the problem can be fixed quickly, and a delegation has been sent from Washington to begin discussions.