Friday, April 9, 2010

Russia Seeks to Stop Adoptions to US After Adoptive Family Puts Child on Plane Alone

The New York Times is reporting on a shocking story about an adopted Russian 7 year-old whose adoptive family put him on a plane alone to send him back to Moscow.  The Russian foreign minister is calling for a moratorium on adoptions to Americans after learning of the incident.

The Russian government on Friday proposed suspending all adoptions of Russian children by Americans, reacting to a scandal over a 7-year-old boy who was put on a plane by himself this week and returned to Moscow with a note from his adoptive mother in Tennessee saying that she could no longer care for him.

The mother said in the note that the boy had severe psychological problems and that she was deceived by the adoption agency into accepting him last September.

The boy, Artyom Savelyev, arrived in Moscow on Thursday on a flight from Washington, and Russian immigration officials immediately took custody of him after he presented them with the note. The boy’s mother, Torry Ann Hansen, of Shelbyville, Tenn., wrote that, “I was lied to and misled by the Russian orphanage workers.”

Officials said Artyom’s adoptive grandmother accompanied him on a flight on Wednesday from Tennessee to Washington, and then put him on the flight to Moscow. It was not immediately known which adoption agency handled his case.

The Russian government on Friday proposed suspending all adoptions of Russian children by Americans, reacting to a scandal over a 7-year-old boy who was put on a plane by himself this week and returned to Moscow with a note from his adoptive mother in Tennessee saying that she could no longer care for him.

The mother said in the note that the boy had severe psychological problems and that she was deceived by the adoption agency into accepting him last September.

The boy, Artyom Savelyev, arrived in Moscow on Thursday on a flight from Washington, and Russian immigration officials immediately took custody of him after he presented them with the note. The boy’s mother, Torry Ann Hansen, of Shelbyville, Tenn., wrote that, “I was lied to and misled by the Russian orphanage workers.”

Officials said Artyom’s adoptive grandmother accompanied him on a flight on Wednesday from Tennessee to Washington, and then put him on the flight to Moscow. It was not immediately known which adoption agency handled his case.

The adoption of Russian children by foreigners is a highly sensitive issue here, with some suggesting that it shows that the country cannot care for its own.

Read the full NY Times story here and more media coverage here.

AC

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