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Russians furious with US adoption complications

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“Russia threatened to suspend all child adoptions by U.S. families Friday after a 7-year-old boy adopted by a woman from Tennessee was sent alone on a one-way flight back to Moscow with a note saying he was violent and had severe psychological problems.”

Nancy Hansen, the adopted grandmother of the child sent the 7 year old on a plane back home to Russia after the cild became increasingly violent, made threats, and endangered his adopted family.

“This child is mentally unstable. He is violent and has severe psychopathic issues,” the letter said. “I was lied to and misled by the Russian Orphanage workers and director regarding his mental stability and other issues. … “After giving my best to this child, I am sorry to say that for the safety of my family, friends, and myself, I no longer wish to parent this child.”

The Russian officials claim ” We have taken the decision … to suggest a freeze on any adoptions to American families until Russia and the U.S.A. sign an international agreement” on the conditions for adoptions”

This brings me to the question of , if you adopt a child that is questionably unstable mentally , and can harm its adopted family is it morally correct to “return” him?

This question reminds me of the recent movie “The Orphan” where a couple adopts a little girl from Russia who is actually an adult posing as a child who is determined to kill her new found family. Although this is a Hollywood hit, it is still a lingering thought in the back of adopted parents mind. If the child can potentially harm the family , and the relationship is not working out , i personally think the family has ever right to send the child back to the orphanage where the child came from. Even though it is emotionally hard for the adopted child, the family needs to protect themselves. I understand the anger of the Russian officials, but I think they are taking it a bit too far by cutting off all ties of adoption processes with the US. These circumstance were extremely rare and need to be taken into account before any rash decisions are made.

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Written by kaitlinwasylyk

April 15, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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