Friday, April 9, 2010

American Woman Sends Her Adopted Child Back to Russia

Associated Press writers Travis Loller in Nashville, Joshua Freed in Minneapolis and Matthew Barakat in McLean, Virginia, contributed to this report.
04/ 9/10

"A top Russian official urged Friday that all child adoptions by U.S. families be frozen after a woman from Tennessee put her 7-year-old adopted Russian grandson alone on a one-way flight back to his homeland.

The grandmother...told The Associated Press ... that she put the child on a plane to Russia with a note from her daughter. She said the family paid a man $200 to pick the boy up at the airport and take him to the Russian Education and Science Ministry.

She said that boy had been violent toward his mother in the U.S.

A previous string of U.S. adoptions gone wrong – including at least three in which children died – had already made Russian officials wary. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called the latest incident the last straw.

The boy... arrived unaccompanied Thursday in Moscow on a United Airlines flight from Washington.

The Kremlin children's rights office said the boy... was carrying a letter from his adoptive mother... saying she was returning him due to severe psychological problems.

"This child is mentally unstable. He is violent and has severe psychopathic issues," the letter said.

The U.S. ambassador to Russia, John Beyrle, said he was "deeply shocked by the news" and "very angry that any family would act so callously toward a child that they had legally adopted." ...

The education ministry said it had decided to suspended the license of World Association for Children and Parents – a Renton, Washington-based agency that processed [the child's] adoption – for the duration of the probe.

Foreign Minister Lavrov said in televised remarks that the ministry would recommend that the U.S. and Russia hammer out an agreement before any new adoptions are allowed.

"We have taken the decision ... to suggest a freeze on any adoptions to American families until Russia and the USA sign an international agreement" on the conditions for adoptions and the obligations of host families, Lavrov was quoted as saying.

Lavrov said the U.S. had refused to negotiate such an accord in the past but "the recent event was the last straw.""

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