Russian urges adoption freeze after boy age 7 returned alone

April 9 2010

Russia’s Foreign Ministry is calling for a suspension on the adoption of Russian children by Americans. This comes after a 7-year-old Russian boy Artyom Saveliev (Артем Савельев) was returned to Moscow alone, by his adoptive mother after just six months in the U.S.

Well when you adopt a child you are legally responsible for that child.

The parents of this child should be prosecuted.

You don’t just adopt a child and then throw the child on a plane and say you are finished with him.

Children are not like cloths that don’t fit you can’t just return them.

These people who ever they are, should not be parents , to any child ever again.

Update April 10 2010

Of roughly 60,000 Russian children adopted by parents in the U.S. since 1991, 15 have died at the hands of their adoptive parents, according to Kremlin officials and U.S. adoption experts. Last year, Russian authorities lambasted Washington after a Virginia man was acquitted in the death of his son, who died of heatstroke after being forgotten in a parked car for several hours.

Pavel Astakhov, the Kremlin’s ombudsman for children’s rights, said the boy, who he visited in the hospital Friday, has scratches and scars on his arms, but wouldn’t explain how he got them. Mr. Astakhov said he asked Artyom if his adopted mother beat him. “No, she didn’t beat me, but she was always pulling my hair,” Mr. Astakhov said Artyom told him. The adoptive grandmother didn’t hurt him either, but “she screamed so loud my ears rang,” Mr. Astakhov said Artyom told him. He said Artyom was tired and thin.

He dismissed Ms. Hansen’s allegation that Artyom was psychologicall y unstable. “That’s nonsense,” Mr. Asktakhov said. “I studied his medical history and the boy is absolutely healthy…He’s a very good and open boy. He brought a package of American cookies and immediately gave them out in the hospital.”

Mr. Astakhov said three Russian families have already expressed interest in adopting Artyom. Source

Previous adoption failures have increased Russian officials’ wariness of adoptions to the U.S.

In 2006, Peggy Sue Hilt of Manassas, Virginia, was sentenced to 25 years in prison after being convicted of fatally beating a 2-year-old girl adopted from Siberia months earlier.

In 2008, Kimberly Emelyantsev of Tooele, Utah, was sentenced to 15 years after pleading guilty to killing a Russian infant in her care.

In March of this year, prosecutors in Pennsylvania met with  Russian diplomats to discuss how to handle the case of a couple accused of killing their 7-year-old adopted Russian son at their home near the town of Dillsburg.

April 10 2010

Russia is threatening to suspend all adoptions of Russian children by US families after a Tennessee woman sent an adopted seven-year-old boy unaccompanied on a flight back to Moscow.

Artem Saveliev arrived in Russia with a note from the adoptive single mother saying she had made a mistake taking him and does not want him anymore. She claims he was mentally unstable and violent.

But Saveliev said the adoptive mother was abusive.

Russia’s foreign minister has called it the ‘last straw’ in a series of US adoptions that have gone wrong.

Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds reports from Washington.

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