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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Adoption Reality: Adoption Scandals 2010 #NAAM

What is surprising to me is you really have to search hard to find adoption reality. This month is National Adoption Awareness Month (NAAM) and I am going to share more research I found when writing my memoir ONE SMALL SACRIFICE. There is a longer list of international adoption scandals on Wikipedia.   

Go here to read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_international_adoption_scandals

2010 International Adoption Scandals
  • United States and Russia - Russia temporally suspended all child adoptions by U.S. families after a 7-year-old Artyom Savelyev (Justin Hansen) adopted by a Tennessee nurse Torry Hansen was sent alone on a one-way flight back to Moscow with a note saying he was "mentally unstable".[9] After this incident Russian Children's Ombudsman Pavel Astakhov said: "We must, as much as possible, keep our children in our country".[10] The Chairwoman of the Russian parliamentary committee on family and children Yelena Mizulina meanwhile pointed out that 30,000 children were sent back to institutions by their Russian adoptive, foster or guardianship families in the last three years.[11]
  • United States and Russia - Russian officials called for a suspension of adoptions to U.S. parents after a Pennsylvania couple were charged for beating to death their adoptive child from Russia.[12] According to official Russian statistics, a total of 19 adopted Russian children have died worldwide as a result of beatings or negligence since 1991, while 2,000 children are killed every year in Russia itself due to domestic child abuse.[13]
  • New Life Children’s Refuge case. In the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, ten Baptist missionaries are arrested and charged with kidnapping. The group had gathered 33 children in devastated areas and intended to move them to a temporary orphanage in the Dominican Republic. The missionaries did not have proper authorization to take the children out of Haiti. It later became clear that most of the children were not orphaned.

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