Thursday, April 8, 2010

. . . and Another

Add one more to the disruption list -- Artyom:
An 8-year old boy arrived at a Moscow airport from the United States on Saturday morning. “I refuse him”, read the note the boy carried with him.

The Russian internet daily quoted the Russian representative on children’s rights, Pavel Astakhov, as saying the child had been earlier adopted in Russia by an American couple. The boy was adopted six months ago.
Can you still say, "Adoption is Forever," without the words sticking in your throat?


Pickel said...

No Way! I can't believe someone would do that. There are so many ways to track that family and prosecute them for neglect, endangerment, etc.

How could someone possibly do that when there are so many other ways to help a child?

LisaLew said...

I also have trouble believing that story. I think it must be propaganda - I'd need proof to really believe it!!!

JennyT said...

It is a true story and has been reported on several reputable Russian newspapers. The problem is, it hasn't really been picked up by the English press. The adoptive mother's name and the agency are given.
Not sure what is meant by "propaganda"?
When we were in Russia adopting, parents had "returned" the child to the orphanage several days after court, leading to huge delays and headaches for parents who came after them.
There is much more information on this story on if you are interested.

Elizabeth@Romans8:15 said...

feeling sick......

LisaLew said...

JennyT - probably "propaganda" is not the best term. I am always on alert in foreign press for "Anti-Americanism," in most situations I withhold judgment until I have all the facts.

This is just so sad and very, very difficult to digest. What an awful story, to think of this boy on a plane back to Russia with no future, nothing.