MOSCOW, Russia. With more than 50,000 adoptions of Russian children since 1991, foreign minister Sergey V. Lavrov has proposed a suspension on Americans adopting Russian children. The decision was made after what is being called “the last straw” when American mother Torry Ann Hansen, sent back seven-year-old Artyom to Moscow, who she adopted about a year ago. Hansen is a registered nurse from Shelbyville, Tenn. and has claimed that Artyom, who she named Justin, was “violent and has severe psychopathic issues.” She also feels as though she “was lied to and misled by the Russian orphanage workers.” Even though some 3,000 American families have begun the adoption process, the Russian Foreign Ministry has given no indication about how long this suspension will last.
While Torry Ann Hansen and her family believe Artyom was a danger to their family, Russian authorities feel as though he is just a normal boy. Russian authorities also believe Hansen to be an unfit mother who could not take care of the boy. The Russian authorities now have custody of the boy and said that he behaves normally and have harshly criticized Hansen for sending the boy back. Fourteen Russian children have died of abuse or bneglect at the expense of adoptive American parents since 1996 so therefore I think that it is fair that the Russians have suspended the rights of American parents adopting their kids. Although majority of children go to fit families and are very taken care of, the Russians need to show us Americans that this behavior will not be tolerated and adoption is not some sort of game. I would just like to know what kind of behavior Hansen has seen from this seven-year-old boy, Artyom. The child is only seven so I would really be interested in learning about the “psychopathic” behavior this child performed.