- May 8, 2008
- Type me.
MOSCOW -- 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, Nancy Hansen, told The Associated Press from her home in Shelbyville, Tennessee, 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.
Interesting case. Details are scant, but I'd like to hear opinions on the general theory: would disrupting an adoption be the right thing to do under any circumstances? If so, would it be more appropriate to turn the child over to U.S. authorities, or to return shim to the country of origin (assuming that the situation was a result of a corrupt foreign agency)?