Skip to comments.Russians want child support from woman who returned adopted son
Posted on 01/27/2011 12:28:59 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. - An American woman who sent her adopted son back to Russia has been hit with a child support claim by an adoption agency, but her attorney asked a Tennessee juvenile court to throw the claim out.
Torry Hansen, who had been living in Shelbyville, sent the 8-year-old boy on a plane to Moscow by himself last April with a note saying that she didn't want to be his mother anymore because the child had psychological problems. The incident created an international uproar.
According to documents obtained by the Shelbyville Times-Gazette, Hansen's attorney filed a motion to dismiss child support claims made by Hansen's adoption agency, World Association for Children and Parents, in juvenile court in Shelbyville.
The newspaper reported Thursday that Russian authorities want Hansen to pay about $2,500 a month to care for the child, who is living in an orphanage.
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He became an American citizen the moment he touched American soil, he is her responsibility even though he wasn’t the perfect child she wanted. Basically, they are babysitting him - and cheaper than she would find in the US.
The newspaper reported Thursday that Russian authorities want Hansen to pay about $2,500 a month to care for the child, who is living in an orphanage.That's how much the Russians spend in their orphanages, $2,500/month/child?
He became an American citizen the moment he touched American soil...Because of the adoption?
There’s a difference between a “truobled” child and a seriously disturbed Violent Child...Still I don’t agree with the way she handled the situation. But the kid would have proably ended up in the Juvenille Court system anyways...Sad Situation all around.
No, he didn’t.
If certain conditions are met the child of a foreign adoption enters the US on a special visa which grants citizenship as soon as they (he in our case) touch American soil. No additional action is required of the adopting parent(s) ... the Certificate of Citizenship arrives automatically a few weeks later.
If you have to go a few thousand miles to find a mate or child,just maybe you have some other issues.
I did not know that.
Sounds fair to me.
After all, in America we have more than one case where a former husband, absolved of paternity via DNA, is nevertheless forced to continue child support, biological facts be damned.
Couple of options for domestic adoptions:
1. Have a ton of money - No problems
2, If #1 presents a problem, go with county / state agency. Be prepared to have your life / habits / beliefs examined and also to serve as foster parents for a time.
3. If #2 presents a problem, such as some reticence to open your whole life to the state or you hestitate to bring foster children into your home, foreign adoption becomes a relatively attractive option.
Because of the adoption?
When he set foot on American soil he obtained dual citizenship. Ordinarily an adoptee has until age 18 to renounce one or the other of his citizenships. I know this because I have an adopted Ukrainian child.
With Russian adoptions, the child maintains dual citizenship until he is an adult. When the child reaches adult age, he or she then has to relinquish the dual citizenship if they want. This is part of Russia’s policy for their adoptions - not the U.S.’s.
I adopted a child from Eastern Europe and I find your statement offensive.
Being "leery" of people who "have to go a few thousand miles" to adopt a child because they must "have other issues" shows a willingness on your part to make a negative judgment about thousands of people on the basis of little or no information.
If you had some personal experience of the lengthy delays, barriers, costs, and frustrations that form an obstacle to domestic adoption--- or if you had an idea of what it means to respond to the needs of a child anywhere who yearns for a mother and a father and a stable home --- I think your responses would be more well-considered and more favorable.
Just noticed your response! See mine at #17.
“Sorry but I am just leery of the whole “adopt a foriegn child” thing,...”
I’m with you on that. I don’t understand people like Laura Ingraham who adopted a Mexican girl and a Russian boy. A hundred years ago when American citizens considered themselves Americans, no problem. But now it seems that most people from a foreign country identify first with that country instead of America, no matter how their adoptive parents raise them. Just my opinion, I could be wrong...
Look, I’m tired of all the blame being heaped on this mother. Sure, she was naive in adopting this child. I hope her experience will serve as a warning to others.
But I’ve watched people throw their lives on the pyre of trying to help damaged people, whether children, spouses or others in their lives.
They don’t help these people. You can’t and they sacrifice their own lives.