The adoption system in America is a wonderful idea, especially when it successfully places orphaned/needy children (no matter their origin) with caring, loving, forever parents. However, the system requires monitoring, and an adequate screening process for adoptive families. Wanting a child, and having a big enough bankroll ( $8,000-$40,000) should not guarantee you a child.
Many believe that prospective adoptive parents are carefully screened, and subsequently monitored to assure the health and well-being of the adoptee. Not so, as evidenced in the recent announcement by Russia to temporarily suspend adoptions to the USA. Note that the ban specifically targets America!
It’s wonderful that someone is finally taking note of the lackadaisical placement of children in American homes through adoption, and the astounding rate of adoptee abuse. Bravo, Russia for taking notice of what Americans ignore!
The article “Russia Considers Suspending Adoptions to US” at ABCnews.com reports that Russia wants an “accord to better measure the welfare of adopted Russian children in America.” This comes after a Tennessee woman put her Russian born adopted 7-year-old on a plane back to Russia, due to his violent behavior, and last November’s death of Nathanial Craver, a 7-year old Russian adoptee killed by his adoptive parents.
Russia is asking for regular visits to the homes of adopted children in the United States, and psychological testing of adoptive parents. Shouldn’t this be the standard for adoptions of ALL children, from ALL nations?
You can read more on these cases here:
The New York Times: Russia Attacks Sentence of Adoptee’s Parents
LI Families: A 2006 case of adoptee Russian adoptee killed in US