Russia to halt U.S. adoptions amid domestic violence claims
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Foreign Ministry is asking the government to suspend adoptions of Russian children by U.S. nationals following an "incessant string of crimes" allegedly committed by American adoptive parents.
Russian authorities say that at least 17 Russian children have died in domestic violence incidents in their American families.
The Ministry said Saturday that the adoptions should resume only after Moscow and Washington sign an accord that allows Russian monitors to visit the homes of adopted children.
A Pennsylvanian couple was convicted in November of the involuntary manslaughter of their son adopted from Russia.
In 2010, a Tennessee woman sent her allegedly violent adopted son on a plane back to Russia — unaccompanied by an adult.
U.S. citizens have adopted nearly 50,000 Russian children since the early 1990s.
By the way, I would have a hard time letting Russian inspectors into my home. In court we did agree to abide to what ever laws were passed, but I would not let an inspector into my home without a social worker or the police. I would prefer to meet with them at a social workers office, to be completely honest. Little Bear is very uncomfortable about the topic of Russia, bordering on scared. He does not want to hear Russian and the idea of visiting was very frightening to him. I am concerned what a visit from Russian officials would do to him.
Also, I don't mean to minimize the death of a child because that is a horrific thing, but if there have been 50,000 adoption and 17 death that is .032% of adoptions. I hardly think that is an "incessant string of crimes."
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