Russia May Suspend US Adoptions
Officials want more monitoring of children's welfare
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2012 1:45 AM CST
Kids with HIV sit on potties in a Moscow orphanage.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Russian officials concerned about treatment of children adopted by Americans are considering suspending all adoptions by US citizens. The Foreign Ministry is weighing the suspension until a new accord with the US is signed allowing officials to better monitor the welfare of children taken to America, reports ABC News. Adoptions were temporarily halted in 2010 when a Tennessee mom put her 7-year-old son on a plane, alone, to Russia with a note pinned to his shirt saying she was returning him because he was "mentally unstable." Another couple was convicted of involuntary manslaughter last year in the death of their 7-year-old adoptive Russian son. They're already out of prison. US citizens have adopted close to 50,000 Russian children in the last 20 years.

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Spudsy
Feb 13, 2012 12:10 PM CST
There are plenty of American children that need families.
plain_speaking
Feb 13, 2012 9:09 AM CST
Sad all around....in the past...I don't know about now...many of the children coming from Russia had problems due to the horrible conditions they were kept in...some problem may follow them though out their lives...I think many adoptive parent were not adequately informed and had unrealistic expectation.