Picking up Artem Savelyev, agency may be denied accreditation

Date: 2010-04-09
Source: rian.ru

Automatic translation of original Russian text

Plot: The situation with the return to Russia of the Child, adopted in the U.S.

By Petr Chernov

MOSCOW, April 9 - RIA Novosti. The Russian side will raise the issue of withdrawal of accreditation of the American agency involved in your device in an American family of eight boys Artem Saveliev, who returned to Russia on Thursday in connection with the rejection of his adoptive mother , told reporters on Friday authorized under President of Russia on Rights of the Child Pavel Astakhov.

Artem's mother has been deprived of parental rights in Primorye , and the boy was sent for training in the orphanage. About six months ago, it adopted a U.S. citizen Tori Hansen, but before the child without adult supervision flew to Moscow with a note stating that to abandon it.

"We will raise the issue of withdrawal of accreditation agency World assotsieshn for Children End perens" in charge of adoptions Artem ", - said Astakhov.

1. He said that the main office of this agency located in Connecticut, and its representation - in Moscow, at Leninsky Prospekt, building 1. The agency accredited in Russia.

According to Astakhov, two weeks ago, the agency sent a report with pictures of Russia, which depicted a smiling Artem.

"However, the boy said that his mother dragged him by the hair permanently, "- said children's ombudsman. He noted that the boy's body was discovered traces of blows or bruises, only the "old scars.

In addition, according to Astakhov, Artem did not go to school and "decided at home examples of his older brother." We adopted him Tori Hansen was his own son, a ten-year boy.

According to the commissioner, the child now needs psychological help , because any memory of the mother is the boy's tears.

Astakhov believes that giving Russia a child for adoption a single mother was not well thought out. "The mother must answer for child abuse under U.S. law," - he said.

The Ombudsman also reported that Artem arrived in Russia on 8 April with an expired visa, expired April 4, 2010. The child was flying to Moscow two flights with a change in Washington.

"I do not even border any questions, why the boy flying on an expired visa, where he flies, why flying alone, without adult supervision?" - Astakhov said.

In his view, the U.S. must make a legal and a legal assessment of actions of border guards, customs, aviation companies and the adoptive mother of the child.

As stated on the official site of the agency, in 1993, World Association for Children and Parents (WACAP) became the first agency, which has received permission to organize a family of Russian orphans from the Far East. Over 17 years of work WACAP transferred to the device in 850 American families of children from Russia.

The Agency is registered as a non-governmental organization in the Ministry of Justice, and is accredited by the Ministry of Education and Science.

As noted on the site, WACAP has offices in Moscow and Vladivostok, which has 11 employees. Mainly for adoption through an agency get children from Tatarstan, Novosibirsk, Primorsky Krai and Sakhalin.



Original Russian text

Подобравшее Артему Савельеву семью агентство могут лишить аккредитации

Сюжет: Ситуация с возвращением в Россию ребенка, усыновленного в США

МОСКВА, 9 апр - РИА Новости. Российская сторона будет ставить вопрос о лишении аккредитации американского агентства, занимавшегося устройством в американскую семью восьмилетнего мальчика Артема Савельева, который вернулся в Россию в четверг в связи с отказом от него приемной матери, сообщил журналистам в пятницу уполномоченный при президенте РФ по правам ребенка Павел Астахов.

Мать Артема была лишена в Приморье родительских прав, а мальчика отдали на воспитание в детский дом. Примерно полгода назад его усыновила гражданка США Тори Хансен, но накануне ребенок без сопровождения взрослых прилетел в Москву с запиской, в которой говорится, что от него отказались.

"Мы будем ставить вопрос о лишении аккредитации агентства "Уорлд ассоциэшн фор чилдрен енд пэрэнс", занимавшегося усыновлением Артема", - сказал Астахов.

Он сообщил, что основной офис этого агентства находится в Коннектикуте, а его представительство - в Москве, по адресу Ленинский проспект, дом 1. Агентство аккредитовано на территории РФ.

По словам Астахова, две недели назад агентство прислало в Россию отчет с фотографиями, на которых был изображен улыбающийся Артем.

"Вместе с тем, мальчик рассказал, что мама таскала его за волосы постоянно", - сказал детский омбудсмен. При этом он отметил, что на теле мальчика не было обнаружено следов побоев или ушибов, только "старые шрамы".

Кроме того, по данным Астахова, Артем не ходил в школу, а "решал дома примеры со старшим братом". У усыновившей его Тори Хансен был родной сын, десятилетний мальчик.

По словам уполномоченного, ребенку сейчас необходима психологическая помощь, потому что любое воспоминание о матери вызывает у мальчика слезы.

Астахов считает, что отдавать российского ребенка на усыновление матери-одиночке было не продумано. "Мать должна ответить за жестокое обращение с ребенком по американским законам", - заявил он.

Омбудсмен также сообщил, что Артем прилетел в Россию 8 апреля с просроченной визой, срок ее действия истек 4 апреля 2010 года. Ребенок летел в Москву двумя рейсами с пересадкой в Вашингтоне.

"У пограничных служб даже не возникло вопроса, почему мальчик летит с просроченной визой, куда он летит, почему летит один, без сопровождения взрослых?" - сказал Астахов.

По его мнению, США должны дать правовую и юридическую оценку действиям пограничной службы, таможни, авиационной компании и приемной матери ребенка.

Как говорится на официальном сайте агентства, в 1993 году World Association for Children and Parents (WACAP) стало первым агентством, которое получило разрешение устраивать в семьи российских детей-сирот с Дальнего Востока. За 17 лет работы WACAP передало на устройство в американские семьи 850 детей из России.

Агентство зарегистрировано как негосударственная организация в министерстве юстиции РФ, и аккредитовано при министерстве образования и науки РФ.

Как отмечается на сайте, WACAP имеет офисы в Москве и Владивостоке, в которых работают 11 сотрудников. В основном на усыновление через агентство попадают дети из Татарстана, Новосибирска, Приморского края и Сахалина.

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it's really sad that this

it's really sad that this happens..but was that really agency's mistake? i believe that the agency checked Tori Hansen before giving her a child, 'cause it's not a thing you can easily receive and then give it back. i think that Tori wasn't right, and i think that the agency and Tori are not the ones to blame...

who is to blame?

The agency involved in this adoption was World Association for Children and Parents (WACAP), which has its offices in the state of Washington (and a branch offfice in NYC), while Tori Hansen lives in Tennessee. Apart from processing the paper work, the agency itself probably has not done all that much. It's most unlikely anyone working for WACAP (except for Russian staff) has actually met Tori Hansen in person.

Of course a home study was performed, (by an unknown agency in Tennessee) while post placement services were outsourced to Adoption Assistance, Inc., which has an office in Tennessee. Adoption Assistance may well be that unknown agency doing the home study, but I simply have no proof of that.

When pointing fingers its important to know where those those fingers ought to be pointed. Was the home study agency responsible? They were only responsible for the home study and had no influence over the actual placement. Was WACAP responsible? They had no way of knowing Tori Hansen, so how can they be held responsible? Was Adoption Assistance responsible? Again they had no say in the placement decision and were only hired to check up after the placement was done.

The Hansen case again shows things can go wrong when out-of-state agencies are involved in the placement of children. We have seen the same pattern in the Masha Allen case, where a man from Pennsylvania used a New Jersey agency to do the adoption. In that case too the agency had never met the prospective adopter, had never set foot in his house.

The outsourcing of services by out-of-state agencies fragments the information that can be gathered for a proper placement decision. The social worker performing the home study has information about the prospective adopters that doesn't make it into the report. That is not necessarily foul play. There can be minor details that don't seem all that important at first, but when put in perspective could have been indicative of future developments.

Splitting up the process into a separate home study, a separate placement and separate post placement services, a lot of information gets lost. WACAP may have had key information about Tori Hansen, Adoption Assistance simply didn't know of, and which at the time didn't look at all important to WACAP. Had the entire placement been done by one agency, that information would have been available throughout the process.

All together, it's easy to say the placement agency is not at fault here, simply because they actually didn't do all that much. If there is a fault, it's a fault by omission, something that happened because they were 2,500 miles removed from the place where Artem was going to be adopted.

I think the lesson to be taken from this case, is to reconsider how adoptions are performed in the US. As long as agencies only know their customers through the telephone and email, there is little chance cases like these can be prevented.

imo

well, any person she contacted the 6 months for help that didn't provide any

the lawyer she contacted that gave her the idea (is that the story that is still being told?)

the social workers and agencies that made money off this transaction

the women herself, what in the world did she think she was getting into?

Any book she read about the bonding process, adoption, attachment disorder, and the people that wrote those and made money off those....

I personally have really joined the camp of, lets help kids stay in their home country and not bring them to the USA at all.... 

and the other thing that is being totally missed by this is DO YOU ALL have any idea how many kids enter a home for adoption and are returned????  or sent some where else????

there are some agencies that will re-home the child themselves; then there is the underground thing going on; then there is the fact that in most states anyone can place any child they legally parent for adoption with anyone else;  then there are the thousands who get stuck in the foster system in the USA...

heck, when I was adopting there was an adoptive sib group of 16 in North Carolina who had all been removed from their adoptive parent's care and were being placed back up for adoption; from their one line listings they were all from Russia...  this was back in 2002 ...  I never heard one story about that on the news any where....

and there is story, after story, after story like this

just check our adoptuskids.com or chask.org

Not News... But Nothing New

Rinda wrote:
heck, when I was adopting there was an adoptive sib group of 16 in North Carolina who had all been removed from their adoptive parent's care and were being placed back up for adoption; from their one line listings they were all from Russia...  this was back in 2002 ...  I never heard one story about that on the news any where....

I first posted this article from the director of our agency in 1999 a few months after it was published.  I've posted it on numerous adoption forums since then.  Tressler Lutheran is now known as Diakon Adoption Services and no longer facilitates international adoptions.  Diakon now focuses exclusively on domestic adoption from foster care.

Dad

From the Director... Barb Holtan
Tressler Lutheran Adoption Services
Tressler Family Connections
March/April 1999 issue

Back in February of 1994, we began receiving calls from families we did not
know, in states outside of our service area, asking us if we could find another
family for the child they had adopted and brought home from Eastern Europe. "We
just can't continue," they would say sadly. "We've heard that TLS finds good
families for Special kids. Can you do that for our son (or daughter)?"

We didn't think much about this (other than to grieve with these disrupting
parents and see how we could help) until the calls kept coming and coming. We
started charting these calls and started asking colleagues around the country:
What's happening? Why all these disruption calls? And - Why are they calling us
- strangers to them - why aren't they calling their own agencies? We've sure
learned a lot about this sad phenomenon since that first contact back in
1994.

I wanted to take the opportunity here to tell you at this, the five-year point.
I would like to tell you that this was a brief flash in the pan and it has
stopped. It hasn't. The calls continue to come.

As of March 31, 1999:

- Total number of Eastern European-born children, adopted into the US, whom we
have been asked to replace: 78

- That comes out to be 78 in 61 months - more than one request a month,
steadily for five years.

- Child's average age when placed with the family: 5.2 years old

- Child's average age when the family called TLS: 7.0 years old (These are
averages - youngest child we were asked to replace was 8 months old, eldest
child was 15 years old.)

- About even on gender: 38 girls; 40 boys.

- Number of US states the families have called from: 27

- Countries of origin of the children:
Bulgaria -1
Estonia - 3
Georgia - 4
Lithuania - 1
Moldavia - 1
Poland - 2
Romania - 14
Russia - 50
Ukraine - 2

The families who call are sad, angry, scared, disappointed. The behaviors of
the children have brought them to their knees. The behaviors they each describe
are all so similar and pretty much can be found on the checklists for Reactive
Attachment Disorder. Nowadays, by the time the families get to us, they have
already had the child tested and evaluated and the parent rattles off to us
over the phone the many diagnoses the child has: Attention Deficit Disorder,
Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Hyperactivity, Learning Disabilities, possible
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, etc. etc.

I have become rather tedious on this subject, I know. I have exclaimed about it
to colleagues in other agencies, talked about it at Joint Council meetings,
consulted with Attachment therapists ("Are you seeing lots of kids adopted from
Eastern Europe?")... Many international agency people would like me to clam up
and stop already about this subject. Believe me, I'd like to. But then the next
call comes from Massachusetts or Illinois or Texas and the story is the same
and we try as best we can to help another devastated family.

As long as there are adoptions, there will be disruptions. We hate this but we
accept it as truth. However, the numbers of disruptions of Eastern European
born children are too high - way out of line. Yes, I know that Russia is
sending thousands of children to the US for adoption and statistically
speaking, 50 kids (see above) is tiny. Yes, I know that the only numbers
available are those TLS has been keeping and these comprise a count which is
necessarily skewed. No one calls from Idaho to tell me how GREAT their child is
doing. Still - there's too much of it. Kids have been coming for adoption for
over 40 years from other countries. Ask anyone who has been around during that
time working in this field. If they are being honest, they will attest to the
fact that we as a profession have never seen this number of kids with such
severe problems all coming from one part of the world resulting in their
adoptive families seeking to disrupt the adoption.

At the risk of being still more tedious, I will again offer for consideration
the following things we at TLS believe in and practice and advocate for all
adoptions. This is how to lessen the number of disruptions. Our 27-year-old
program placing only Special kids is living proof of this:

- Solid, Realistic, Educational pre-adoption Family Preparation (and no, this
can't be achieved in a weekend or a couple of hours) comprised of lots of
information, hard questions and a practice of parent SELF-ASSESSMENT as opposed
to agency investigation of parents.

- Meticulous review of background information on the child by the family and
the agency worker - asking questions, pointing out red flags.

- Supportive and nurturing post-placement services by the agency which did the
Home Study.

- Ongoing post-finalization services as needed over time over the life of the
family. I.e. - the agency responds whenever and for whatever is needed.

EVERY child coming from an orphanage is a Special Needs child - whether s/he is
one month old or twelve years old. The sooner placing agencies start leveling
with interested families about this fact and prepare families for this, the
more likely it will be that TLS will experience a decline in the numbers of
disruption calls coming our way.

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