So, have you heard by now? If you're connected to Middle TN or the adoption world in any way, shape or form, I'm sure you've heard of the Shelbyville woman who adopted a 7 year old boy from Russia last Fall... then last week Torry Ann Hansen had her mother drop this 7 year old off at the airport and put him on a plane, by himself, back to Russia. She attached a note to him saying that she no longer wished to parent him. You can read the story here.
So now, Russia is ticked off. I mean, wouldn't you be? Sure, this mother paid some driver in Russia $200 to pick him up on the other end, but that still left this tiny boy alone on a really long flight. A flight that I was even scared to fly by myself!
So Russia is looking at this small boy, Artyom, and they're thinking about several recent events of Russian orphans being killed by their adoptive families here in the U.S. and they're thinking... "Americans suck!" (What's the Russian word for suck?!) So, as of right now, Russian adoptions to Americans are frozen. Hundreds of families who are in various stages of the adoption process are left holding pictures of their children whom they are longing to hold in their arms. Those adopting kids with special needs realize there's even a greater need as their lives are literally on a time limit.
Here is one story of our friends the Hook family. They happen to live here in Middle Tennessee and are in the process of adopting Evangeline from Russia. This is only one of hundreds...
Turns out that Torry Ann Hansen, who has yet to face any charges or respond to any reporters, is in the middle of another adoption process from the Republic of Georgia right now. The news stations here are following that closely. It will be interesting to see how that works out for her...
So, now that I have you all riled up, I saw THIS article on facebook today. I'm not even going to comment on it. I'll just let you read for yourself. Sarasota doctor's license revoked for aborting wrong fetus.
OK I promise, no more controversy for awhile!