I’ve seen a lot–and I’ve heard it all. And yet, my brow is furrowed.
Have you heard about the Tennessee family who adopted a child from Russia and sent him back? The adoptive mother and grandmother thought he had some “psychological problems.” No doubt, he did. So they bought him a one way ticket, put him on a plane, attached a note of explanation…and literally shipped him back to Mother-Russia. The kid was 7. Seven. Yeah. It happened last week.
According to the boy’s adoptive grandmother, Nancy Hansen, of Shelbyville, TN: “He drew a picture of our house burning down, and he’ll tell anybody that he’s going to burn our house down with us in it…it got to be where you feared for your safety. It was terrible.”
Sorry, Nancy. That is terrible: A grade-schooler with an overactive imagination, very little understanding of family, the English language, the American way of life and worst of the worsts–he was possessing rogue crayons. Here’s something else that’s terrible. Growing up in an orphanage, not really understanding what a family is, only to be pawned off on what is apparently the most screwed up family in the United States of America!
Russia is pissed. Rightly so. They’re considering the cut-off of all foreign adoptions. Now, everyone is pissed off! Can we not see anything but extremes in 2010? Is anyone so naive to think that a seven year-old from a Russian orphanage isn’t going to a have an ocean of emotional issues? Regardless of what you hear from an adoption agency!?
My brow is furrowed.
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