Moscow, Russia—I deal with a lot of adoption cases but I find this one incredibly painful to think about.
A seven year-old boy was put on a plane to Moscow with a note in his pocket he could not read. The note was from Torry Hansen, a woman who adopted the child and now wanted to rid herself of the challenges of motherhood. She merely dumped the kid on the plane like taking a bad dog back to the shelter.
She claimed the kid was psychotic and complained that she was misled about the boy’s mental health. She wrote, “the child is a liability.”
I’m beyond shocked at the unbelievable cruelty of this despicable act.
In life we never get more than hope that our children will be perfect and healthy in every way. Kids are born every day with handicaps, defects and disfigurements but parental love conquers nearly everything. Any real mother would have done whatever it took to deal with any and all issues the boy had.
In addition to being placed in a strange home the child must have suffered from culture shock with different food, odors and learning English. This would be a huge challenge for any seven year-old child.
If there is something good about this horror story, it’s that Torry Hansen won’t be in this unfortunate lad’s life. This experience will make raising the boy even more difficult. I don’t want to see the woman punished. I’d rather people like Hansen dump kids rather than murder them any day.
I hope some kind, childless couple can salvage this little boy’s life in a hurry. I’m sure he’s difficult, unruly and time consuming but he deserves only love, understanding and compassion.
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