Five years later, still abandoned

Here’s an interesting read on another abandoned Russian orphan — only this one’s been stranded in the Dominican Republic for five years.

Clearly somebody in Russia knew about him because Pavel Astakhov, Russia’s children’s rights ombudsman (who knew that position existed?), mentioned him in a press conference about the most recently abandoned Russian orphan.

It’s certainly appropriate for Russia to be pissed about the recent events/children leaving Tennessee, but really now, this kid’s been stranded for five years. Would somebody please come pick him up?

Would you adopt a child with HIV?

I just stumbled upon an article on the coolest people ever: people who adopt kids with HIV.

I’m already super-impressed by people who have the desire and love to adopt kids with special needs, but to me this seems like an equally special calling.

Here are some quotes from Yulia about it.

“I was looking to adopt an HIV-positive child because I think they more than anyone need a home and care…when I saw him I knew it was meant to be. Of course I want a healthy child. I would give everything for him not to have HIV. But I am prepared to go through all the difficulties with him.”

How’s that for inspiration?

Silver lining in flopped Moscow adoption?

Several Russian families are now stepping forward to adopt the seven-year-old who was recently shipped back to Russia by his newly adoptive mother.

A possible upside to the whole tragedy is that it might move more Russian families to adopt children in domestic orphanages.

Russia is home to more than 1 million orphans.

According to the same article, more than a dozen Russian children have been killed by their adoptive families since 1996 — and each time it causes an outrage. This is a bit ridiculous. A dozen? How is that possible?

Still, the silver lining of this latest botched adoption is the fact that maybe Russian families will be outraged enough to increase the number of domestic adoptions in the country.

Russian officials would do well to ease sanctions on domestic adoptions in a time like this rather than simply tightening up cross-country adoptions.

NJ approves birth records bill: grants more rights to children

NJ is a step closer to allowing adult adopted kids to have access to their own birth and health records.

Currently, parental rights extend so far as to deny children of any medical or birth information unless specifically granted by biological parents. Most parents who opt for closed adoptions also opt to keep these types of documents (like birth certificates) closed as well.

Sure, birth parents have a right to anonymity (where that right comes from, I don’t know), but do they really have a right to withhold that type of documentation from their kids?

Like Sen. Joseph Vitale (D) says, “Children didn’t give up those rights when they were born, nor should we expect them to.”

Adoptive mother of Russian orphan must be psychotic

The adoptive mother of the Russian orphan who was recently shipped back to Russia after he supposedly threatened to burn down his adoptive family’s home says her new son is psychotic.

She is psychotic.

I understand she must have been at her wit’s end, and maybe the resources she needed to handle the added stress of the situation weren’t readily on hand. But really, what was she hoping to accomplish by sending the elementary school kid back to his home country with a note?

Really, what did she think was going to happen? “Oh, sure, yeah, we’ll just take him back, it’s not a big deal. Thanks for watching him for a few weeks!”

No, Tory Ann Hansen, you’re a moron, and now you’ve halted hundreds of other adoptions that were in the pipeline.

Earthquake in Haiti leads to adoptions in Ethiopia

An adoption agency helping facilitate adoptions in Haiti says that their interest levels spiked after the disaster, so much so that they began pointing families to other countries with lots of orphans.

Thanks to Angelina and Brad, international adoptions from Ethiopia have seen a sharp increase since the earthquake in Haiti, but adoption experts are afraid the motivation behind some of these adoptions aren’t helpful.

From the article:

“When our calls nationally about Haitian adoption went from 300 a month to 300 a day, we immediately thought of Ethiopia, but we want to make sure the motivation is family-building, not a response to tragedy,” said Nancy Dykstra-Powers, director of Bethany Christian Services adoption agency in Fair Lawn. “We are here to help the children, not the parents.”

Kids rights are most important rights of all

This article about child advocates fighting for children to have permanent homes hit on several nerves for me.

Similar to the article about mediation in New Zealand, this article points out the obvious: in severe, obvious cases of abuse and neglect (cases you would have “thought would have been open and shut after the boy’s sister had been violently shaken by one of the children’s biological parents, suffering injuries that would eventually kill her.”) children’s rights have to be the first priority.
There are numerous examples of children who’ve suffered too long at the hands of (to put it lightly) bad parents, but does anyone know of any examples of severe abuse where the parents were exonerated?