Russian parliament passes Russia-US adoption law - WSMV Channel 4

Russian parliament passes Russia-US adoption law

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A Shelbyville woman has played a key role in the way Russia handles adoptions to the United States.

More than two years ago, Torry Hansen sent her adopted son back to Russia, complaining the country misled her about the boy's behavior problem.

In the wake of the Hansen case, some called for a stop altogether to Russian adoptions in the United States.

Russian officials long complained about alleged abuse and killings of children by adoptive parents, saying at least 19 Russian adoptive children died at the hands of their American parents.

But the agreement, approved Tuesday by Russian legislators, will keep adoptions in place with a few changes.

All of this, came to a head when Hansen sent her then 7-year-old son back to Russia on a one-way ticket.

The new deal requires all adoptions be processed through registered agencies in Russia. It also requires those agencies monitor the child's upbringing, appointments with social workers and reports to the government.

All of that is meant to ensure American parents have better information about the social and medical histories of the children they adopt.

This should also help more orphans find homes. UNICEF estimates there are more than 740,000 Russian children in need of parents.

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