Russian ombudsman welcomes U.S. court's ruling in Hansen case
MOSCOW, May 18 - RAPSI. Presidential Commissioner for Children's Rights Pavel Astakhov believes that the U.S. court has passed a fair judgment in the case of Torry Ann Hansen, he said on his Twitter page.
The court ordered Hansen, who had abandoned her Russian foster son Artyom Savelyev, to pay him compensation and alimony until he is an adult, to a total of $150,000.
"This landmark decision is of utmost importance to Artyom Savelyev, who was wronged by his foster mother, as well to the whole practice of adoption" Astakhov said. He said that the law must prosecute foster parents who abandon their responsibilities.
"By establishing such an important precedent together with the U.S. justice system we will do our best to protect our children who are adopted by foreign families" he said. Astakhov also stressed that whatever country the foster parents are from, they must treat their adopted child well and provide him or her with a happy life.
On April 8, 2010 Hansen sent her foster son Artyom Savelyev, 7, back to Russia with a note stating that she refused to keep him in her care as he suffered from psychological problems.
Torry Hansen and her mother adopted the boy through the WACAP international agency. They later filed a lawsuit against Hansen due to her unlawful actions and the subsequent moratorium on U.S. citizens adopting Russian children.
Artyom currently lives in the Moscow region in a large family, together with five other children.