Hansen sues director of Russian childcare center
MOSCOW, May 18 - RAPSI. The U.S. foster mother of a boy sent back to Russia with nothing but a rejection note has filed a lawsuit with a California court against the director of a childcare center where he once resided, Presidential Commissioner for Children's Rights Pavel Astakhov told journalists on Friday.
Torry-Ann Hansen is suing the director for abuse of office and moral harm.
Astakhov noted that Hansen also seeks to bring to responsibility a lawyer who previously worked for the center where Artyom Savelyev lived before his adoption.
He stressed that both the director and the lawyer are no longer Savelyev's legal representatives. The commissioner told RIA Novosti that Hansen seeks $25,000 from the center's head.
The hearing has been scheduled for August 20.
On April 8, 2010, Hansen sent her foster son back to Russia with nothing but a note stating that she refused to keep him in her care as he had psychological problems.
The boy had only spent half a year with the Hansen family. He had spent his first few years in the Maritime Territory with his mother. When she was deprived of her parental rights, he was taken to live in an orphanage.
Earlier, a Tennessee court obliged Hansen to pay $58,000 to her adopted son, $29,000 to an adoption agency, $63,000 in attorney fees and $1,000 a month in child support until the boy reaches legal age.