A Renton adoption agency has been dragged into the middle of an international brouhaha after a Tennessee woman tried to return her adopted son back to Russia.
Nancy Hansen of Shelbyville, Tennessee is the adoptive grandmother of Artyom Savelyev, a 7-year-old boy who her daughter brought to America with the help of the Renton-based World Association for Children and Parents (WACP). On Thursday, Hansen put Savalyev on a one-way flight from Washington, D.C. to Moscow with a note saying he was violent and had psychological problems.
"He drew a picture of our house burning down and he'll tell anybody that he's going to burn our house down with us in it," Hansen told The Associated Press. "It got to be where you feared for your safety. It was terrible."
The Russians, as you might imagine, aren't happy and are threatening to suspend all adoptions by U.S. families. A freeze that could affect hundreds of kids destined for the states.
Hansen is rejecting claims that she and her daughter abandoned Savelyev. Pointing to the fact that she flew with the boy from Tennessee to D.C. and paid a man $200 to pick him up at the Moscow airport. She also claims that the Russian orphanage where they found Savelyev withheld information about his problems that would have kept them from adopting him in the first place.
WACP says they can't say much about the incident because of the necessary privacy concerns that surround each adoption. But a spokesperson did tell the AP that Savelyev's situation was "as shocking to us as to anybody else."