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Perspectives on International Adoptions
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Earlier this month, Tennesee mother Torry Ann Hansen put her adopted seven-year-old son Justin Hansen (Artyom Savelyev), on a plane to Russia. The adoptive mother and the boy's adoptive grandmother Nancy described the boy as psychologically damaged and said they could no longer care for him.

The Russian Foreign Minister responded by putting a halt  to all Russia-to-United States adoptions.

The New York Time's Lisa Belkin has offered a series of posts on this story at her blog Motherlode, beginning with an overview here.

Belkin then invited Michele Goodwin, a professor of law and medicine at the University of Minnesota, and author of the new book “Baby Markets: Money and the New Politics of Creating Families,” to contribute her perspective.

Belkin then followed up with reader comments and responses from adoptive families as well as from families who are in the process of adopting children from Russia.

While the details play out in the news, it's important to consider how this story may affect children—especially adopted children. Sons or daughters, cousins or classmates, hearing this story may arouse children's fears. NPR reporter Scott Simon, an adoptive father himself, worried about how children may respond and offers his thoughts here.