As we have all heard by now of the Russian boy who was shipped back home to the orphanage after an American adoption, it is time to analyze what happened and what it means. I will not offer my opinions, just some questions to think about for you to comment on.
Was the mother abusive to send him back home alone? Did she really exhaust all efforts for treatment here for the child? Did the child have RAD and did he deserve more time here? Was the mother left with no other options, no help from the adoption agency, and no financial resources to help this boy? If that were the case does it relieve her of her responsibilities as an adoptive parent? Did she do what was best for all involved? Was a crime committed by her? What can we do to ensure this does not happen again? What needs to be in place to care for these emotionally disturbed children with attachment disorders so that families can take care of their needs? What can we as a country do to change things?