Saturday, April 10, 2010
Torry-Ann Hansen: The parent from hell
I know I'm being judgmental but what kind of an adult puts a 7 year old on a plane alone for a 10-hour flight with a note for return to an adoption agency without any adult supervision, without any notice to the agency and without an explanation to the child. That is what Torry-Ann Hansen did this week in a story that has become viral.
Artyom Savelyev was adopted from Russia six months ago by Torry-Ann Hansen of Shelbyville, TN but turned out to be more difficult and more damaged than she was made aware by the Russian adoption agency. The rationale was that "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." Well what did you expect from a child who had already been abandoned once and was living in an orphanage?
Child abandonment is a reprehensible act and this poor child had already been victimized far too much already. Adopting a child is not like picking up a stray puppy from the humane society. You can't change your mind and return him. Adoption is a legal procedure that is permanent. You are a parent for life.
Her complaints about not being fully informed of the boy's problems is not an acceptable reason for abandoning the child. The only failure of the agency was not properly reviewing the suitability of Torry-Ann Hansen.