A response from Nightlight’s Executive Director, Ron Stoddart:
When a child is legally adopted in the United States, that child bears the same relationship to their adoptive parent(s) as a biological child would to their parents. The adopting parents accept all of the rights and obligations of the parent-child relationship. When a child is legally adopted in another country to be immigrated to the United States, the adopting parents also have the same rights and obligations. Our laws allow an adopted child to be treated under the law in the same way as a biological child.
The recent case of an adoptive mother of a Russian child sending the child back to Russia, unescorted, with a note rejecting the child, sends a cold shiver through the adoption community. Does anyone have any doubt what would be done to this parent if she had gone to a far away place and left her biological child unattended with a note saying she no longer wanted the child?
If the State of Tennessee does not deal with this parent expeditiously and with the same outrage that they would treat a parent abandoning her biological child in a similar manner, then the U.S. will have no credibility in stating that adopted children are treated the same as biological children in our Country.
On April 16, 2010 the U.S. Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues issued an announcement, stating that suspension of adoptions from Russia has not been confirmed.