Friday, May 18, 2012

Woman Who Sent Adopted Son Back to Russia Ordered to Pay $1000 in Child Support Until He Turns 18

A woman who set off an international furor when she sent a Russian child whom she had adopted back to Moscow, has been ordered to pay $1000 a month in child support and $150,000 in various fees. It was in April 2010 that Artyom Saveliev, then 7 years old, arrived in Moscow by plane from Washington, with a note from his adoptive mother, Torry Hansen, saying that she was returning the child she had adopted in 2009 because the boy was unbalanced, violent and that she no longer wanted him. The child arrived with a backpack full of clothes, a Russian passport with a US visa and the mother’s letter canceling the adoption. The World Assn. for Children and Parents, the agency that helped Hansen adopt the child, filed a lawsuit against Torry. On Thursday a Bedford County, Tenn., judge said Torry -- who lives in California and did not attend the trial -- must begin making the child support payments in June and continue to pay until the boy turns 18. He is currently 9 years old and lives in a group home in Russia. Among the fine levied against Torry, the judge ordered her pay the boy $58,000, money already spent on the his support and medical care, in addition to the monthly support. Hansen was also ordered to pay the adoption agency $29,000 and attorney fees of nearly $63,000.

source: LA Times
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