In the letter Hansen sent with Artymen she stated he was "mentally unstable" and that: "As he is a Russian national, I am returning him to your guardianship and would like the adoption (annulled)."
Attorney Larry Crain
I recall previous reports that Hansen did what she did and as quickly as she did because it was prior to the adoption being finalized. This points out a very gray area of transnational adoption. The child is considered by the sending country an American once he he is issued a visa. But it takes a while until the U.S. finalizes the adoption.
An August 12 hearing in the case had been scheduled, but has been postponed.These suggestions would greatly improve outcomes, however, what international adoption today is not "independent"? They are processed through "agencies" that are nothing more than privately or religiously owned businesses, not government agencies. So, who is going to oversee these procedures and regulations. That is the issue.
The case sparked an international uproar and led to a series of meetings between U.S. and Russian negotiators over a proposed agreement on international adoptions between their two countries.
The proposed agreement calls for a reduction in the number of U.S. adoption agencies accredited to operate in Russia,
Moscow's children's rights commissioner, Pavel Astakhov, has said. "Independent adoptions" will be abolished, and there will be a new Russian-American agency that will inspect any U.S. family adopting a Russian child, he said.
A senior State Department official has indicated that a possible provision of the new agreement would allow earlier and more frequent sharing of information both before and after adoptions. He said some American couples don't see details of a child's medical and psychological condition until a court appearance for final adoption approval.
There is no governmental agency in the U.S. overseeing any adoption practices - domestic or international. There are no required education or certifications requirements to arrange adoptions. All of this endangers all parties using adoption services, most of all mothers in crisis and their children who do not have the protection of legal counsel that adopters do.