A Long Island judge will keep the courtroom open on a void adoption request by the parents of two children from Russia. Six years ago the unidentified couple adopted two children they were told were siblings. At the time they were six and eight, New York Post reports Oct. 26. Now they are 12 and 14 and have “mental illness.” They are currently in state institutions
Nassau County Surrogate’s Judge Edward McCarty III will conduct the case on Matter of Adoption of Child A and Child C. In the case, the couple requests that the court dissolve the 2008 adoption of “purported siblings” found by Spence-Chapin in New York and Cradle of Hope in Maryland.
The parents want void of adoption because they believe vital information was withheld and not recorded on the severity of the children’s real health issues. According to the adoption agencies’ descriptions, the children were “healthy and socially well-adjusted.” When their medical and mental problems began showing, the couple felt wronged. Both children had threatened to kill them many times and it was discovered they were sexually abused before they were adopted. The agencies also allegeded that the children were siblings, but the parents soon found out they weren’t related.
Judge McCarty is keeping his courtroom open for this unusual case because of public interest. It will impact a number of things in foreign adoptions and how U.S. parents are viewed, the report states. McCarty denied the couple’s request for a closed courtroom, New York Law Journal reports.
McCarty cites 18 deaths of Russian orphans in the U.S. within the last 20 years with 75 percent of them being under two-years of age. 20 percent of adopted children from Russia have developmental disabilities.
If the adoption is vacated, the children will remain in state hospitals or be in foster care. The case has many arguments.
Adam Pertman, president of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency says parents should know about any issues children have that they’re adopting. It’s in the best interest of everyone.
“So many kids from institutionalized settings come to us abused and neglected. If the records are not accurate, parents are not prepared for the challenges they will face. They don’t get sufficient training. And they don’t get the support and services they need.”
Adoption attorney, Irene Steffas, says adoption agencies are unable to guarantee perfect health for kids. She says it’s basically impossible.
“If agencies had to warranty that children are in good health, agencies would shut down.
“You can do that with a car but you can’t get a warranty with a human being. That’s a dangerous position to put an agency in.”
Is it fair that to the children that their adoptive parents want to void adoption after caring for them six years?