US couple wants to refuse from adopted Russian children

An American couple intends to initiate a legal action to refuse from two children, whom they had previously adopted from Russia. According to the American citizens, the children suffer from a serious mental disorder.

According to The New York Post, the two children were adopted in April 2008. The spouses said in their lawsuit that agencies Spence-Chapin and Cradle of Hope that were in charge of all the paperwork for the adoption described children as "healthy and socially adapted." However, soon after the children (6 and 8 years of age) were adopted, it became clear for the adoptive parents, that the children had serious mental problems. The plaintiffs claim that the children repeatedly threatened to kill them.

Moreover, it turned out that the adopted children were not relatives, although the agencies said the opposite. The two children have been staying in a psychiatric center in the State of New York since 2012. It was ordered the children should remain under the constant supervision of doctors.

According to, the trial on the case is expected to start later this month. The names of the spouses and the adopted children, as well as their gender, have not been disclosed. Should the adoption be canceled, the children will either be sent to another adoptive family or kept in the medical institution.

After a series of large scandals, Russia banned adoptions of Russian children by US citizens in early 2013. In July of the same year, foreign same-sex couples were banned from adopting Russian orphans as well.

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