July 25th, 2012
08:51 PM ET

Russian-U.S. adoption agreement outrages Americans

Russia is in a tug of war with the United States over adoptions. The two countries are hammering out a controversial deal that regulates adoptions from Russia by Americans.

The pact comes after the bizarre, high-profile case of a Tennessee woman who sent her adopted son back to Russia alone on a plane. The boy carried a letter that said his adoptive mother didn't want him anymore.

Now Americans are worried this treaty could be far-reaching, even allowing Russians into their homes.
CNN's Kyung Lah went Outfront to see if those concerns add up.

Woman who returned Russian boy must pay child support

The American woman who sent her adopted son back to Russia must pay $150,000 in child support, a Tennessee judge reaffirmed Friday.

Torry Hansen's attorney, Ed Yarbrough, told CNN he will file a motion within a few weeks asking the court to modify or terminate the support, which was first ordered earlier this year.

The United States and Russia last year signed an agreement to strengthen procedural safeguards for adoptions following the 2010 incident.

Artyem Saveliev, adopted from a Russian orphanage, was put on a plane back to Moscow. The Shelbyville, Tennessee, family claimed they feared for their safety after a series of violent episodes from the boy, then 7.

An investigation was launched after the child showed up unannounced at Russia's child protection ministry with a letter from his adoptive mother asking Russian authorities to annul the adoption


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