This story is hot in the adoption community today:
The adoption community is irate that Torry Hansen chose to put her son, Justin Hansen, on a plane and return him to Russia. Is it horrible? Yes. Is it child abandonment? Yes. Was she desperate? I can only imagine.
Maybe this single mother tried to get help and nobody listened to her. Maybe she was so desperate and alone and frightened that she didn’t know what to do. And just maybe she feared that she was becoming a monster who might snap; maybe she was afraid that she would hurt or even kill this little boy.
This is terrible and tragic, but it could have been worse… much, much worse for this little boy. Have we already forgotten Lydia Schatz who died only two months ago? Another internationally adopted child who was beaten to death by her parents.
I don’t know Torry Hansen’s story, and maybe she is a vile, wicked, selfish woman – but maybe she is not so different from me or you. Perhaps she was reduced to somebody that even she could no longer recognize.
Please don’t think I am making excuses for her… I’m just glad that the boy is alive.
My mind is swirling with sad thoughts about this situation; I think it is time to take a breath and walk away from the computer. I have plenty of dirty dishes to wash.
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