Parents paying child support in Rhode Island might be interested to learn that an American woman who sent back her adopted son from Russia will have to pay child support. The woman adopted the young boy and then sent him on a one-way flight back to Moscow. She has now been ordered to pay child support for the boy until he turns 18.
The woman adopted the child through The World Association for Children and Parents and later sent the child back to Russia with a letter stating that the child was disturbed and violent and that she did not want him anymore. The World Association for Children and Parents filed a lawsuit seeking child support.
The adoptive mother has now been ordered by a judge to pay a sum of $150,000 and an additional $1,000 per month in child support until he's an adult. It was reported that $58,000 of the $150,000 will pay for the past two years' worth of support and medical fees for the boy in Russia.
Child support is financial support that the child has a legal right to in order to pay for his or her proper care and upbringing. In this situation, the adoptive mother took on the legal obligation of supporting the child. The judge that ordered the payments said that the adoptive mother signed a contract acknowledging that it was possible the child could have emotional or other problems that were unknown to the adoption agency.
Adoption advocates feel that the decision provides justice for the young boy and will reinforce the commitment that parents are making when they choose to adopt children.
Source: Charlotte Observer, "US judge: Woman who sent back Russian boy must pay," Shiela Burke, May 18, 2012