Should Kids Come With a Money-Back Guarantee? By Alison Rhodes, The Safety Mom

By The Safety Mom

The hot topic in the news this week was the plight of a 7 year-old adopted boy from Russia who was dumped on a plane back to his homeland with a note that stated that the adoptive mother no longer wanted him because he was violent and had psychiatric issues.  The mom, Torry Hansen, felt she was deceived by Russian officials as to the mental stability of the boy.

I’ll be the first to sympathize with the issues this mom must have dealt with in managing the boy.  It’s not easy.  But she’s a nurse!  Is she really trying to make us believe she exhausted all resources to find help?  I have to assume that if she was seeking to adopt a child that she desperately wanted to be a mom.  Didn’t she understand that if she had given birth to this child there could have been issues as well?  What would she have done then – dropped him off on a door step somewhere?!!?

I go back to my thought that they should require people to have a license to be a parent.  Yes, it’s frustrating.  And no, we don’t always get the child we imagined, whether we give birth or adopt.  But life doesn’t give us any guarantees and we need to step up to the plate and deal with the curve balls life sometimes throws our way!

I asked my community whether she should be brought up on charges.  What I heard is a resounding yes! You can’t just discard a child because they don’t meet your expectations.

Alison Rhodes is the founder of Safety Mom Enterprises and Safety Mom Solutions, the premier baby proofing and child safety company in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area. Alison is a family safety expert, TV personality and consultant.

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One response to “Should Kids Come With a Money-Back Guarantee? By Alison Rhodes, The Safety Mom

  1. Caryl Deiches

    As an adoptive parent of two special needs children, I and the entire adoption community are outraged and yes, there are plenty of post -adoptive services she could of turned to. Not the best solution but one families at the end of their resources do is replace the child with another adoptive family here is the us. I know many families who were formed this way. I hope she will face some sort of criminal charge as she committed child abuse on several levels.

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