Each year, US passport holders visit foreign countries with the hopes of adopting a child. These children become US citizens and US passport holders and get a shot at living the “American Dream”. However, this is a case of a Russian boy adopted by an American couple that actually has returned to Russia. The boy used his US passport to return to Russia. The boy claims that his adoptive family treated him so poorly that he even lived on the streets of Philadelphia and was forced to steal in order to survive.
Alexander Abnosov, was adopted at the age of 13. Abnosov, now 18, returned to Russia to live with his 72 year old grandmother. Abnosov now be the poster boy of the Kremlin and its ban on US adoptions of Russian children. There are some that feel that US families should not be allowed to adopt Russian children. Others feel that Americans should have the right to adopt Russian children.
Alexander Abnosov is seen in the photo displaying a US passport. His US passport lists his adoptive name as Joshua Alexander Salotti. Abnosov blames his adoptive mother for nitpicking him. Abnosov left his home in Philadelphia and was living in a shelter. According to Abnosov, when his parents visited him in the shelter, they gave him $500 and told him to use his US passport to go back to Russia.
In Russia, Abnosov’s story is top news on state television. It is being show as the example of the problems that can arise when Russian children adopted by US parents. Russia banned all American adoptions of Russian children back in December 2012.
While some feel that US passport holders have no right to travel to Russia for the purpose of adopting Russian children, others feel that US families can offer Russian children a chance to have a family. For the past twenty years, US passport holders have been adopting Russian children.
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