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Yet another scandal in US over adoption of children from Russia

April 05, 2013, 10:59 UTC+3

The Dekkert couple stated they abandoned their three adopted children they took 10 years ago from an orphanage in Krasnokamsk

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A new scandal has burst in the state of Texas in connection with the adoption of Russian children. The Dekkert couple stated they abandoned their three adopted children they took 10 years ago from an orphanage in Krasnokamsk. Moreover, as it turned out, before this, the children complained their adoptive parents treated them cruelly.

The Rossiiskaya Gazeta writes that Alexei, Anastasia and Svetlana Klimovs were born in 1995, 1996 and 1998 in the city of Krasnokamsk, the Perm Region. In the same city, they were adopted by Americans Michael and Penny Dekkerts in 2003. Children's psychotherapist and social worker from Silsbee Diana Black said the young Russians in the new family were systematically abused and beaten. The adoptive parents, first of all the mother, were under investigation more than once, but the children were returned to the same family. Recently, however, suspicions arose about sexual harassment to Anastasia. Explaining their decision to abandon the children, the Dekkerts said they were tired of the ungrounded accusations (including cruel treatment and even rapes). Svetlana and Anastasia at present are under the care of social protection services. Alexei ran away from the home last year, and his whereabouts are not known so far.

According to the investigators’ information, Alexei Klimov was repeatedly tortured and treated cruelly by his adoptive mother Penny Dekkert. More than a year ago, the teenager ran away from the family, and his whereabouts are not known. His two sisters Anastasia and Svetlana Klimovs at present are removed from the adoptive family and placed in a social centre, the Moskovsky Komsomolets cites Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin as saying.

“The mother's relatives refused to adopt the children or take care of them,” said the Perm Region's commissioner for children's rights Pavel Mikov. "Then, the Klimovs were expected to be adopted by Russian citizens. But all refused, and it is marked in the children's individual files. A few can agree to take all the three, but we did not want to separate the family. After that, the children were proposed to foreign adoptive parents for acquaintance, and the Dekkert family took them away in full accordance with the legislation. It is worth mentioning that the Dekkert family met all the Russian requirements – they regularly for three years sent reports and photo and video materials about the children's adaptation in the new home. There was nothing to blame them for. On the whole, there were no signs of trouble," the official said.


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