The adoption agency that placed Artem Saveliev/Artem Justin Hansen with his Forever Mother Torry Ann Hansen has been identified: WACAP–World Association for Children and Parents working out of Renton, Washington.


Novisti reports that the Russian government has suspended the agency’s operations

We have suspended the permission of the nonprofit corporation World Association for Children and Parents to operate in Russia,” Alina Levitskaya told journalists.

The agency assisted in a U.S. couple’s adoption of a Russian boy, Artyom Savelyev, who arrived in Russia by plane on Thursday with a note in which his adoptive parents said they were sending him back due severe psychological problems…

A spokeswoman for World Association for Children and Parents in Russia said the adoption agency had no report of the incident. She said the agency would provide all the necessary information on the child’s adoption at the request of the Russian authorities.

According to WAPAC’s International Adoption page

WACAP is proud to be one of the largest and most experienced international nonprofit adoption agencies in the United States. In 1976, WACAP placed its first child for international adoption from Korea. In the 1980s, we expanded our adoption programs to include Thailand and India. WACAP was the first U.S. agency to pioneer adoptions from China and Far East Russia in the early 1990s. In recent years, we have added programs in Ethiopia and Kazakhstan.

WAPAC’s Russian page tells us:

In 1993, WACAP was the first agency authorized to place children from the Russian Far East with adoptive parents. We have placed over 850 children from Russia since then. We are registered as an international non-governmental organization (NGO) through the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, as required by Russian law, and are accredited by the Russian Ministry of Education to place children from across the Russian Federation. With offices in Moscow and Vladivostok, and 11 employees in Russia, WACAP staff assist families every step of the way through the adoption process. Currently WACAP is placing children from four regions in Russia: the Republic of Tatarstan, Novosibirsk, Primorsky Krai and Sakhalin Island.

Using the Wayback Machine I located old WACAP webpages. The latest archived page is dated August 22, 2008, a year before Artem was adopted. Under “Waiting Children” we find discounts and deals (via subsidies from unnamed sources) to move various categories of children. If these deals were still on a year later, Artem would have fit into the first discount group: “a boy 5 years or older.” We don’t know when Torry Hansen started her adoption process with WACAP, but there’s a probability she may have gotten Artem for next to nothing.

WACAPs Let’s Make a Deal:
Russia and Kazakhstan Thousands of older children, sibling groups, and children with special needs in Russia and Kazakhstan are waiting for adoption—children who need loving families. Due to confidentiality laws in these countries, information about specific waiting children can only be shared with families who have completed all application materials and been approved to adopt; the process works much like an infant adoption.

Promise Children and Subsidies
To encourage the adoption of waiting children in Russia and Kazakhstan, WACAP has funds available to cover the entire adoption fee for a family who adopts:

  • A boy 5 years or older, or
  • A girl 10 years or older, or
  • A sibling group of two or more boys 3 years and older, or
  • Two siblings (one boy and one girl) both 5 years and older, or
  • Three or more siblings with at least one 7 years
    of age or older, or
  • A child who is blind and/or deaf, or
  • A child with Down syndrome, dwarfism, arthrogyrposis, spina bifida or significant cerebral palsy.

To help find families for children with other types of medical conditions who are waiting in Russia and Kazakhstan, WACAP has reduced the adoption fee to $5,000 for a family who adopts:

  • A boy 3–4 years of age at time of referral (with special needs), or
  • A girl 7–9 years of age at time of referral (with special needs), or
  • Sibling groups of two that include a boy 3–4 or a girl 7–9 (a $3,700 sibling fee applies to siblings below these ages)
  • A child with missing or shortened limbs, clubfeet, reproductive/urologic condition, significant craniofacial condition, or significant congenital heart disease requiring surgery.

If you’re interested in adopting from Kazakhstan, you must be open to children who are Asian, Eurasian or Caucasian. While Russia and Kazakhstan do not identify waiting children until they are matched with an approved family, families usually have information about a child by the time they travel to meet him or her.

Families must submit an Adoption Subsidy Request and a Russia or Kazakhstan Promise Child Agreement, if applicable. Families are considered for the Waiting Child Subsidy only when funds are available. WACAP reserves the sole right to determine which children are eligible for fee subsidies.

With a subsidy of $20,000 and a no-interest loan of $4,500, WACAP offers the most affordable adoptions from Eastern Europe of any agency. For more information about adopting a waiting child or Promise Child from Russia or Kazakhstan, please e-mail Family Finders or call 206-575-4550.

Novisti (and other media) also report today that Russia is set to freeze the US out of adoption:

The Russian foreign minister said on Friday that Russia could freeze child adoptions by U.S. citizens until the countries sign an intergovernmental agreement on adoptions.

Sergei Lavrov (left) told Russia 24 news channel that the agreement should include the conditions under which the Russian authorities can allow adoptions and the obligations of the adoptive parents.

“We have been suggesting [signing an agreement] but they evade this. But I think the latest case is the last straw and we will demand the agreement be signed,” Lavrov said.

WAPAC hasn’t published a statement yet on it’s webpage regarding Artem’s case.

WACAP is a member of the National Council for Adoption (membership list currently not online) and JCICS. NCFA issued a press release late this afternoon, but…oops…forgot to mention that WACAP belongs to them. It’s not on online yet.

News has been coming in so fast today, I’ve not had time to finish what I started this morning. I appeared in a 4:00 PM segment of Russian Television. I’m afraid I got tongue-tied. I’m a better writer than a TV pundit.

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  1. Would love to see you on TV!

    Great work, Marley!

    That poor little boy. The film footage shown here had him cradled in someone’s arms in Russia. He needs love, not more abandonment.

  2. ABC national news reported the adoptive mother was a single mother and only had this poor kid in her charge for 6 months. That it was the adoptive grandmother that accompanied the boy on a plane to Washington, DC and then set him alone on a plane back to Russia. Adam Pertman was also interviewed, saying (not exact words)that…adopting children is not child rental. They also spoke to an adoptive mother who is now serving an 18 yr prison sentence for murdering her 2 yr old adopted Russian daughter. The Russian govt is pissed!! ABC said further reporting on the case of the Russian boy will continue tonight on Night Line.

  3. Suspension is good news, perhaps now they’ll start looking for alternative viable ways to support mothers so they can keep their children..unless of course the profits are just too great to turn the back on.This industry is immoral, dangerous and destructive but very profitable for those who benefit, rarely adoptees who are as always the bottom of the heap.
    Keep up the great work.

  4. Perhaps this time someone will finally do something, besides sending our people over to twist the arms of the government to free up the system again. The US seems to be populated by monsters. And, I keep hearing over and over that the Russian Govt. is to blame, the agency, the airlines, the orphanage….everyone but the adopter woman who put the kid on the plane. Is adoption such a sacred cow in the US that ANYTHING goes?

  5. CNN reported that the single adoptive mother, Torry, signed her parental rights over to her mother, the so-called grandmother.

    It seems that there was a visit by a social worker in January, who reported that everything was okay. So when did the ‘psychotic’ behaviour begin?

    Apparently, they found a “lawyer” online who told them that the child could be shipped back to Russia and they’d have no further legal obligations. They also found a guy online who would meet the child at the airport and drive him to the ministry, for the bargain price of $200.

    This whole thing is way beyond the pale–literally and figuratively.

  6. I am also seeing, over at Yahoo Answers and on Craigslist, that the adopter is inviolate in the eyes of many. Hey, if it abandons, it is an abandoner. I didn’t read about any coercion to force her to send that poor kiddo back to Russia. What is it about this “adopter halo” thing that every excuse in the book can be made for them, even when they murder?

  7. Thank you for these updates. The adoption agency’s acronym is actually “WACAP”. I should know because I used to work for them from 2001-2004. I didn’t work in any of their adoption programs, just in post-placement services.

  8. Thanks, Minh I KNEW that, but didn’t catch it . I was in such a hurry go get the piece up before I left for the evening I’ll fix it. I’ve got a real problem with the name. It sounds like a civic organization, not an adoption agency.

  9. I have a 5 yr old adopted Russian boy & it can be extremely challenging at times, but you have to have the attitude that the child is YOURS now & forever, no matter what. Just like you would stick with a natural born “problem child”, you gotta stick it out & get help for your adopted child. It may be very controversial to say so, but I can’t help but think that our country’s care-free attitude about ending inconvenient pregnancies plays a role in the thought that the responsibility of an adoption should be so easily dismissed & the child/problem disposed of!

  10. Misled by Nancy Hansen, I met Artem in Domodedovo airport at 10:45 am on April 8, 2010 and the whole day I spent this this boy till he was taken into hospital #21. Due to the fact that the media may wrongly interpret events without knowing the details of what happened, I decided to write full story in details about how I came up into this story and what happened at those crazy for me day… You are welcome to read the truth…

  11. Артур: Где можно прочитать свой рассказ о Артем? Вы можете разместить его здесь? В английском Спасибо.


  12. “”With a subsidy of $20,000 and a no-interest loan of $4,500, WACAP offers the most affordable adoptions from Eastern Europe of any agency.””

    Who/What is funding these $20,000 subsidies, is what I would like to know. Does anyone have that info..Marley???

  13. “”but I can’t help but think that our country’s care-free attitude about ending inconvenient pregnancies plays a role in the thought that the responsibility of an adoption should be so easily dismissed & the child/problem disposed of!””

    Please tell me you are not connecting abortion to adoption and *Forever Families”…please tell me it ain’t so! If so…that is just absolutely absurd.

  14. It’s wonderful that you did the research and helped provide info for others to understand this situation. In fairness to WACAP, they do everything they can to find homes for children who otherwise would have few options. The “deals” are incentives to help families who may not be able to adopt otherwise and are carefully attached to those children who are least likely to or will wait the longest to get to a family. They are wonderful people – acting our of love for the children. This siutation is tragic. WACAP, however, has found wonderful homes for amazing children through the years.

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