When I read this story, I was sickened. A child is not like a pair of shoes that one can return.
Even if your child is a problem, they are still your responsibility.
Still, as a parent, it’s impossible to approve of her decision. Even if the child was violent, she should have sought help for him, should have taken him to see a therapist or other mental health professional. Apparently, while she obtained opinions from psychologists, she did not have Artyom examined by one. Apart from the accounts of family members, there was no reported corroboration of Artyom’s problems or bad behaviour.
Both morally and legally, even if the boy did present a threat to his new family, endorsing Ms. Hansen’s actions would set a terrible precedent. Many parents have children – biological or adopted - who have mental problems. Would we accept that they simply dump them on the doorstep of the state, be it foreign or domestic, with a note?