Friday, July 11, 2008


The Daily Bastardette covers this story better than I do. So you should read her first. She has a blog dedicated to these adoptees who have died. Between Korean, American, and Russian adoptees, I don't know who has suffered more at the hands of adoptive parents. This is just another nail in the coffin for Russian adoption. I predict soon that Americans will not be allowed to adopt in Vietnam, Guatemala, and soon Russia. The adoption agencies are not doing a good enough job evaluating adoptive parents. Here are the links in the Russian newspapers: Here and here.

The adoption agency mentioned in the story is Coordinator 2, Inc. which is a Virginia based adoption agency. Lets see who this agency connects to for hell's bells sake. They are a member of the JCICS. They specialize in Domestic, International and foster care adoptions. They get money from the state and federal governments. Interesting that they are not accredited through the COA. They must work through another agency to get help to perform adoptions through other countries. I wonder if this was the agency in charge of this man and his child.

Here is the story and the link.

Man arrested in death of adopted son
Virginia -

Miles and Carol Harrison were still under a six-month state-mandated supervision period required for all international adoptions when their Russian-born infant son, Chase, died in the backseat of a car in a Herndon parking lot.

Miles Harrison, of Purcellville, was arrested Wednesday on manslaughter charges after he allegedly forgot his 21-month-old son, whom he was supposed to drop off at day care, was sitting in the back of his car, Herndon police said.

The six-month supervised period is the last step in an adoption process that can sometimes take years to complete, said Sharon Richardson, a placement director for Coordinators 2 Inc., a Richmond, Va.-based adoption agency.

Chase was brought by the Harrisons from Russia to the United States three months ago, police said.

The international adoption process starts with a deep-digging background check that includes pages of questions for personal references, full financial disclosure and at least three meetings with adoption agency officials, Richardson said.

Often the child’s native country has additional requirements, she added. Russia requires two visits, first to meet the child and then later a minimum 10-day stay for court approval.

It’s a process that Stacy Harrison, of Leesburg — no relation to Miles and Carol — is very familiar with.

She and her husband, Pat, adopted their 2-year-old son, Aidan, from Russia at roughly the same time the Harrisons adopted Chase. She first heard of Chase during Aidan’s first doctor appointment, when the physician expressed surprise to learn that two families living near each other had recently adopted children from Russia.

It took Stacy and Pat Harrison nearly two years to meet and eventually bring Aidan to the United States, including a monthlong stay in Russia after the deciding court date was rescheduled.

“It was a very rigorous process,” she said. “It’s not like getting pregnant. You really have to know what you’re doing and think about it every step of the way.”

She added that Aidan and Chase never had a chance to meet, “though now I wish we had connected and gotten the boys together,” she said.

A neighbor of Carol and Miles Harrison who declined to identify herself described them as “phenomenal, amazing people,” adding, “They’re suffering a great deal.”

Miles Harrison faces up to 10 years in jail. Neither he nor Carol could be reached for comment.


1 comment:

AngelaW said...

Coordinators 2 Inc didn't have anything to do with the adoption. They don't have a Russian program. But it is possible they were doing the post-adoption supervision (doubt it... I think privacy laws would prevent them from talking to the news media.)

They were probably the only people the journalist could get to talk about Virginia's "six-month state-mandated supervision period".