The State Department says U.S. adoptions of Russian children have not been suspended, countering earlier reports that such a decision had been made.
Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko clearly stated adoptions to Americans were frozen. But the U.S. says "not so."
"Our embassy in Moscow and officials in the department have been in contact with Russian officials to clarify this issue," State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said. "We've been told there's been no suspension of adoptions."
The confusion stemmed from the case of a Tennessee woman who recently sent her adopted son back to his native Russia. The mother claimed the 7-year-old was violent and had severe psychological problems. She's now being investigated for neglect.
In light of the situation, a U.S. delegation will meet with Russian officials next week to discuss a possible adoption treaty. Russian officials say the agreement is needed if Americans want to continue adopting children from their country.
But is it a good idea? Washington Times religion editor and adoptive mother Julia Duin has more on this new controversy surrounding international adoption. Click play for more.