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Couple Sues Over Russian ‘Bait-and-Switch’ Adoption of Disabled Kids

Updated: Nov 17, 2020

A Long Island couple is trying to “vacate,” or undo, the adoption of two Russian-born children who suffer serious mental disorders and are living in state mental-health facilities.

Judges handling cases like these typically close courts to the public, not because of legal precedent, but because it has become an “unofficial rule.” In a departure from business as usual, Nassau County Surrogate Judge Edward McCarty III ruled this month to keep his courtroom open, saying it benefits the public to have access to these proceedings because this adoption has been riddled with “disturbing facts,” including alleged fraud and a supposed “bait and switch” on the part of the agencies involved.

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