Russian adoption to the US was suspended Thursday after a US family put their adopted child on a plane back to Russia. A US government delegation will travel to Moscow next week to clarify rules for international adoptions.
The case of a mother sending her adopted Russian child back could slow or even stop US-Russia adoptions. Russia was the No. 3 country for US international adoptions last year.
The country threatened to suspend adoptions by U.S. families after the seven-year-old was sent back to Moscow on a one-way flight.
International adoption has fallen sharply under tougher scrutiny caused by issues like Haiti's post-quake orphan scandal as well as stricter global regulations.