Four American children living in Florence, Italy with their custodial father were abducted by their non-custodial mother, who had lost custody one year before when she was found to be psychologically unfit to be a parent.
The US State Department needs to help by working with the Russian Foreign Minister to read the court documents and understand the severity of the situation and to get these children out of Russia and safely back home with their dad and the rest of their family who love and care for them.
In Italy, mothers lose custody in less than 2% of all divorces. Only in extreme cases do they take children away from mothers.
The children's physical and psychological health is at risk. They are being isolated from their family and friends. Their mother does not allow them any communication with the outside world. They do not attend school regularly.
The children were abandoned into Russian Institutions/Orphanages when their mother was unable to care for them
It has been almost one year since four American children were abducted from their American custodial father, and illegally taken from Italy to Russia by their non-custodial mother.
The court-appointed psychologist and the judge deemed the Russian mother, Marianne Grin, psychologically unstable. Sole custody was given to the father one year prior to the abduction.
The Russians are not honoring the Hague Convention principles to return the children to their habitual residence nor are they honoring the convention of the Rights of the Child. The Russian authorities are taking no steps to protect these children.
The mother cancelled all forms of communication with the children. There has been no contact with their friends and family. Facebook and email accounts were deleted, the children are not allowed phone calls.
The children do not go to school regularly nor have a stable home. They have no family in Russia. The mother abandoned the children to Russian Institutions/orphanages when she was unable to care for them.
We need help from the US State Department to appeal to Russian authorities to follow international laws and conventions and return these children to their father.
The Italian authorities can do little, as the children are American citizens.
The family is seriously concerned for the physical and psychological health of the children.
Please help bring these children home to safety, love and caring.
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