The story of a Yekaterinburg resident, Julia Savinovskih, whose two adopted children have been taken away, attracted substantial public and media attention. The reason why Child Protective Services workers took this decision was Julia's breast reduction surgery.
the social network there appeared a message from Julia Savinovskih saying that
Child Protective Services identified her as incapable of bringing up the
children she had adopted. With her subscribers Julia shared the story of what
When the Savinovskih family returned from a walk, social workers were waiting for them at the apartment door.
“Pack up the kids, we will take them.” What? Why? “We have information that you had an illegal operation. Screenshots of your Instagram photos have been taken; you were going to change your sex. In fact, your apartment is a mess and a piece of wallpaper is torn off.” (hereinafter the author’s style is saved — editor’s note).
Julia showed them a certificate from the hospital that she had undergone a mastectomy. This surgery was absolutely legal. The woman tried to convince the social workers that the children lived well in their family and that she and her husband were actually planning to move to the south.
climate is not suitable for sick children; winter lasts 8 months in Yekaterinburg.
Children will have the sea, fruit and full rehabilitation in the South. In
addition, they will be able to get a good education and they will have not to
go to a special school.
social workers did not listen to Julia's persuasion and took the children away.
Since birth, both boys had health problems. Danila appeared in the Savinovskih family in 2013. His biological mother was a drug addict. At first, it was difficult to get in touch with the boy.
“He did not talk at all when he came to live with us,” Julia said. “At home, we did exercises, repeated syllables, learned words. He started calling me Mom, and Zhenya — father. He began to recover.”
While Julia and Eugene were formalizing documents on Danila’s adoption, another boy from the orphanage, Kiril, attracted their attention.
“He had a severe form of cerebral palsy. His mother was also a drug addict. At birth, he weighed one and a half kilograms,” the woman continues. “He had intrauterine hypoxia in labor. 6 months in intensive care and two months on artificial lung ventilation...”
After the kids entered the Savinovskih home, their condition improved.
In social networks the stepmom shared photos of happy boys.
But when social workers saw Julia’s blog on the Internet, they began to worry about the children’s lives. This blog that Savinovskih kept in the name of a man was dedicated to the problems of transgender people.
Child Protective Services workers decided that the woman was going to change her sex. It was enough to take Danila and Kirill from the foster family.
to sue Child Protective Services. However, the mother of the large family has
lost this case.
When Igor Pankov, the Ombudsman for Children in the Sverdlovsk Region, was commenting on this situation, he said that the Savinovskih family had been deprived of custody because of the foster family agreement violation.
“We thought that the court would take our side,” Julia laments. “After all, it’s clear that the kids will feel much better in a loving family than in an orphanage. And we have not done anything illegal. My reflection on transgender people is my personal thing. I have three biological children. I have a husband whom I love and who loves me. I will always stay a mother to my children and a wife to my husband.”
The story has made a lot of noise in social networks. Hundreds of people support Julia and require the authorities to make a fair decision.
Julia’s profile in the social network is full of messages from subscribers: “Hold on and fight! I do not know you personally, but mother’s love is the greatest power” , “With this surgery you just gave them a start, but the reason appeared long before”, “I wish you strength and patience! The victory will be yours!”
This case was taken under personal control by Anna Kuznetsova, the federal Ombudsman for Children.
a court decision and all the documents of the authorized structures concerning
this case. We will carefully study them and evaluate the situation, basing on
the children’s rights and interests. Let’s not fantasize, not invent things and
not make hasty conclusions,” Kuznetsova said.