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State Investigating Gladney Following Russian Adoption Death

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – A Fort Worth adoption agency is now part of a story that’s gained international attention.  The story centers around the death of 3-year old Max Shatto, a Russian boy who died last month after he was adopted by a West Texas family.

The 3-year-old boy was adopted by the Shatto family of Gardendale, near Midland, last year.

On Tuesday, the Department of Family and Protective Services confirms there are two major investigations related to that adoption.

The first is a CPS investigation based on allegations reported to the state after Max’s death.  State investigators are trying to figure out if Max Shatto was a victim of abused or neglect.

The second investigation is being handled the state’s licensing department.  They want to know if the Gladney Adoption Center of Fort Worth followed state and federal laws when they helped the Shatto family.

No one at Gladney would talk with CBS 11 about the case.  But they did send a statement that says, in part, once they heard about Max’s death they  “…provided background information to the authorities who are trying to determine what happened to max. “

CBS 11 looked up Gladney’s record with the state.  Since 2011, the agency has been cited for 19 violations.  That includes a violation in May of 2012 that shows four adoptive parents did not submit current background checks before the adoptions were finalized.  Another violation, posted in February 2012, shows two staff members and two transitional parents also had not submitted their background checks.

In December, Russian President Vladimir Putin banned American families from adopting Russian orphans.  Russia’s concern is children are being abused; and diplomats point to the Max Shatto case as a prime example.

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