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The American girl caught between two worlds

By Anna Liesowska
27 October 2013

Neglected by her parents as well as a 'stepfather from hell': Will no-one help this teenager stranded 6,000 miles from home?

Sofia overstepped the mark, stealing more than $1000 from the home of her mother and lawyer stepfather James 'Jim' Roberts. Picture: Sofia Petrova's facebook

One day Hollywood may make a movie about the case of Sofia Petrova, who pleads in a new and emotional video for her mother - an academically brilliant Soviet-born US citizen - to allow her to return to the family home in Virginia. 

For now Sofia's pain remains raw. For more than two years, as we revealed last week, this 17 year old girl has been banished to Siberia, and all her appeals to mother Natalia Roberts, 36, an assistant professor evidently widely respected in the US, have gone unheeded. 

Now more details have emerged of this case. No-one - least of all Sofia - is pretending she was an angel in the period before she was sent to Siberia.

In our video, she apologises once again. But it seems this is not enough for her stepfather who lately has stopped the girl from communicating with her mother, or so it seems from his step-parenting-by-Facebook. 

Sofia overstepped the mark, stealing more than $1000 from the home of her mother and lawyer stepfather James 'Jim' Roberts. She was accused of being into drugs, something she vehemently denies. Apparently, she invited boys home, breaching the rigid rules of her home as set down by the man her mother married. Arguably, Sofia would be tough to handle for many parents, as are lots of adolescents: but did her punishment fit the crime? Was there no other way to deal with her supposed sins? 

Long ago she admitted her wrong-doing and promised to mend her ways. 

Sofia Petrova

No-one - least of all Sofia - is pretending she was an angel in the period before she was sent to Siberia. Picture: Sofia Petrova's facebook

As we disclosed in our first story, she was sent a few days after her 15th birthday to Russia to meet her blood father Igor Petrov, a man who she hasn't seen since she was two. Sofia's mother had raised her from when she was a toddler as an American: so she spoke no Russian. In every meaningful sense, she was an American girl, though unlike her mother, she did not have a US passport. 

She was sent to Russia for a three week 'holiday', only later understanding that her mother was in no rush to have her back. 

Her father - who lives in the town of Berdsk and works coupling trains - seemed to be singularly ill-suited to take over parenting of a high maintenance teenager, and Sofia said he was violent towards her. Russian psychologists and teachers have expressed their concern about the girl being placed with him.

In the economically difficult mid-1990s, Sofia's mother Natalia found a way out of Siberia where she had received a high class education, leaving for the US. A year or so later she came back for her baby Sofia who she had left with Igor and his mother. She got together with another man who Sofia grew up believing to be her father.

Only much later did she discover the truth. She was fleetingly introduced to Igor via Skype before being sent to him by Natalia. She was passed back to a world her mother had long since rejected for her new existence in the US, and which she had no way of understanding.

Not that Sofia has not received genuine kindness and help in Siberia, from people deeply concerned over her plight. 

The Siberian Times has spoken to those who have done their best to help the girl - and Sofia's father Igor, who said he was given eight hours notice to fly to Moscow and collect his daughter. 

Zoya Rodina is director of lyceum No. 6 in Berdsk, where Sofia studied after being told she could not return to America. 

'When it became clear that Sofia will not return home in September, we called her father to come and discuss the question of girl's education,' she said. 'He came to school with Sofia and it was the first and the last time when he came here by himself. After that we just asked him to come and speak about their problems with Sofia.

'I saw a terrified and shy child. When we told her that her stay in Russia was prolonged and obviously she would not return before the beginning of school year, and she should think seriously about her Russian education... she just began to cry. Her eyes were full of tears. But we persuaded her and she began her study'. 

'She was a diligent girl. And you know, we work with different children, and we certainly see troubled teens. They can miss lessons without any reason, we see them smoking or drinking or something like this. A troubled teen is always visible. But for two years there was no single reason to think that Sofia was such a child. If the girl was reckless, she would not prepare for lessons the way she did.'

Of the decision to send her back to Siberia, she is unequivocal: 'I believe that this is a very harsh punishment for the child. It looks to me like a betrayal. I am also a mother, and my child is everything for me.'

School number 6 director Zoya Rodnina

Zoya Rodina, Berdsk No.6 lyceum. Picture: The Siberian Times

Of her relationship with Sofia's father, school director said: 'He seemed closed, aloof and yet a stranger for the girl. And Sofia was a stranger for him.'

Olga Kabanova, an English language teacher at the same school, and also an Honoгred Teacher of the Russian Federation, said: 'I remember Sofia from when she began studying in our school. The first things I noticed about her - after, naturally, very poor Russian and excellent English - were that she was quite malnourished and didn't have proper clothes. 

'Sofia's Russian is much better now - though it is still not on the level that would allow her to pass the unified state exam at the end of the school. One good thing her father did was that he signed her for the so-called 'individual programme', which means that a child studies away from the class and face to face with teachers. 

'Sofia is a smart girl, talented in subjects like maths and physics, but even with her dedication for studies she struggled with quite a number of subjects, like Russian history, Russian language, Russian literature, naturally because of the language. Still she is very interested in literature, she reads Shakespeare and other English language classic literature, I gave her also Russian classic masterpieces. She likes poetry, Pushkin and Lermontov, and even writes poetry by herself. And also make some notes which are well written.'

The teacher help Sofia by personally translating materials into English so she could understand better.

'I think Sofia takes a lot after her mother in that she likes subjects like maths,' she said. 'Her mother is a very smart young woman. She studied at Novosibirsk's famous School of Physics and Mathematics, which is known for selecting the most talented teenagers around former Soviet union, and she later graduated from Novosibirsk State University. I know she is now an assistant university professor in America'.

Teacher Olga Kabanova

Olga Kabanova, an English language teacher from Berdsk No.6 lyceum. Picture: The Siberian Times 

This dedicated teacher took it upon herself to telephone Natalia and warn her of the harm her daughter faced. 

'I expected to have a good dialogue with her when I called her to discuss what I believed were a number of alarming situations around Sofia, like a lack of food in her father's house, and his alcohol habit. I realised it was a personal family affair, but since I was taking quite a part in Sofia's life then, I thought it was a good idea to share my concerns with her mother. 

'Our conversation was quite brief and intense. Basically, I was shouted at for intruding into her family life. 'You are disturbing me, and I am pregnant now!', she shouted at me. Of course that was the last thing I wanted... I apologised and stopped the chat. 

'But watching Sofia so lonely here, and being so American with everything she was doing - she was just too American, too open, too soft, too different to the local mentality, and however hard she tried she didn't fit in, she remained an alien, it made me feel very uneasy about letting this situation to drag on. 

'I decided to try calling her mother again. By then Sofia's little half brother was born, and I thought perhaps her mother would have a bit more time for a chat. But she didn't. It was another uneasy conversation, with Natalia blaming Sofia for being unable to find a common language with her Russian family here in Siberia, unable to blend in, unable to get better Russian language, guilty, wrong, and bad. 

'Interestingly our chat began in English - which was fine for me since I am teaching it - but talking about blending into a Russian culture  from which Sofia had been taken out aged two and not using a single word of Russian seemed strange to me, and I asked Natalia to switch back to our native tongue. It was a very disappointing chat, which left me feel helpless and angry, since I saw a completely different picture here.

'I also went to see Sofia's father who works hard, but drinks also quite hard, who had no experience coping with a child and suddenly was given a 15 years old teenager, who allowed himself to enter Sofia's room being drunk and sat there for two hours speaking nonsense and using all kinds of derogatory words about Sofia's mother. How being a teenager was she supposed to suddenly blend in was beyond me. 

'I am not trying to deny nor justify what Sofia did in the past, but I think her punishment went way too far, and I feel truly upset and disturbed by her family in America remaining deaf and blind to what is happening to her.'

Number 6 school Berdsk Siberia


Number 6 school Berdsk Siberia

Lyceum No. 6  No. 6 in Berdsk, where Sofia studied after being told she could not return to America. Pictures: The Siberian Times 

Sofia's father's behaviour led to her leaving his flat - and almost ending up in an orphanage. 

'Her father's flat was not so big, with two living rooms in a nine storey building. It was a typical bachelor apartment, without latches on the doors of the bathroom, so he could rush into in any time when Sofia was taking shower. And he even did so a few times. We insisted that in her room repairs were made and bolts were put on the door to the bathroom and toilet', Olga Kabanova said. 'But do you know what he did after that? He punched through the wall in the toilet so that he can monitor what she was doing there. We came with the police to fix it'.

The Siberian Times has been shown Sofia's official complaint to the director of her school about her father, ten months after she was sent to Russia. 

'I refuse to live with Igor, because I think his mental state is not quite adequate, and the house where I live is not safe for me,' she said. 

'He can be aggressive and put pressure on me. During my living with him (since March 2011), he has three times actually attacked me and physically impacted. He grabbed me and pushed me with the force, and when I tried to call for help, he covered my mouth with his hand. He is constantly watching me in the house that increases the tension, I always have nothing to eat or drink. 

'I'm scared to live with him. His state can change dramatically, even when he is relatively calm. Sometimes he comes close enough to me and touches my face, so I feel uneasy. He needs treatment and I refuse to live with a man who can fall into unexpected aggression and to maintain such a lifestyle. 

'The main thing that disappointed me is that there are pornographic pictures, images of naked girls hanging on the wall in his room - and then there is a  picture of me attached among them. Also there is nowhere at home where I could lock'. 

Sofia Petrova

'Sofia's mother Natalia blamed her for being unable to find a common language with her Russian family here in Siberia, unable to blend in, unable to get better Russian language, guilty, wrong, bad'. Picture: Sofia Petrova's facebook

Though she left his home, Sofia was persuaded to go back to live with him apparently under the impression that her mother would then permit her back to America, which would be more difficult had she been placed in an orphanage. Faced with such a situation, the school psychologist Tatiana Krasnoshchekova wrote to Sofia's mother Natalia last year, making claims which are her personal judgement as a professional, but which are not independently verified. 

'I am the psychologist of the lyceum, where Sofia studies,' she explained. 'Facts that I have learned about the girl's fate triggered in me a sense of bewilderment about the social responsibility of her family. Among the relatives in Russia, not one person is interested in her psychological comfort. Her father cannot and does not know how to create such conditions because of his inadequate mental state. 

'I met with him and made my professional opinion about him. He is not quite a full-fledged person mentally; for this reason, he has lived alone all his life. He was constantly cared for by his own family: they bought an apartment for him so that he lived separetely, and helped him financially from time to time.

'Over the years, his psychological health apparently worsened, and Sofia's appearance put an extra stress on him. He does not know how to keep the house, he is not well trained to look after himself. He is not used to cook or buy products on time, or keep the apartment clean. Sofia's arrival landed him with a number of new and unusual responsibilities. He wasted the money (you) sent (to pay for Sofia) by buying two expensive laptops.

'Sofia had to earn to pay for her own clothes. She worked at school during summer and gave private lessons. That allowed her to buy a warm winter coat. Her father does not give her money not only for school lunches, but also for basic hygiene supplies that are essential for every girl.

'Numerous conversations with Sofia's father gave no result. He would listen to teachers appeals, but few days afterwards he would start oppressing her again. 

'Sofia's relatives do not show any interest in her fate. (You) took the girl to give her permanent residence (in America), so no-one was ready for her re-appearance (in Russia). Although Sofia is a very smart, sensible girl, the continuous social stress in which she is living does not allow her to adapt to the full. 

'Having grown up in an environment of your country and formed as a person in America, with all the American socio-cultural skills, Sofia has no desire to adapt to the Russian environment. Therefore, to my professional opinion, she will not be able to successfully settle down here'.

Sofia Petrova

'She was just too American, too open, too soft, too different to the local mentality, and however hard she tried she didn't fit in, she remained an alien, it made me feel very uneasy about letting this situation to drag on'. Picture: Sofia Petrova's facebook

One Russian professional familiar with the case has described James Roberts as a 'stepfather from hell', and there are concerns that the mother is unable to make rational judgements about her daughter because of pressure from him.

In a recent Facebook conversation with her, he told Sofia:

'There are no riddles. Be nice. Be respectful. Don't do drugs. Don't steal. Follow the rules of the parents and the house. You could comply with none of these rules here, so it we thought you could learn them with your father, at least you could not here. Sofia, I am speaking instead of your mother because you cannot have a conversation without yelling at her, threatening her and telling her what an awful person she is. She does not like this. This is not a riddle. It is clear. You do not have to quit, Sofia. All you have to do is change tacks. You continue trying to come back by threatening us. How will this make us think that you have become more respectful ? How about befriending your father. How about befriending your grandparents ? How about being respectful to them ? These are simple, easy things to do. They are not riddles.'

Sofia told him: 'Excuse me, but should we go look back at the phone recordings? Because I believe it wasn't me yelling, but rather it was her. And I never said that she was an awful person, because she isn't. Let's not put words into my mouth. And once again, I repeat. Igor is an ALCOHOLIC. Try to live with an alcoholic and tell me how you like it.'

Step-father wrote back: 'From my side Sofia, nothing has changed. You were told you have a way back when you arrived, and you are being told you have a way back now. Nothing has changed. Nothing new added or retracted. I am merely repeating now something I discussed at length with you once you arrived. The situation remains the same and your path back remains the same. There is no dialogue, only the repeating of path back given to you so long ago. The only difference is that you wanted it public, so I am publicly putting it on Facebook. It is publicly acknowledged. Your path back is simple, and it remains present today.

'You can come back based upon your actions. You can come back if your mother believes you are ready. Your friend Anastasiya, your friend Robert, your school counsellor, the embassy, the FBI, the reporters, none of them can bring you back. If you are one of the listed people, and if you care about Sofia, I would suggest that you can help her come back. You know the way. It is listed above. It is true and real. If you want to help her, then help her. What you are doing is not helping her.'

She tells him: 'Jim you are a lawyer, your job is to convince people that your client is innocent. It doesn't even matter if they are or not. You know very well how to persuade people. But remember, this isn't a courtroom.'

Sofia Petrova

'You can come back based upon your actions. You can come back if your mother believes you are ready. Your friend Anastasiya, your friend Robert, your school counsellor, the embassy, the FBI, the reporters, none of them can bring you back'. Picture: Sofia Petrova's facebook

Igor Petrov declined to meet The Siberian Times, but he spoke on the telephone. He said that in March 2011 - 'two days before Sofia was due to get American citizenship' he heard from his ex-wife.

'Suddenly in the middle of the night there was a call saying: 'Meet your daughter, this is the number of the flight. I had no time to think. I had only eight hours to buy tickets and reach Moscow.'

He claimed that Sofia was sent to Siberia to avoid her 'deportation' from America possibly after a prosecution. The reasons are unclear.

'The child could have been deported. To prevent this, they found a way out. This was one of the key points.'

We could not verify this claim. When she arrived, he said, she was cold towards her Russian family. These were people she did not know, he acknowledged. 

'Do you know all the problems we had with her? She did not want to communicate neither with her cousin Ksenia, nor her other relatives. She simply did not want to. Her cousin is just one year older than her. She brought Sofia to Russian school, showed her everything, tried to talk to her, but it was useless. The child refused to contact with her relatives. It was her choice'.

He strongly denied claims he was aggressive to Sofia, did not properly care for her or exposed her to pornographic images. He also denied any mental issues. Her complaints about him had been probed by Russian investigators, he insisted, resulting in no legal action.

'There was an examination,' he said. 'They've been checking everything for three months, the specialists could find nothing illegal'.

Sofia Petrova

'She started smiling again and became more normal. With the help of God everything will be all right with her'. Picture: Sofia Petrova's facebook

Igor's explanation included a claim that Sofia could not return to the US because 'her mother is scared' and they only way to get round this would be for his daughter to legally reject her mother.

'She also could write a statement, like: 'I want to reject my mother and so on... And she will be immediately taken away by the Americans as an adopted daughter. But she doesn't want to. She knows about this way, but she loves her mother and will not do her any harm. And I will not write such statement and will not sign it'.

Igor Petrov said he had helped Sofia. 'She started smiling again and became more normal. With the help of God everything will be all right with her. And of course I had warm feelings towards her - why would I be solving all these problems otherwise? I could have let her live here and then send her back to America. I could have lied to Natalya that I could do nothing to help her with Sofia. Or else I could have just sent her to some international school, but I tried to help'. 

Igor also painted his daughter as manipulative and alleged her complaints had been rejected already by both the US embassy and the Russian children's ombudsman Pavel Astakhov. We could not verify this claim.

'One year ago and two years ago, she reached the embassy, she reached Astakhov, she sent all her complaints to them,' he said. 'She manipulates you; earlier on she got rejected everywhere she tried to complain, and now she is trying to manipulate you and is reaching to TV. If this doesn't help her, she would go and try somewhere else'. 

It is now more than two and a half years since Sofia was sent to another world of which she knew almost nothing. Given she is to all intents and purposes American, it is hard for the Russian authorities to provide for her and meet her cultural needs even if they are willing to help. The US authorities perhaps feel no obligations to her because she is not a US citizen (though we wonder why she is not, given her mother's status as an American citizen).

Sofia's parents and step-father seem ill-suited to the task of helping her. She seems to be completely lost between two worlds, a Russian-born American-bred teenager, who keeps calling for her mother's forgiveness.

Comments (22)

I am friends with her younger sister who says that she doesn't talk to her. Also, the mother is quite cruel to my friend. I often had to help her with her family problems.
, USA
20/08/2018 09:45
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I'm sorry for my bad English. But the true is that she will never come back to America. It is very hard to her. Actually because her mother left her and don't want her back. I think her position isn't right. She don't want to start living in Russia, but if she won't do it she will die. And all of us must tell her to begin a peaceful life with her father, and start to planning her life in Russia. She must to have education, begin work in future and she must stop dreaming about coming back
Maria, Russian Federation, Vladivostok
22/04/2015 15:59
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What this girl does not understand is that the life she had in the US was her mother's gift.Her mother had to work hard and earn the life she has now. The least she has to have back is some appreciation from her children. Nothing in this life is for granted, and the earlier you learn it the better.
Oxana, San Diego
23/05/2014 00:34
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Russia carries no blame in this situation. This situation is the result of her mother and step-father's actions and their neglect to properly care for her and follow the law allowing their daughter to become a USA citizen. This article shows the caring attitude of the teachers and the community for this young woman. I commend the school for their efforts to help an angry young woman who has been severely psychologically affected by the actions of her family. My heart goes out to Sophia. I would be willing to teach English at her school and adopt her or foster her to resolve this situation one way or another.
Shelly Wise, Williston, ND
23/03/2014 03:03
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Siberia should open a program for parents of juvenile delinquent children to banish there for their teenage years. Just surviving is a constant struggle for many adults and children around the world.
Viktor, NY, NY
18/12/2013 20:28
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PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION TO HELP BRING SOFIA HOME!!!!!!



http://www.change.org/petitions/the-united-states-government-bring-home-sofia-petrova
STEPHANIE JOHNSON, MASSAPEQUA
21/11/2013 01:31
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I think she has to find a american husband just to come back. She is not bad looking so I'd think she wouldn't have a problem finding one plus she is american raised. I don't see why can't she become naturalized easily too
Grant, Kotzebue,alaska
18/11/2013 15:30
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I hope that she can become the person that she wants to become and look at this as the way she was able to free herself from any expectation and obligations to anyone but herself. The longer she degrades herself by bargaining and apologizing to these ruthless and callous people, the longer the road to recovery. She needs to stop engaging them and move on with her life. If she wants to get back to America, she needs to figure out a way on her own and not be indebted and ingratiated to these monsters. At least America is an open country that offers tourist, student and visitors visas. Can she go to the American embassy in Russia and explain her case? I wish her the best of luck and hope that sharing my experience will make her feel a little less alone. Love surrounds you. Look for it in the places from which it is coming, not from the places where you expect it to come from.
Paris, America
17/11/2013 20:20
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When I stumbled upon this story my heart melted. Very much the same thing happened to me in its own way. For those of you wondering what could happen, its not pretty. The damage has already been done. When I just turned fifteen my parents sent my to another continent against me begging them not to. I knew that I could never return to my country because, although I was born there and grew up there, they are extremely closed. There are no tourist or visitors or student visas. So after my three years of school, sure enough, my family( my little brother got to live with them too) my family moved to America. I had never been to this place that we moved to and immediately my dad told me that I needed to get a job. I had no idea how to in America and the day before had only first learned of the number given to me at birth. I succeeded in getting a job at a pancake house, graveyard shift. The people who came in were drunk or on drugs. And the people that I worked with were on meth and or had killed someone. These people seemed to care more and so I fell into that lifestyle for about six months. Feeling completely ostracized by family I spent all my work and free time with drug addicts and dealers. They were the first people I had met anyway and I thought that maybe everyone was like that?? I quit, cold turkey, and drove away from them to a friend of mine from the high school we went to in the car I had finally saved up enough to buy, and almost died on my way back in a terrible car crash that had nothing to do with speed or drugs and alcohol..it was black ice. And when I recovered I discovered that I was being charged with careless driving and owed the hospital 1200 for taking me four miles in an ambulance where I picked the glass out of my own arm and face. I asked my dad if I could borrow money to buy another car so that I could get two jobs and be able to drive to university and he said no. Turns out he had been gambling all the money away for years on the internet and lied to us all about it. He was the only one who, ten months later, still didn't have a job and ten YEARS later still doesn't have one. The guilt I felt was enormous. I felt like for parents to do this kinda thing to their child I must've been really really bad. And I wanted their love and forgiveness. I dreamed of buying them a house in the south of France and tried to figure out how I could do that to make up for the fact that they were destitute. Five years of guilt and being condescended to and trying to come to terms with the fact that I could never go home to my country (unless I got a job there, where I can only be a teacher, which I'm currently in the process of doing) and I suddenly had a eureka moment where I realized that all this guilt that I felt is false. All of these feelings of unworthiness and uselessness were false. But I don't know if I could've done it alone. I was self medicating with alcohol. As much as possible. I still graduated with great grades and worked all the time, but most free moments were consumed with the thought of how to not experience that moment. Drown it out. I had no friends, didn't fit in with anyone. Was an adult teenage girl who was like an infant in terms of knowing what was happening in the new country with its laws and customs. I needed who is now my husband to help me through. I leaned heavily on him and I hope that she can find someone who will give her love. True love. It is the most healing substance around. I was trying to kill myself with alcohol and drugs (that I only started once they sent me away) until I met him. I feel so much better not seeking out my fathers love and forgiveness. He is scum. As an adult I can really see how sick it was to do what they did to me. My mother has come around and has since helped me, she still has not apologized but she is kind and generous now. I have had to have many long conversations with her where it was clear that I was prepared to cut off all ties with her too. I hope this young girl is able to give up her hope of reuniting with her family where there isn't one. I hope that she can find someone who can show her how beautiful and talented she is. How strong and capable she is. I hope that she can internalize this and radiate it throughout herself. To release that outside voice and feel it self generate. I hope that she can stop apologizing to people who, no matter how much you beg and plead and reason, have already made up their minds. I hope that she can become the person that she wants to become and look at this as the way she was able to free herself from any expectations and obligations to anyone but herself. The longer she degrades herself by apologizing to ruthless and callous people, the longer the road to recovery is. She needs to stop engaging them and move on with her life. If she wants to get back to America, she needs to figure out a way on her own and not be indebted to these monsters. At least America is an open country that offers tourist, student and visitors visas. Can she go to the American embassy in Russia and explain her case? I wish her the best of luck and hope that sharing my experience will make her feel a little less alone. Love surrounds you. Look for it in the places from which it is coming, not from the places where you expect it to come from.
Paris, washington dc usa
17/11/2013 19:28
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Child Protection Services in the state of Virginia need to intervene. This is a case of extreme neglect.
Susan Hicks, USA
16/11/2013 05:59
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Someone PLEASE act an employer (& human being!) and bring this girl to the US! If I had the health & money I would do this in a minute!!


I have a daughter, a very strong-willed & adventurous child that is much like I was as an adolescent! But a mothers love is deep and forgiving; a real mother could never do this to her child, not for more than a few days much less a few YEARS! I hope this girl will someday show her mother how STRONG & driven she is! I hope she makes it back to the US! And.. her mom & Step-dad don't DESERVE to be parents to her little brother whom Sofia's never even met. This story brought tears to my eyes...


I hope someone can help her! PLEASE!
Angelina, Central USA
14/11/2013 02:42
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If the step-father was adapted the child? If he did, what about the bio father, did he signed legal paper for adaption? . If the step-father has no legal rights to the child, he cannot get involved in this case. Custody does not count in this case. If the children agency of Virginia was investigated this case?. If the mother abandoned one child, all children should be remove from the mother. This is a lot of legal questions, and the mother should be responsible .
Julia, USA, New York
12/11/2013 03:43
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Dear all, who want to contact with Sofia and propose her help: we pass all your messages to her, but you can contact her directly via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sofia.roberts.9?hc_location=stream
Now she has problems with her work, and her struggle to get back continues.
Those sсeptical about this story, please feel free to live your comments here, on Siberian Times - but please, no need to express them to Sofia. She has enough criticism in her everyday life.
Thank you
Anna , Novosibirsk
08/11/2013 21:39
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She deserves this lesson, learned the hard way. I can't stand today's spoiled, aggressive teenagers.
lorenzo, Italy
08/11/2013 03:41
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This story made me cry. I would move hell and high water to re unite with my child. A daughter is a blessing, even a willful one. She has the right to know that she is precious and valued and is loved. Every child deserves this.What will her future be with these emotional scars? She can overcome them but will carry the scars forever. Apparently, her mother, stepfather and father hold her to a higher level of accountability than they are willing to hold themselves. I would take her in in a heartbeat.
shelly, Williston, North Dakota
07/11/2013 10:18
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