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Old 06-03-2021, 08:44 PM
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Problems with private domestic adoption appear to be widespread. Interviews with dozens of current and former adoption professionals, birth parents, adoptive parents and reform advocates, as well as a review of hundreds of pages of documents, reveal issues ranging from commission schemes and illegal gag clauses to Craigslistesque ads for babies and lower rates for parents willing to adopt babies of any race. No one centrally tracks private adoptions in the U.S., but best estimates, from the Donaldson Adoption Institute (2006) and the National Council for Adoption (2014), respectively, peg the number of annual nonrelative infant adoptions at roughly 13,000 to 18,000. Public agencies are involved in approximately 1,000 of those, suggesting that the vast majority of domestic infant adoptions involve the private sector—and the market forces that drive it.
Adoptive parents, former employees say, were sometimes provided inaccurate statistics on how often the company’s attempts to matchmake were successful. “They almost made it seem like birth mothers were lining up to give their babies away,” says one. “That’s not reality.” (Yellin says in the 2011 deposition that the data were outdated, not inaccurate.) Clients pay their fees in two nonrefundable installments, one at the beginning of the process and another after matching with a birth mother. As a result, former employees say, if the adoption fell through, there was little financial incentive for ANLC to rematch the parents, and those couples were routinely not presented to other birth mothers. “Counselors were being pressured to do this by the higher-ups,” claims one former employee, recalling instructions to “not match couples that are not bringing in money. Period.”
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Old 06-07-2021, 06:32 AM
Location: NJ
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Originally Posted by xy340 View Post

Thanks for posting the article. I hope I live to see the day when something is done about how much money people make off of adoption as well as the amount of couples wanting a child that get screwed over and lose a lot of money because they have more adoptive parents then kids. The adoptive parents should pay a small fee to be listed, then no money changes hands until they get the child. The adoption agency can do what it wants because it has no money in the game.

The only one not profiting from adoption is the woman actually carrying the child and giving them away. They should be able to get some form of payment for doing so instead of "living or medical expenses" while she's pregnant.
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