Struggling families look at (open) adoption – USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2009-05-18-mother_N.htm

Struggling families look at adoption
USA Today

“The economy has made them take a second look at adoption,” says Scott Mars of American Adoptions, a private agency in Overland Park, Kan. In the past year, he’s seen a 10% to 12% increase in women inquiring about placing a child for adoption and a 7% to 10% increase in actual placements, as strong demand for healthy infants continues to outstrip the supply. …

THE BOND BETWEEN THE TWO FAMILIES REFLECTS A TREND TOWARD OPENNESS IN ADOPTION. In up to 90% of domestic infant adoptions, Pertman says, ADOPTIVE PARENTS MAINTAIN SOME CONTACT WITH BIRTH PARENTS.”
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My note:
As it should with ‘donor’ conception and surrogacy.

One thought on “Struggling families look at (open) adoption – USA Today

  • May 20, 2009 at 6:34 am
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    ” Pertman says, ADOPTIVE PARENTS MAINTAIN SOME CONTACT WITH BIRTH PARENTS.”
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    That statement is an out-right lie. Contracts between adoptive parents and natural parents are not binding at all, even when signed. The contracts are nearly never enforced. Too often once the document is signed and the baby is transfered to adoptive family, the adoptive family moves without informing either the courts or the natural parents, and the Open adoption becomes closed, just like that, Or, the adoptive parents change their number and leave it unlisted, leaving itimpossible for the natural family to contact them to inquire about their child. The horrible irony is when the adoptive family is questioned by authority, they either lie about it or worse yet, say that it is the Natural parents that have avoided contact with them.

    Adoption is a 1.5 billion dollar a year industry and there are plenty of lawyers, baby brokers and social workers who all want a peice of this lucrative pie in the quest for selling hwi’s (healthy white infants). It is big money for an even bigger demand, and the whole adoption act has to be re-formed. I am not even sure how.

    P.D. S.

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