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Tue September 10, 2013
Reuters investigation: Families giving adopted children away on the internet
Adopted children, largely from international adoptions, are being put into harm's way by adoptive parents often at their wits end. As Megan Towhey of Reuters finds, there are many internet-based forums where adoptive parents can advertise children they no longer want, and other people who want the children offer to take the children.
It's happening without any government involvement or oversight, and resembles child trafficking more than it does adoption.
The Reuters investigation found several instances where children placed through these groups were put in danger. Ana Barnes is one of these children, and she offers her devastating testimony of what it feels like to be passed around "like a dog" from family to family.
The series exposes the difficulty many adoptive parents face trying to meet the needs of their children, and the failure of any system to safeguard the children involved. It is well worth a read and an issue all those interested in child welfare should be aware of.