The Stork Market: America's Multi-Billion Dollar Unregulated Adoption Industry.
xx, 260 p.
P.O. Box 28
Dayton, NJ 08810-0028
This book explores unethical adoption policies and practices in the United States. It begins by discussing the history of adoption in America, adoption reform, and the history of corruption in adoption. Chapter 2 debunks myths that have been created to rationalize adoption as it is currently practiced, and Chapter 3 emphasizes the need for members of the adoption triad to relate respectfully towards one another. Chapter 4 discusses how capitalism and corruption shape adoption, the cottage industry that has arisen to supply babies to adoptive parents, and the lack of regulations that enables the buying of babies. Following chapters explore: international adoptions by Americans and detail the corruption in adoption in specific countries; strategies to use to avoid being victimized as an adoptive parent and an expectant mother; the lack of enforcement in open adoption cases and the right to adoption records; parental rights of fathers and the challenges faced by fathers; implementing State-assisted foster care for both mother and child to preserve families; and alternatives to adoption. Family preservation strategies used by Australia to create child-centered alternatives for children at risk are described and recommendations are made for reforming the adoption process in the United States. Numerous references.
adoption; adoption process; ethics; United States; black market adoption; adoption reform movement; intercountry adoption