by Burke Speaker | September 10, 2013 9:18 am
A stunning investigation by news agency Reuters found online groups in Facebook (FB) and Yahoo (YHOO) for parents looking to unload unwanted adopted children and those looking to adopt in a fashion unregulated by government agencies.
The children have usually been adopted from overseas (from Russia, China, Ethiopia and the Ukraine), ranging in ages from 6 to 14. The new parents then find themselves now unwilling to care for the children and turn to message boards to get rid of them.
Through Yahoo and Facebook groups, parents and others advertise the unwanted children and then pass them to strangers with little or no government scrutiny, sometimes illegally. It is a largely lawless marketplace.
….The Reuters investigation found that some children who were adopted and later re-homed have endured severe abuse. Speaking publicly about her experience for the first time, one girl adopted from China and later sent to a second home said she was made to dig her own grave. Another re-homed child, a Russian girl, recounted how a boy in one house urinated on her after the two had sex; she was 13 at the time and was re-homed three times in six months.
Over a period of five years, according to Reuters, a Yahoo message board called Adopting-from-Disruption featured an new ad for a child about once a week.
The article states that “re-homing often costs nothing. In fact, taking a child may enable the new family to claim a tax deduction and draw government benefits.”
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