I know that I’ve read a few blog posts and articles about the practice of advertising yourself for a baby, but I just had to pass this on as it is a blog from the Wall Street Journal. Anyone who doubts adoption is a business should read this article that’s straight from an AP’s mouth. Here’s the opening paragraph:
Get a lawyer, set up a website, create an advertising budget. These may sound like steps needed to launch a business venture, but this is actually the advice professionals give to people looking to adopt a newborn in the U.S.
The author goes on to say that their “son found us on the Internet”. I pictured an infant surfing the Internet looking for a couple of good looking, well-to-do parents. I’m not sure the author can dehumanize her son’s first mother any more than she did with that one sentence.
According to this article, anyone can advertise for a child. They have to go through a lawyer for finalization, but how would anyone know if those prospective adoptive parents were truly who they said they were. Unethical behavior in a business (yes adoption is a business) happens all the time. There is no one representing the mother or her baby. In my opinion, there is not a lot of difference between this and child trafficking.