A look at the kids offered on a Yahoo group

A look at the kids offered on a Yahoo group
By Ryan McNeill, Robin Respaut and Megan Twohey

[Inset to part 1 of a 5 article series here The Child Exchange: Inside America's Underground Market for Adopted Children ]

Created in September 2007, a Yahoo group called Adopting-from-Disruption was a place where struggling parents sought support from one another.

Some also used the group as a clearinghouse for unwanted children.

For an investigation into how parents use the Internet to offload adopted children, Reuters analyzed more than 5,000 messages posted on the forum over a five-year period, September 2007 to September 2012. During that time, the group was one of the most accessible Internet forums for adoptive parents seeking new homes for their children.

After Reuters shared its findings with Yahoo, the company acted quickly to shut down the group. Reuters identified more than 500 members who particpated at least once during the five-year time period. Just before it was closed, it had 184 members.

The information gleaned from posts on the group leaves some questions unanswered. Some advertisements for children contained limited information – for example, the age or sex of the child is missing. That means Reuters may have accounted for some children more than once.

Even so, the information in the posts provides a clear indication of the expanse of the Internet child exchange and many particulars about the children offered on it.


The Statistics

Isn't the true number of adoption disruptions in the US unknown, as no one is keeping track of these kids?
Sadly, if these are the numbers for one Yahoo site, one can only imagine how many disruptions there has been over the years with all the sites, groups and organizations that rehome kids. Truly heartbreaking for all involved.

re: The Statistics

Officially there are statistics about disruptions of inter-country adoptions, published by the Department of State in their annual report.

These statistics are relatively meaningless because disruptions are narrowly defined as the ending of the adoption after arrival in the United States but prior to finalization of the adoption. There are at most one or two such cases each year.

Ending an adoption after finalization is officially called "dissolution", and indeed there are no official statistics on those, at least not at the federal level.

Federal involvement in adoption only relates to inter-country adoption and ends the moment an adoption is finalized. Adoption remains a state issue and each state has its own rules and regulations and its own way of collecting statistical information. As far as I know (but I'd gladly be corrected if I am wrong), there are no states that specifically collect information about dissolved adoptions.

States do not collect this

States do not collect this information unless the child enters the government run child welfare system. Families courts do not report private adoptions/guardianships to state agencies.

On this yahoo group alone there were 261 children. Over 150 are estimated to have passed through the Ranch. Mega family blogs sometimes reveal a dozen or more kids they have taken in via disruption/dissolution. Just ten of these blogs=over a hundred children, but there are far more than ten of these families out there. A Child's Waiting agency processed quite a few new adoptions when they were operating and agencies who do "rehome" children typically handle infants or young children who are easy to place and charge for it. Agencies have been known to pass kids along to employees and privately draft guardianships so no one will know they had placements that failed. As long as the adoptions are not under Hague they do not report numbers. And that's just the start. Adoption lobbyists and agencies will not be shocked although they may pretend they are. It's an issue that has been around for years and isn't going away considering the shoddy placement practices all around.

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