Playing Adoption Rehoming: How adopted kids can disappear without a trace

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Transferring child custody, without government authority involvement - child trade or child trafficking?

Published on Nov 12, 2014

He was only five years old when his adoptive parents decided they weren't going to keep him any more. They gave him away to a complete stranger who they found on the internet. Moses Gilbert was born in Liberia, adopted into Canada and then dropped off in Texas when the adoption didn't work out. All of this without any oversight or involvement from authorities. This unregulated practice is euphemistically called “rehoming” by communities that use online message-boards to trade children. B.C. Children's Advocate Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond explains that people who "rehome" after adoption are abusing a system that was never designed with this use in mind.


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