Most people view adoption as a wonderful altruistic act that is a win win for all parties involved. The birth parents cannot raise a child for whatever reason and other, more establish couples are waiting to have children or add to their families and they cannot. The general consensus is “Finding homes for all those unwanted children.” It sounds like a adoption is meeting the needs of society.
The problem is that adoption is a business, a big business. There is lots of money to be had by those who make their living from the transferring of parental rights from one party to another. If adoption was truly a societal need, then there wouldn’t be such profits to be had.
Money and Profit in US Adoptions
Adoption is over a 13 billion dollar a year industry by anyone’s best approximation. Just like actual adoption statistics, there is not one governing body that oversees adoption practices. Most of us have to base the numbers off of a study done in 1999 that had actual numbers and an estimated growth rate. The profits to be had by adoption professionals break out like this:
Newer studies have documented as a much greater than projected amount; 13 Billion dollars is the best number available now for the Adoption & Child Welfare Services Industry.
My Must Read about the Adoption Industry
I write a lot about the adoption industry because in my opinion, they are the root of the issue. They exploit the desires and needs of prospective adoptive parents and tell them what they want to hear because they need their money. They exploit the birth mothers and tell them what they want to hear because they need their babies. They do thing like create “non-profits’ to cover their trails and make people think they are not in it for the money and use crisis pregnancy centers to recruit women at risk.
These are a few posts that tell the story:
I wrote this back in 2007 when I had first broken my arm. Since then I have made a point of collecting the tax returns of all the parties. Nothing has changed.
This is a full copy of the 2000 publication from the Family Research Council that is aimed at understanding why more women do not relinquish their children for adoption and what can be done to change that. It recommends that counselors must be trained to give women sound reasons that will counter the desires to keep their babies. Such as reinforce the notion that it takes strong, mature woman to place a child for adoption. It teaches that pregnancy counselors must communicate that adoption can be an heroic, responsible choice and that the child benefits tremendously.
This is also a full digital copy of the 2007 publication from the Family Research Council and the National Council for Adoption. It’s really like a “How to Create an Kool-Aide Drinking Happy Birthmother” guide. It reads like an demonstration of the actual twisting of the mind of a women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and the creation form that women, into a birthmother.