Previously published in Examiner
Part 1 of the baby selling seriesBaby selling
Baby selling refers to the illegal practice of selling one’s own baby or acting as an agent to negotiate a deal and sell a newborn for the birth parent or parents. Even though baby selling is illegal you will still find people who are willing to sell a baby for profit and of course the individuals who are desperate enough to buy them. Baby selling is not to be confused with legal adoptions.
How does baby selling differ from a legal adoption
A legal adoption is a procedure where each state will grant all legal rights and responsibilities to the adoptive parents. These adoptions go through a court appointed agency with strict regulations throughout the process. There are two types of legal adoptions; open and shut. Each state will decide on accepting both or only one form of adoption.
In an open adoption the parents have a right to choose the adoptive parents for their newborn. Whereas in closed adoptions they forfeit all rights as a parent and the child is taken from them and put up for adoption. Some states allow payment in exchange for health and medical fees that the pregnant mothers incurs, while other states do not allow any direct payment from the adoptive parent to the biological parent. Many times the adoption agency or adoption lawyer will handle all legal fees. Having said that, sometimes lawyers and adoption agencies are accused of baby selling in the USA if the fees they charge seem to be well above the norm.
“Donna Roth, one of the ‘Montreal Black Market Babies’ has been reunited with her birth family (winter 1999). Congratulations Donna! – quoted from Montreal Black Market Babies article from birthbuddies email: email@example.com