Growing trend: Craigslist adoption ads
Prospective parents turn to the popular online classified site in hopes of adopting a child.
"Happy couple seeks to adopt baby."
Would-be parents are posting ads like this on Craigslist in hopes of connecting directly with birth mothers and cutting out the middle man and a lot of costs reports the Daily Mail.
Why is private online adoption growing so rapidly?
Piper Weiss, a writer who’s been exploring the world of online adoption, told ABC: “It allows them to connect with each other, potentially, but also it forces them to be their own filter and kind of be their own experts in the matter.”
According to the National Council for Adoption, in 2011 there were about 18,000 domestic infant adoptions.
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While experts, like the National Council for Adoption, recommend using Craigslist only in coordination with an adoption professional, the services of an agency can cost tens of thousands of dollars, compared with a free ad on Craigslist and the minimal expense of a toll-free number reports HLNtv.com.
Some may think seeking a birth mom match on Craigslist is a strange way to grow your family.
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Kristin Howerton, a blogger on Babble.com, disagrees:
“Craiglist is the new public marketplace. For years, people have advertised about adoption in the newspaper. And while that may have seemed more legitimate, the truth is that the internet is undoubtedly taking the place of print publications, especially for young people. A teenager with an unplanned pregnancy is much more likely to look online for a solution than she is to scour the personal ads in a local circular. Craigslist is easy, and it’s accessible to anyone with an internet connection.”
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