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Growing trend: Craigslist adoption ads

Prospective parents turn to the popular online classified site in hopes of adopting a child.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Mar 5, 2013 8:04PM

"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.”

Photo: Craigslist adoption ads / Peter Cade/Getty ImagesAccording 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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Photo: Craigslist adoption ads / Peter Cade/Getty Images

Mar 20, 2013 6:10PM
That's an easy one: most social media avenues (Facebook, Craigslist, et al) are based in California, where it is illegal to advertise to solicit a child for adoption unless you are an accredited agency or State agency (c.f. Use of Advertisement
Citation: Family Law § 8609(a): "No person or organization may advertise in any periodical or newspaper or by radio or other public medium that he, she, or it will place or provide children for adoption, or cause any advertisement to be published in any public medium soliciting, requesting, or asking for any child or children for adoption, unless that person or organization is licensed to place children for adoption by the department.")

There ya go...simple enough. Anyone noted as trafficking children on Craigslist, Facebook or any other social media operating out of a state that prohibits advertising (which is most) by any entity other than an accredited agency or State body will be reported to local law enforcement in that state.
Mar 13, 2013 10:45AM
I am adopted... I thank God my parents had to jump through some hoops to get me... I shudder to think where I might have ended up!
Mar 6, 2013 9:35PM
higher teen pregnancy, unwanted children, adoption agency fees are too high for the very bad economy. But this is opening a giant can of worms and other vile freaks that will do anything for money!
The real problem is the adoption agencies that exploit the families with a true desire to grow their family and will charge enormous prices with limited resources.  Our government needs to get a handle on these corrupt agencies that makes very large profits in the baby selling business.  My wife and I are going through an adoption search process right now and it is infuriating to hear the desperate need of adoptive families for children that need a stable home and yet they charge minimum of 16K.......
Mar 5, 2013 10:57PM

Someone posted a half empty bag of chips on craigslist!

Mar 5, 2013 10:50PM
My husband and I would love to adopt but every single form we gather requires thousands of dollars that could easily be used to bring up a child.  I think if there were more inexpensive ways to adopt, people would adopt more and help those children who need it.
Mar 5, 2013 10:39PM
I don't like this it's wrong I think adopting kids online is stupid
Mar 5, 2013 10:25PM
this should be illegal, its nearly child exploitation! any ****in pedo creeper can post ads like this!
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