ST. LOUIS – Parents are privately using the web to get rid of adopted children they no longer want.
News 4’s Jasmine Huda worked to find out if this underground problem was taking place in the local area.
Leigh Joy Carson of Clayton said “It really is a privilege to be her mom. She is my blessing. She's really fantastic." She adopted 11-year-old Marie.
Although not all adoptions are as successful and some parents with problems are bypassing the oversights and checks and turning to websites such as Facebook and Yahoo to broker an adoption online.
A national report done by Reuters, found thousands of instances of ‘re-homing” requests on various online message boards.
The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys say while most parents have good intentions, there are those people who are also going to the internet thinking it’s appropriate that that’s how to dispose of a child.
Catherine Keefe is adoption law attorney who said the practice is uncommon and unethical.
On a similar note, News 4 recently reported about a Facebook forum involving a woman who tried to get rid of her baby in exchange for thousands in cash.
The social media storyline was a scam but it illustrates that these kinds of cases exist.
Keefe said the online “re-homing” does more than put the child in danger.
“It raises red flags in my mind more about the parents, about the idea that someone would think it's appropriate - and that they would want to place a child with someone who hasn't been vetted, in the same way they were vetted,” said Keefe.
Keefe said parents seeking to disrupt an adoption can turn to various sources for help, including social service workers, attorneys and the court system.
The Missouri State’s Department of Social Services did not return messages left by News 4 for comment.