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Americans use the Internet to abandon children adopted from overseas

Nicole Eason sits in side her Tucson, Arizona home May 7, 2013. Eason has taken in more than a half-dozen children, many from failed international adoptions, during the past decade. Picture taken May 7, 2013. (REUTERS/Samantha Sais)

Americans use the Internet to abandon children adopted from overseas

September 10, 2013

Through Yahoo and Facebook groups, parents and others advertise the unwanted children and then pass them to strangers with little or no government scrutiny, sometimes illegally, a Reuters investigation has found. It is a largely lawless marketplace. Often, the children are treated as chattel, and the needs of parents are put ahead of the welfare of the orphans they brought to America.



The practice is called "private re-homing," a term typically used by owners seeking new homes for their pets. Based on solicitations posted on one of eight similar online bulletin boards, the parallels are striking. (Reuters)



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