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Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Monday, November 23, 2009

Child Advertised for Adoption on Craigslist

Is it a scam, or an anxious young woman seeking a home for her baby?

That's the question Federal Way police are trying to answer as they trace the person who posted an ad on Craigslist offering an unborn child for adoption.

"Maybe she's just ignorant of the law, and we can point her in the right direction," police spokesman Raymond Bunk said.

The poster described herself as 22 years old and 5 months pregnant. She said she was looking for a wealthy couple to adopt the baby and pay her medical expenses.

Independent adoptions are legal in the state, and so is the practice of adoptive parents paying the birth mother's expenses. But under state law, only licensed agencies or the Department of Social and Health Services can advertise a child for adoption.

Read the Seattle Times story here.


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