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Rethinking Support For Adoptive Parents, Mary Eschelbach Hansen Feb 2009

Rethinking Support For Adoptive Parents, Mary Eschelbach Hansen

Mary Eschelbach Hansen

Since 1980, the U.S. government has offered subsidies to encourage surrogate parents to adopt children who are in foster care and cannot be reunited with their birth parents. Despite some success, the subsidy program has not attracted enough parents to meet the needs of the children. The critical problem is that the subsidy program does not adequately recognize the difficulty of assessing the child’s future needs; therefore, the subsidy does not adequately reduce the substantial financial risk associated with caring for a child adopted from foster care. A supplementary insurance program could attract new adoptive families and could also improve …


Price And Pretense In The Baby Market, Kimberly D. Krawiec Jan 2009

Price And Pretense In The Baby Market, Kimberly D. Krawiec

Kimberly D. Krawiec

Throughout the world, baby selling is formally prohibited. And throughout the world babies are bought and sold each day. As demonstrated in this Essay, the legal baby trade is a global market in which prospective parents pay, scores of intermediaries profit, and the demand for children is clearly differentiated by age, race, special needs, and other consumer preferences, with prices ranging from zero to over one hundred thousand dollars. Yet legal regimes and policymakers around the world pretend that the baby market does not exist, most notably through prohibitions against “baby selling” – typically defined as a prohibition against the …