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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Adoption for profit?


Amy S. Cohen and Nancy Rosenhaus are associate directors of Adoptions with Love Inc., an nonprofit agency that has helped place more than 1,400 children in Massachusetts. In a letter to the editor, they lament a new law, passed quietly by the legislature over the summer, that allows for-profit agencies into the adoption business.

No individual or agency should ever profit from the placement of a child. Nonprofit agencies require transparent operations and procedures that protect all members of the adoption triad: the birth parents, the adoptive parents, and the children. For-profit organizations are focused on the bottom line and are not required to meet the same standards of openness as nonprofits. This law needs to be repealed, by a democratic process.

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