Dolllars and No Sense

"When  money speaks, the truth keeps silent. –  Russian Proverb"

An adoption "agency" in Illinois is sending letters to known adoptive family’s encouraging them to adopt again.  Perhaps they have a back log (I doubt it) or perhaps they just want to make some money (highly likely). I wonder if the letter has a coupon in it? Perhaps a quantity discount? Maybe a "white sale" in January? 

For the small price of $50,000 they promise a  healthy infant in relatively short order.

Fifty thousand dollars.

Hmph. I am offended.

My daughter and adoptees like her in the 80s only cost between $15 and $25 thousand. Are todays babies more valuable? Why they appreciation? Do they have extra bells and whistles? Maybe a few extra appendages? Do they dance when they are born? Talk and walk? Maybe come equipped with a guaranteed IQ? Maybe they are one of the 4400 and have special powers?

Has the cost of a home study increased that much? Are the courts that much more expensive? 

My mother likes to  joke that my car cost more than the house she lives in. She bought it in the 1970s for $14K . My car cost over $20k. Imagine being told  YOU cost more than the family car?

And I still say its ugly and nasty and you cannot put a price on our children or the pain caused by separating them from us.

3 Thoughts.

  1. All I can say is WOW. I guess you can’t say the name of the agency. I’d be curious to look them up and see their site. This is so over the top. You know now that I think of it, we do get a “discount” if we use our same agency for a second or more adoption. They keep giving more of a discount with more adoption up to a limit. I never really thought about that. Yes, they do want our return business I suppose. I never thought of it that way.
    I’m not into the “hwi scene” (totally NO interest) or domestic adoption, but as an infertile woman who wants to be a parent, I can tell you I am not rich, but money is no object. I’d have paid way more, gone into hock, gone into debt for the rest of my days and so on for the chance to parent. I mean people pay hundreds of thousands for houses…my daughter is priceless and so is the boy I’m adopting. It’s just that simple. So, I can’t say I’m surprised to see fees listed, to see them rising, and to still see business as usual. Of course children are priceless….but the reality is that “priceless” does not an afamily make. There is a financial transaction involved, so a $ figure there needs to be.

  2. Outrageous! I still don’t see how it could possibly be that much. Agencies like that are making money on the backs of the first mothers, adoptees, and adoptive parents. I have no idea how to fix it, but that is so crazy!

  3. it’s economics straight up. i heard on television the other day that international adoptions have gone up substantially since 2003. demand is growing and countries like china and russia are getting pickier about adoptive parents.
    the birth rates are slowing down and so i guess with infertility and the fact that more ppl want a child from overseas makes 50 grand a standard price.
    how can anyone not look at that price and not see slavery???!!!!

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