The Anti-Adoption Movement

adoption reform

I read an interesting article in a recent edition of New Republic magazine. The article is about a group of people that the magazine calls the “Anti-adoption movement.” These are people who more accurately call themselves advocates for “adoptee rights.”  These advocates want to reform adoption laws in ways that include restricting the monetary support for pregnant woman considering adoption, making open adoptions legally enforceable, and giving women more time to decide whether to terminate parental rights.

Parents may be hard-pressed to understand how anyone could be “anti-adoption,” after experiencing the joy and love that adoption brings to families and to children. But, problems do exist in the system. There are some adoption agencies that pressure unwed mothers into giving up their children by giving the mothers money and isolating them from friends and family. And, one can easily find a plethora of blogs written by remorseful women who claim they were coerced into giving up their children for adoption with financial incentives and/or promises of an open adoption.

While it is true that there are some abuses in the adoption system, that does not mean that the whole system is bad and corrupt. Any system that is large enough will have some bad actors and problems. It is inevitable. Rather than throwing out the entire system, the bad actors are the ones who need to be rooted out and properly dealt with by the legal system. I fully support doing that.

I want to know what you think. Read the article and let me know in the comment section below.


Tana Benner
Tana Benner is an adoption attorney with Columbia Family Law Group. Her practice is focused in the area of family law and she has particular interests in adoption and helping children and victims of domestic violence.