Man performs and engenders so much more than he can or should have to bear. That's how he finds that he can bear anything. ~ William Faulkner
"Black market adoptions" are those adoptions that involve the sale of children by unscrupulous persons for profit. In order to conceal illegal practices, original birth records are destroyed and replaced with false documents, or altered so that the child's origins will be almost impossible to trace.
Illegal adoptions thrived in certain states for many years, and have been well publicized.
Many groups have sprung up over the years to offer support and search help in connection with adoptions believed to fall into this category.
Reunion.Adoption.com has a web page devoted to black market searches. It has links to Web sites and articles discussing this difficult subject.
Most adoption searches hinge on following a paper trail; therefore, the greatest difficulty with black market adoption searches is the lack of an accurate (or any) paper trail, without which a search can be exceedingly difficult. However, a black market search is not impossible. In addition to trying the usual search methods, when possible, here are some suggestions for handling black market searches:
Black Market Adoption Search Resources
A Black Market Adoptee’s Relinquishment Papers and other information about High Tower Black Market Babies – Scroll down for the relinquishment papers.
1954 Look Magazine Article About Black Market Adoptions
© Excerpted from the Adoption.com Guide to Search and Reunion, published by Adoption Media, LLC
Credits: Jan Baker
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