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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:

  1. Sign up with as many registries as possible, particularly those dedicated specifically to black market adoptions. .
  2. Network with others who are also involved with black market searches. Join list groups especially for black market searchers.
  3. Use your favorite search engine to locate all the information and resources possible about black market adoption 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


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Bob - 1 year ago
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I was adopted through the black market in the mid 30's. In the 60 years i have searched for any birth family, nothing has come to light. Living with no family has been difficult because you are reminded of your status through health history. Additionally you live in an adoption kingdom in your head. Adoption is a life long sentence which constantly lurks in the background -- not unlike a shadow that never speaks. Your not "better than" or "unique" but in your own eyes, neither are you an equal. I found the strength to put myself through school. And by becoming a professional i was able to make a contribution to the lives of others. My favorite quote; "I did not ask for the life I was given, but it was given nonetheless, and with it, I did my best." #1
vicki - 1 year ago
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Thank you Bob #2
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