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Report Suggests that White Couples are Adopting Black Babies Because They Cost Less to Obtain

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Adoption has become a viable option for couples who deal with infertility issues or who want to expand a pre-existing family unit. There was a time when international adoptions were very popular, but some foreign countries have created such tight restrictions that many couples now look to adopt American children.  With both private and public adoptions, there fewer White children who are available so the number of Black children who are adopted has increased significantly.

The fastest growing demographic wanting to adopt Black children are White parents. However the motivation for why so many White couples are adopting Black children may not be so laudable.

NPR recently did a story that explored this new trend. As one set of adoptive parents learned, it is just much cheaper to adopt Black children then their healthy white or foreign peers.

Caryn Lantz and her husband live in Minneapolis.  Both are white and have adopted two African-American boys.  Caryn told NPR  that her adoption agency ” was telling us about these different fee structures that they had based on the ethnic background of the child. And … they also had, sort of a different track for adoptive parents.”

The fees are cheaper for African American children and the time allocated for the adoption process is quicker. The couple was told that  biracial, Latino, Asian or Caucasian children  would take longer because there were more people who wanted to adopt them.  The following chart from one adoption agency illustrates the fees associated with adopting children of different races (NPR):

A screen grab detailing the race-based cost differential for children being placed by various agencies. The original page appeared on the website for an adoption consulting group that links potential parents with adoption agencies. This fee structure has been common for some time throughout the adoption system. The group no longer posts this information to the public and asked to remain anonymous.
Caryn Lanz and her husband have provided a loving and safe home for her two sons. Both she and her husband are tankful that they had a chance to bring the young boys into their close knit family. Yet, by sharing their story, it introduces many to the inequities that exist when couples try to adopt.
Their story also raises the question as to why there is such discrepancy in the adoption industry. Do you think that the cost to adopt a child should vary by race?

 

 

 

 

 

6 Comments

  1. DKT

    September 9, 2013 at 1:17 am

    Sounds like a legal slave trade to me…

  2. Carolyn M.

    September 9, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Hit it on the head DKT!

  3. sonja

    September 9, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    I’m glad I came across this article. Because I was. Just telling a friend “LOOK LIKE I’LL HAVE TO ADOPT ME A GRANDCHILD.NOT THINKING THAT. I WAS SPEAKING IT INTO MY LIFE. SOMETHING TO REALLY CONSIDER. WE ARE OUR BROTHERS KEEPERS

  4. Giblet

    September 10, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Dkt and Sonja legalized slave trade!! U both must be the usual bad Credit high interst paying lazy materialistic jackazz poach monkee mafuggas think about the poor baby growing up to be an interest rate slave like you two or being brought up responsibly taught to honor your obligations the reward a 750 score instead of a 519 lets call the young adpptee Tayquan lol at 21here takes out a personal loan for $10,000 is 700 plus score gets him an interest rate of 2.9% he pays back the $10g plus $250 in interest now if Taquan grow up in the hood his 519 score gets him an 18-20% loan if he even pays it back it the 10g plus $2500 in interest……see Momma had to keep food on the table not pay her Credit card bill all because her breathing black dildo be out partying trying to find an ugly white bitch spending his check on wine liquor drugs chains rims Momma huad to teach the little ones bills come 2nd START TEACHING YOUNG NEGROES TO BE RESPONSIBLE WITH MONEY TO INVEST AND SAVElittle Tayquan will someday thank Jesus his crackhead wino Momma gave him up to leave it to beaver ma n pa

  5. Ruth Lynch

    September 11, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    For those of us who only have opinions, I say until you foster or adopt a child nobody cares what you think. For the couple who adopted the two African American boys, thank you. We now have two of God’s little brown ,male angels who now are loved and have a great place to live.

    “What you do speaks so loud, I can’t hear a word you say.”

    As always, Love, Peace and Blessings to all my brothers and sisters in Christ.

    Ruth Lynch

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