Adoption Swaps Violate Seldom-Enforced Law

A teenager with the initials Q.P. says her life became a nightmare when she was traded away from her adopted family in Wisconsin and sent to Illinois to live with a different family. She was a victim of "re-homing," a practice that allows parents to ship adopted children to different families found on the internet. Authorities say that re-homing is expressly illegal, but many courts fail to recall the law which bans the practice.

Q.P.'s parents regretted adopting the teen from Liberia when she became unruly and rebellious. Two days after posting a photo of her on an underground market for adopted children, the teen was signed over to a couple living in Illinois in a trailer park. The family seemed caring, but had they been researched Q.P.'s original adoptive parents would have discovered allegations of sexual abuse and reports that the family's two biological children had already been removed from the home.

Many online forums allow parents to re-home their difficult internationally adopted children. Most children are between the ages of 6 and 16 and are from locations like China or Russia. All the parents that are taking place in this re-homing process don't know that there is a law restricting this type of behavior. It is called the Compact on the Placement of Children.

This agreement requires that if a child is transferred outside of the family and into a new home in a different state, then parents must notify authorities in both states of the transfer. This way, prospective parents can be vetted. Unfortunately, authorities often forget about this law, and the compact is rarely enforced. A child might be removed from the new home if an illegal re-homing is discovered, but seldom are either set of parents punished for the removal of the child. If you want to learn more then you need to contact a San Fernando family attorney at Cutter & Lax today!