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Mirah Riben
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Adoption.com, solely owned and operated by entrepreneur, Nathan Gwilliam, is a money-making venture that provides resources such as blogs, forums and chats for anyone with an interest in any aspect of adoption - and does so for one purpose only: to support their advertisers who profit from adoption placements.
Neither the bloggers, nor their "editors" - who are paid by Adoption.com - apply any restrictions on attacks, libel or slander contrary to their own rules. They are rude to anyone who disagrees.

Parents and Professionals for Family Preservation and Protection is opposed to the purpose of this site, its advertisers, and its practices and urges all who are truly interested in preserving families to boycott Adoption.com and its affiliates.

The site exists to promote infant adoption to fill a demand by those who pay for babies thus commodifying children and often exploiting their mothers. Many of the advertisers are unregulated adoption businesses and facilitators, some of which have been investigated for corrupt practices. Their paying clients are prospective adopters, and therefore they deny expectant mothers informed consent, objective option counseling, and separate legal counsel.

The advertisings glamorize relinquishment with lies and coercion - such as photo listings of families seeking to adopt with phrases such as "find the perfect parents for your child" and do not ensure informed option counseling, legal counseling or any other protections for such women. Parenting ones own child is a right protected by our constitution and children's right to remain with their family is protected by UNICEF's CRC which states that adoption should always be a "last resort," not promoted for profit.

Adoption reformers who have been lured into using this site which profits adoption practitioners of questionable ethical standards need to stand on the side of ethics in adoption and boycott this commercial endeavor to capitalize on the pain of adoption losses while assisting in the increased proliferation of exploitation and corruption in adoption. This site promotes adoptions which permanently deny adoptees the right to knowledge of their families. Some promote so-called "open adoption" to lure expectant mothers without informing them that any such promises of post adoption contact are unenforceable and that states falssify birth certificates stating that the child was born to his adoptive parents. Original birth certificates are sealed from the adoptee for life in 46 states, so that if an open adoption closes - as many do - the adoptee has no way of knowing the truth of his birth and reunification may well be impossible.

We join and support an already existing boycott of Adoption.com by PotentialParents.com. Our support of the boycott against Adoption.com in no way is meant to imply support of any other goal of PotentionalParents.com nor the rights of gays, or anyone else, to adopt. Our interest in this is mutual only in boycotting Adoption.com.

The purpose of adoption is to find the best possible family to meet the needs of orphans and children needing permanent care, not to find children for anyone who wants one, thus, we do not support anyone's "right" to adopt a child. Supporting this boycott are:
Parents and Professionals for Family Preservation and Protection www.PPFFPP.org; OriginsUSA.org; www.AdvocatePublications.com; www.TwiceLost.org; www.BirthParentProject.org; ; www.FamilyPreservation.blogspot.org; AmyAdoptee.blogspot.org.; potentialparents.org
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Mirah Riben is a human rights activist with a focus on families, children and adoption reform. She is author of two internationally acclaimed books - "shedding light on...The Dark Side of Adoption" (1988) and "THE STORK MARKET: America's (more...)

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