What are some of the ethical issues in domestic infant adoption? When you adopt a baby, how can you be assured that it is done ethically? Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility and adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews Ashley Kodet and Susan Myers, District Supervisors with Adoptions from the Heart Adoption Agency.


Highlights of the show (click to expand)
  • Expectant mother recruitment/ advertising by adoption agencies and adoption attorneys for expectant mothers.
  • Is it possible to advertise in an ethical way?
  • Why do many, if not most adoption agencies call an expectant mother a birthmother? How is that not designed to subtly enforce the outcome the agency wants to happen?
  • Expectant mother options counseling: How can agencies support all choices expectant mom’s make?
  • Are adoption agencies or attorney’s the right people to be doing adoption option counseling for prospective birth mothers or couples? Is there an inherent conflict of interest?
  • How can prospective adoptive parents help obtain pre-birth and post-placement counseling for birthparents?
  • What type of accountability is reasonable in terms of how long the wait will be for an adoptive family?
  • Is it ethical to charge less for an adoption of an African American baby than a white baby?
  • Is it ethical to promote open adoption when open adoption contracts are often not enforceable?
  • How can adoptive parents choose an agency that is respectful of the rights of birth fathers?


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