December 5th, 2007
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Just when you thought that you have seen and heard of everything imaginable, this story, about a baby being advertised for adoption on the popular website craigslist.com breaks out of Texas. It would seem as though someone decided to either trade their little one for cash, or to yank a lot of chains with a truly tasteless prank, either way no one is laughing.

The ad claimed that the baby was between 9-10 months old, as well as reporting that he or she was also healthy and calm. The ad also stated that families with approved homestudies were preferred, but other families could be accepted on a case by case basis. Anyone toss their cookies yet? If you haven’t quite tossed your breakfast yet in disgust, don’t give up hope, because it doesn’t stop there, it gets just a tinsy bit worse.

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What can be worse than someone placing an ad on a website offering to give away their child? How about the fact that there is nothing that police can do about it? That’s right police in Texas have stated that while the ad may be a tad bit morally nauseating, that is about all that it is and not against the law at all, as long as the ad was posted by either one of the child’s biological parents. While giving a cash exchange for a child is not legal in Texas, the ad did not come right out and say, ‘hey baby to the highest bidder,’ and therefore was not breaking any laws. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services also read the ad, but along with police found nothing to use in order to open up an investigation.

Emails that were sent to the writer of the ad were not returned, so either the baby has found a new family to call its own thanks to craiglist and its incredible selling power, or whomever decided to start such a prank has realized that not everyone has found their scheme as amusing as they did. Either way craigslist has thankfully removed the ad. Fans of craigslist are often heard exclaiming that you can find anything that you want on that site, and after reading this story, I am now sadly inclined to believe those who swear that you truly can find anything, absolutely anything, that your heart desires, for sale on craigslist, what a world.

10 Responses to “Baby Advertised For Adoption on Craigslist”

  1. getting old says:

    the really sad thing about all this…

    I have been to adoption agency locally who expect adoptive parents to pay medical bills, house, food, clothes, and sometimes even education expenses for the birth mom (is that not paying her???? )

    the price to adoption (upward $50,000 in some international adoptions) whats up with that?

    I’ve known people trying to find homes for their children and leaving the home wreckers of DSS out of it… and being told “no one wants to adopt a child like yours”

    so maybe the person was just looking for a home for their baby after trying to parent for a few months and not being able to do a good job at it…

  2. hslowe says:

    Personally I think it was a stunt to call attention to the horrible commercialization infecting the adoption industry. Why is it okay to advertise kids from foster care via photolistings but not an infant? Why is it okay to have infertile couples selling themselves via webpages? Why is it permissible to advertise to attract women in crisis pregnancies? All of it is unethical, IMO.

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  4. getting old says:

    I don’t think the way most social services play God is right at all… the more I’ve been apart of this and the years that go by…

    why not pile on the help, before removing a kid, and only remove the child to where he/she is going to stay…

    I think there should be some pro-life, don’t kill the baby, people would adopt him/her… or you really can get a lot of help parenting your child yourself…

    and then don’t get me started on bringing a very trouble child into your home and then being stuck with no support…

    I just wonder if she went to an agency before posting, or if it was just a joke, or what…

    I know one set of kids I had when I fostered, the mom really did try to place them for adoption, even one of them at birth… but she went to public agency instead of going to a private one, which might have helped her…

    I don’t think adoption should cost so much… I think if you are paying much of anything to the b-mom, it is not right…

  5. getting old says:

    does that make chask.org illegal?

    what about the rad underground for re-homing???

    don’t kids get posted at agencies all the time???

  6. neadopt says:

    It was a scam. These ads are all over the internet. Fake “baby for adoption ads” lure prospective parents in then take them for all their worth.

  7. dw says:

    What , is this a right wing blog or what , trying to make Craigslist look bad , I just saw the story on FOX and they couldn’t stop slamming Craigslist for letting this happen , They hate popular free non commercialism like Youtube and Craigslist , basically anything that the right wing doesnt control like TV and the newspapers. What if this ad had appeared in the New York Post , youy would never hear about it.

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