A passionate and revealing examination of the unethical processes taking place within the U.S adoption system today
Anne Moody has been the co-director of an agency specializing in infant adoption for the past 24 years. She is the author of The Children Money Can Buy: Stories from the Frontlines of Foster Care and Adoption, published in 2018 by Rowman and Littlefield. She is also an adoptive parent and both her professional and personal background inform her work as an adoption specialist who advises clients on all aspects of the adoption experience. Anne is a contributor to Adoptive Families Magazine, Chicagonow.com’s “Portrait of an Adoption” Series, Adoption.com’s Adoption Summit, and PairTreeFamily.com.
Anne’s book is a must read. With infertility on the rise around the world, we as a society are being forced to ask (and answer) some big ethical questions. Anne’s book does an excellent job of presenting some of the moral dilemmas we face in addition to exposing so many of the deeply rooted misperceptions that exist around adoption.
Anne Moody's The Baby Market is a passionate and revealing examination of the American adoption system. Moody, an adoption counselor and agency director for almost forty years, and an adoptive parent herself, offers us an insider's look into an appallingly broken network, as well as ways to fix it. Her book is essential reading for anyone hoping to create a just and corruption free process for all members of the adoption triangle; birth parents, adoptive parents, and adopted children.
With empathy, passion, and scrupulous logic, Anne Moody has drawn from her decades of facilitating adoptions to denounce a system that defies regulation and reform. Mountains of cash are turning American adoption into a heartbreaking, unethical, and inequitable mutation. She tells true stories of adoptions in which honest brokers did not stand a chance against scams, incompetents, and all-too-proficient profiteers who leave middle class parents no recourse but to spend their savings to compete in a top-heavy market on adoptions that may never come to pass.The Baby Market is an indictment not only of the adoption system but America’s subordinating children’s welfare to the marketplace. Moody not only provides a guide for prospective parents but solutions to the inequities that victimize everyone involved.
Anne Moody has a great depth of experience in the adoption field, and brings that to bear in the The Baby Market in a way that should be of great value to readers. Her book is critical and essential reading for anyone whose work touches on adoption, as well as for anyone considering adoption.
This well stated piece about the current state of adoption practice is recommended reading for families exploring their options.