Factors That Affect The Child Welfare Information Gateway Listed Above

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Correspondingly, as we put a price on a child who is up for adoption, we objectify them by placing a value on their worth. According to the same Child Welfare Information Gateway listed above, “factors that can affect costs, include the type of adoption, type of placement agency or facilitator, and child’s age and circumstances” (“Child Welfare Information,” 2004, p. 2). For example, a healthy, white infant costs much more than a healthy black infant. We are putting a price on qualities these children cannot control; therefore saying some have better assets or more potential than others. Objectifying these children affect the way potential adoptive parents view them and which children get adopted, thus giving them unequal opportunities to become accepted into a family. Objectifying can also affect the way the child views himself or herself and their worth later in life. They must be sensitive to this issue as prices are considered and set for adoption. In addition, with adoption being so costly and complicated many have turned to buying children illegally through the black market. According to Costello (1973), “Many persons wanting a child but unwilling to wait several years turn to the black or gray adoption market. In the black market, legal procedures are bypassed, birth certificates are falsified and available children are sold to parents unwilling to apply through the normal channels” (Costello, 1973, para. 6). The process of adopting through an agency is so tedious,

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