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State Lawmakers Discuss Adoption 'Re-Homing' Practices

Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:19:27 CDT
By: IPR's Tony Arnold

Illinois lawmakers are trying to stop guardians from using the internet to get rid of their adoptive kids - without any oversight. IPR's Tony Arnold reports:

A handful of House members is talking about "re-homing." That's when adoptive guardians who no longer want to care for the child - use internet message boards to find them new homes - with no formal foster care system. Last month - Reuters published a series on the topic - which included one Illinois family who solicited new guardians for a Liberian girl in their care. State Representative Sara Feigenholz highlighted the differences in Illinois restrictions between adopting a child and adopting a cat.
"I am prohibited from rehoming my cat. I'm prohibited. I've signed a contract. My cat, as Representative Flowers said, has many more protections than the children that we're talking about."

Reuters reports 70 percent of kids listed on a Yahoo! message board were advertised as being born in a country outside the U-S. The head of Illinois' foster care system doesn't know how many kids from Illinois are re-homed.

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