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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: February 15, 2019 09:22 AM
From: Representative Tina M. Davis
To: All House members
Subject: Private Transfer of Adopted Children

Sadly, there has been a recent trend of struggling parents who have adopted children – both internationally and domestically – using simple Internet ads to find new homes for their children with complete strangers outside of professional adoption services and the legal system. The re-homing process is not well-regulated and no federal laws prohibit this terrible practice.

As an example, on one Internet message board, children were advertised for re-homing once per week – the youngest being just 10 months old. Re-homed children often report being physically, sexually, or emotionally abused by their new parents. Pennsylvania must act to criminalize the unlawful transfer of care for children. The Internet has made it easy to buy, sell, and transfer goods, and we must protect adopted children from being moved in this underground market.

Only a handful of states have criminalized this process, so Pennsylvania has an important opportunity to be a leader on this issue. Join me in protecting children from the dangers of re-homing.