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Race and Market Values in Domestic Infant Adoption

28 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2010  

Barbara Fedders

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - School of Law

Abstract

For prospective parents seeking to adopt U.S.-born babies, white infants are the most in demand and, relatively speaking, in the shortest supply. Some domestic adoption agencies have responded to this mismatch by assessing higher fees for the adoption of white infants than for infants of other races. After briefly considering the historically prominent role played by race in the different forms of domestic adoption, this Article explores the ethical and child-welfare concerns raised by race-based pricing in private adoption agencies.

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Fedders, Barbara, Race and Market Values in Domestic Infant Adoption. North Carolina Law Review, Vol. 88, p. 1687, 2010; UNC Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1645880. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1645880

Barbara Fedders (Contact Author)

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - School of Law ( email )

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chapel Hill, NC 27599
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