Internet Adoptions: Blaming the Messenger

The twins at the center of the raging international custody battle were quickly christened the "Internet Babies"--as if they were actually birthed by that great mother of modernity, the Net. But as tempting as it is to blame technology for the mess, it just isn't so.

True, both parents found the twins' questionable "broker" on the Internet. And they're not the first couples to get ensnared by one of the many enticing online advertisements for adoption facilitators. But before the Web, there were heart-wrenching ads in phone books and newspapers. And there was fraud too. "Abuse in adoption is not...

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