Target: United States President Barack Obama
Goal: Tighten federal laws regarding the inter-state transferal of adopted children, and make it a federal crime for a parent to bypass these laws by re-homing a child via the internet.
Adopted children across the United States are often subjected to the dangerous practice of online rehoming. If a child’s adopted parent or guardian feels overwhelmed or harbors second thoughts about caring for their adoptee, they can post an ad on the internet and instantly re-home the child. In one case, a child was transferred from Wisconsin to Illinois in less than two days to a family she had never met. No child welfare authorities approved this transfer, and the child endured emotional, physical, and sexual abuse at the hands of her new guardians.
A recent report states that since private, online re-homings ‘often bypass the government, the only vetting of prospective families is done by parents who want to get rid of children.’ Adopted children, especially internationally adopted children from war-torn countries, can struggle with PTSD, depression, substance abuse, and emotional regulation. This makes them perfect targets for predators, who prey on both the children and the desperate families seeking to re-home them. The transferal of minors from family to family across state lines ought to be federally regulated, and guardians who transfer or ‘re-home’ their children without going through the proper channels and notifying the proper authorities ought to be charged with violating federal child endangerment laws. Tell President Obama to pledge to punish the families, forums, websites, and networks responsible for the illegal rehoming of adopted children to the fullest extent of the law.
Dear President Obama,
A terrible practice is occurring on American soil–the online rehoming of juvenile adoptees. Parents and guardians are bypassing federal child protection laws by meeting up on internet chat rooms, websites, social networks, and forums to transfer their children across state lines without notifying the proper authorities. The children subjected to online rehoming are often struggling with mental and emotional health issues, and this sort of traumatic experience, as one expert states ‘puts a dent in their well-being.’
Any person or group of people directly or indirectly involved in the online rehoming of children without proper approval from child-welfare authorities ought to be arrested on federal child endangerment laws. As one victim explains, ‘I thought I was coming into a nicer, safer place. It turned into a nightmare.’ Don’t let the American Dream turn into a nightmare for these adopted children. Take a stand against unregulated online re-homing today, and pledge to prosecute offenders to the fullest extend of the law.
[Your Name Here]
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