Media, the Internet & Adoption

Untangling the Web II: A Research-Based Roadmap for Reform

A groundbreaking study by the Adoption Institute examines the historic impact of the Internet on adoption, finding that it's being widely used in an array of positive ways – but also is increasing commodification of children and commercialization by for-profit brokers, while enabling greater exploitation of pregnant women considering adoption for their babies and of adults seeking to adopt.

Author: Amy Whitesel, Ph.D. & Jeanne A. Howard, Ph.D.

Published: December 2013

Untangling the Web: The Internet’s Transformative Impact on Adoption

This examination of the Internet’s impact on adoption concludes that social media and other elements of this modern technology are having "transformative" effects – positive and negative – on adoption policy, practice and millions of people’s lives, while raising serious legal, ethical and procedural concerns that have yet to be addressed.

Author: Jeanne Howard

Published: December 2012