The Children Money Can Buy: Stories from the Frontlines of Foster Care and Adoption

The Children Money Can Buy: Stories from the Frontlines of Foster Care and Adoption

by Anne Moody

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Overview

The Children Money Can Buy covers decades of dramatic societal change in foster care and adoption, including the pendulum swings regarding open adoption and attitudes toward birth parents, the gradual acceptance of gay and lesbian adoption, the proliferation of unregulated adoption facilitators in the U.S., ethical concerns related to international adoption, and the role money inevitably plays in the foster care and adoption systems. Special attention is given to the practice of “baby brokering” and the accompanying exorbitant finder’s fees and financial incentives encouraging birth mothers to relinquish (or pretend that they are planning to relinquish) their babies that permeate much of U.S. infant adoption today.

The Children Money Can Buy illuminates the worlds of foster care and adoption through the personal stories Moody witnessed and experienced in her many years working in the foster care and adoption systems. These compelling stories about real people and situations illustrate larger life lessons about the way our society values—and fails to value—parents and children. They explore the root of ethical problems which are not only financially driven but reflect society’s basic belief that some children are more valuable than others. Finally, Moody makes a plea for change and gives suggestions about how the foster care and adoption systems could work together for the benefit of children and families.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

01/01/2018
As a young 20-something with a master’s degree in social work, Moody took a job as a child-welfare caseworker that introduced her to the world of adoptions and foster care, beginning a lifelong commitment that is chronicled in this compassionate work. Moody touches on the adoption sector’s ugly side, such as “baby buying” and profit-driven adoption facilitators. She takes care to counterbalance these negatives, however, by also detailing the positive changes that have occurred in the field over the course of her career. These include the increasing acceptance of “open adoptions,” in which birth parents are allowed to play some role in their children’s lives, and of same-sex couples as adopters. Throughout, Moody shares the personal experiences of many children and parents (whose identities are protected), some happy, some sad. The author also recalls her commitment at 13 to eventually become an adoptive parent, a dream she made real 23 years later. Moore’s experiences certainly inform her practical approach, which touches on subjects including how to talk about adoption with children and how adoptive families can present themselves to the outside world. For any family that has faced the difficult issues of adoption or fostering from any perspective, Moore’s book will be a valuable tool. (Mar.)

Shari Levine

Anne Moody’s insightful book captures the dynamic world of adoption. From her vantage point as a social worker and an adoptive mom, she provides compelling behind the scenes anecdotes that span state, international and domestic adoption. It’s a great read for anyone exploring adoption.

Rebecca Wells

Anne Moody’s writing helps open wide the heart. A perfectly arranged mixture of memoir and analysis, The Children Money Can Buy looks back over the author’s long career of helping people navigate the shifting and confusing landscape of foster care and adoption, and helps the reader draw valuable lessons from her experience.  Her stories are moving, instructive, and unforgettable, told in a voice that fills the reader with respect and trust.

Claire Dederer

With the tenderness of memoir and the reach of great nonfiction, Anne Moody’s The Children Money Can Buy examines the modern history of adoption from every angle. Moody draws on her own experiences to give us a book that is not just exhaustively researched, but personally lived. The result is deeply informative, yes, but also an intimate glimpse inside the adoption experience.

David Guterson

I’ve read a lot of books on adoption and the foster care system, but none by an author with the breadth and depth of experience Anne has…she presents a fair and well-considered view of the matters at hand, and her persona on the page is inviting and winning.  Anne’s work sheds new light on an important topic we rarely hear about. What Anne has to say stands a good chance to make this world a better place.

David Gutterson

I’ve read a lot of books on adoption and the foster care system, but none by an author with the breadth and depth of experience Anne has…she presents a fair and well-considered view of the matters at hand, and her persona on the page is inviting and winning. Anne’s work sheds new light on an important topic we rarely hear about. What Anne has to say stands a good chance to make this world a better place.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538108031
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 01/26/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 316
Sales rank: 1,112,250
File size: 854 KB

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