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File Under T for Tacky

File Under T for Tacky

It's true that pregnant women hear a host of insults, veiled comments and put up with all kinds of strangers poking in their business. This story highlights the extreme case that we can't quite believe...

People go to great lengths to adopt a baby. They use adoption agencies, newspaper ads, online ads through Facebook and Craigslist, and of course overseas excursions to find third world children a la Angelina.

But have you heard of direct solicitation of pregnant women?

Last week outside of Seattle, a pregnant waitress expected to find a tip after two of her customers had finished their meal. Instead, she found a card which read, “We wish to adopt a baby. We are a caring, happily married, financially secure and loving couple. We want to share our joy and love with a child.” ABC news reported that the waitress, who was married but didn’t wear a ring to work, was outraged that the couple would just assume that she was some poor, unmarried waitress that couldn’t afford to raise a kid.

This definitely takes the adoption search to a whole new level. Pregnant women everywhere without wedding rings may be subject to adoption offers from strangers if this "trend" gains any momentum.

While we don’t believe that our readers would go this far, we do urge you to check out adoption laws in your state to see what kind of child seeking is allowed. Some states, like Massachusetts, only allow adoption through licensed agencies.

Do you have an adoption search success story that you would like to share? Perhaps you also used a somewhat nontraditional method. How did it go?

Posted: 5/29/08