Couples go online to adopt babies

Couples go online to adopt babies
Caly, a 20-year-old woman placed several online ads offering her baby girl up for adoption and asked for a small fee. She eventually received $8,000 cash.

SINGAPORE - More childless couples are turning to online forums to look for a baby. Dozens of posts on adoption can be found on various parenting websites.

Some women cited cost and the ease of mind as factors for taking their search online, reported The Straits Times.

One woman, who had e-mailed Caly after seeing her online post, told The New Paper that she was prepared to pay up to $15,000 for the baby. But Caly did not respond to her e-mail.

Dancer Jackie Othman, 38, said: "I am too old to have my own child and even if I could, I've always wanted a baby girl."

Another childless couple who had been keen on adopting Caly's baby said they wanted to avoid the long process of adoption.

The married couple of 11 years have given up trying for a baby after three miscarriages.

The wife, a 40-year-old car sales manager who wanted to be known only as Dawn, said: "My Dutch husband and I didn't mind having to pay some money - anything below $20,000 is reasonable for us."

They recently placed ads on one parenting website and three online classified forums, instead of approaching adoption agencies accredited with Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) or a commercial agent.

Dawn said: "The length of time (from five to seven months) from application to approval is too long. And this does not include the briefing we have to attend."

Since 2012, prospective adopters must attend a Pre-Adoption Briefing before identifying a child or beginning the adoption process.

An MSF spokesman said: "The steps in the adoption process are meant to prepare the prospective adopters for adoption and safeguard the interests of the child."

Dawn said: "I can understand the rationale behind that, but we just don't have the time."

Since their online ads appeared two weeks ago, Dawn said she has received about eight offers.

But only two women have asked for money.

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