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"Anatomy of an Adoption Crisis,", September 12, 2010

"The Baby Business," Democracy Journal, Summer 2010

"The Lie We Love," Foreign Policy magazine, Nov./Dec. 2008




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 Irregularities in Cameroon

Below are some news articles compiled by the Schuster Institute about adoptions from Cameroon.

“Internet Adoption Fraud Scams on Rise,” March 19, 2010, U.S. Department of State.

“Cameroon; Orphanages With Hidden Faces,” Elizabeth Mosima, September 16, 2009, Africa News.

Even though orphanages are expected to bring solace to children in distress, many people use orphanages as a short course to make money.

“Scams Warning,” Embassy of the United States: Cameroon.

Some of the most popular scams involve the adoption of children or animals over the Internet.  The perpetrators of child adoption fraud often claim to be indigent parents unable to care for a child or members of the clergy working at a Cameroonian orphanage seeking a good home for a child.

NOTE: This page from the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism website offers documentation of and background about serious irregularities in international adoption. For the systemic analysis of corruption in international adoption, please read “The Lie We Love,” Foreign Policy magazine, Nov./Dec. 2008, and visit our webpages dedicated to international adoption. For ideas about fairer policy solutions, please read “The Baby Business,” Democracy Journal, Summer 2010.

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