Adoption,Wake County, North Carolina,Amazing Grace

I-Team: Uncertain future for licensed adoption agencies

February 3, 2017

RALEIGH, North Carolina (WTVD) -- Licensed adoption agencies in North Carolina are crying for help. On the heels of one Wake County agency's sudden closure, a director of a similar agency says they all face an uncertain future because of the rise of online - and unregulated - adoption centers. Stay on top of breaking news stories with the ABC11 News App "Babies have become commodities," Donnas Kinton, Executive Director of Amazing Grace Adoptions & Orphans, told ABC11. "What (adoption) then becomes is a business transaction." Kinton, who founded Amazing Grace nearly 20 years ago, says licensed agencies like hers are struggling to stay in business because pregnant women are choosing to give up their babies through independent facilitators. With fewer babies to pair, agencies such as Amazing Grace have fewer families paying to complete the adoptions, which keep the agencies afloat. "When I first started, we were pairing 20 babies with forever families every...

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