What is Adoption Coercion?
Adoption coercion is any form of overt or covert pressure, manipulation, convincing, force, fraud, human rights violation, or withholding of services that results in a woman surrendering her baby for adoption, a baby whom she otherwise would have kept.
It includes any practice specifically designed and intended to ensure or significantly increase the odds that a mother will surrender her baby for adoption. It also includes any practice designed to restrict or remove a mother’s freedom of choice by the use of influence, persuasion, fraud, or duress. A coerced ‘choice’ is not a ‘choice’ at all. There is no “decision” where there is coercion.
Articles About Adoption Coercion:
- Adoption Coercion: Taking Away A Mother’s Right to Make a Decision
- Coercion Checklist for Mothers
- Coerced Adoptions: Evidence from Research