Joe and Becky Ketarkus said money was not a factor in how they approached adoption, but they said they were stunned to learn of a stratified fee system in which white children cost thousands of dollars more to adopt than black children.I've blogged more about the issue here. When did you first become aware of this stratified fee structure that values children according to their race? What did you think about it? Do you think it's an appropriate recognition of the reality of "hard-to-place" children? Or does it reinforce racism?
"It made me furious that free-market economics would be applied to babies," said Joe Ketarkus.
Beth Hall, co-author of "Inside Transracial Adoption," said race-based adoption fees are "inherently racist and unethical" but common. Such a system has the unfortunate side effect of discouraging some families of color from adopting children because they find the system insulting, Hall said.
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