Corruption causes countries and their societies to enter into moral and economic decay. Some examples of corrupt practices and abuses (source the
UNICEF-innocenti digest) include:
The abduction of children by a variety of methods, including organised kidnapping.
Identifying vulnerable expectant mothers - from poor families, unwed or single - and influencing them to give up their babies. Pressure may be exerted before the birth, at the maternity clinic or hospital, or in the adoption agency, which may house the mother until delivery.
Falsely informing a mother that her baby was still born or died shortly after birth so as to spirit away the infant.
Buying children from poor familes.
Payment for a child either directly to the family, the director or staff of an institution, or sometimes to the institution itself.
Offering women financial incentives to conceive a child specifically for adoption overseas.
Deliberately providing misleading information to the birth parents on the consequences of adoption, e.g. assuring them they will be able to stay in contact with their child, or receive news of the child after the adoption.
Providing false information to prospective adopters.
Accepting financial or material rewards from an adoption agency in exchange for children.
Falsifying documentation, e.g. birth certificates, consent of birth parents, etc.
Corruption of officials, judges in order to get a favourable decision, e.g. judges may accept false documents purporting to contain the consent of birth parents.
Seriously ill children e.g. HIV/Aids presented as healthy to prospective parents who would not have been prepared for the caring requirements.