Baby put up for adoption on Craigslist

Posted at: 06/04/2013 6:10 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

An ad that appeared on Albuquerque’s Craigslist page showed a child up for adoption. KOB Eyewitness News 4 wants to know if this is legal.

It appears to be an act of desperation. “Surprised, you know, worried about what would make somebody go to Craigslist to do that instead of going through some other agency,” said Annamaria Luna with the Children, Youth and Families Department.

The user mentions a list of requirements for those who want to adopt, but the ad has since been taken down after being flagged by Craigslist users. After 20 years working for New Mexico’s protective services department, Luna said this is the most bizarre thing she’s ever seen.

“People leave them. They do other kinds of things. I’ve never seen anyone post anything,” Luna said.

And a posting like this can be criminal too.

Instead of going on websites like Craigslist to offer your child up for adoption, there are websites that offer a list of safe adoption sites in New Mexico.

Luna said working with these agencies is the only legal and safe way to go through an adoption.

KOB checked with Albuquerque Police and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office and both agencies will see if the posting is legitimate. They will also investigate whether a child is really in danger.