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Designer genes

When adopting children, is more information better? Or do we run the risk of searching for the perfect child?

It's easy to be shocked by the headline: "Ad seeks donor eggs for $100,000, possible new high." The February story told of an infertile couple seeking the ideal donor ova: that of a woman under 30, Caucasian, with "proven college level athletic ability preferred."

While forces in society turn children into commodities, seeking the perfect child, Lutheran and other adoption agencies find healthier, more faithful directions. Changes in adoption raise difficult challenges for birth parents, adoptive parents, agencies — and children.


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