Child Laundering Law and Legal Definition

Child laundering refers to an act of stealing and selling a child to adopting parents under false pretenses. This illegal act is usually conducted by an adoption agency or adoption facilitator against the child’s will or the child’s parents will. For carrying out this illegal act, the perpetrator may hide or falsify the child’s details by manipulating the child’s origin to make the child a legitimate orphan. Accordingly, the perpetrator may also, may manipulate birth certificates, intake records, or records regarding the death of a child's parents who might still be alive.