Giving up a child that you have adopted, but don't like, to new parents might sound like a TV sitcom episode, but it's a reality in the U.S.

There is an underground adoption network for unwanted adopted children that operates via online groups.

Adoptive parents post an online ad for the child, who is then given to new adoptive parents (strangers) without any safety oversight or background checks by Child Protective Services.

This bizarre practice is called "private re-homing," a phrase normally used by pet owners to find a new home for their dog or cat.

According to Reuters, there were 5,000 re-homing posts on a Yahoo message board and a similar page called “Way Stations of Love” on Facebook.

Legally in the U.S., people who want to adopt children must go through the courts and undergo a series of background checks.

People who practice re-homing are getting around the law by using a loophole by filling out a “power of attorney” form, which puts the adoptive child in the care of another adult.

Most of the children who face re-homing are usually between six and 14 years old. The kids are often from Russia, China, Ethiopia and Ukraine.

Source: Reuters