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Facebook post offering 4-year-old for adoption investigated

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

A Facebook post written over the weekend and posted to a private group is causing quite a stir in Dubuque.

The message, posted to a group called DBQ Mamas, reads:

"I need some help. Does anyone know a family who would like to adopt a 4 year old girl. My parents adopted her but got new jobs and they have no time for her. I have 3 kids of my own and can not handle another. Serious inquiries only."

Lt. Scott Baxter with the Dubuque Police says they got several calls about the post, and sent an officer out to investigate.

The woman claimed it was all just a misunderstanding.

"She had no intention of selling the child or giving the child away herself, and obviously she wouldn't legally have been able to do that anyway since it wasn't her child," Baxter said. "She said her intention was to seek assistance from adoptive agencies."

She echoed that sentiment in another post, saying, "Let me rephrase. I'm not selling a kid, it was to help find adoption ideas. So calling the police to receive suggestions was ridiculous. She's safe and fine. So thank you for your help."

Melissa Anderson, Vice President of Clinical and Health Services for Hillcrest Family Services in Dubuque, says she was saddened by the post.

"One of the things that we strive for, that any adoption agency strives for, is adoption is intended to be lifelong, and is supposed to (foster) a lifelong relationship and connection," she said.

She added that while they don't normally work to find homes for children as old as this little girl, she is definitely interested in helping any way she can.

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