TODAY | September 09, 2013
>>> we are back now at 7:43 with a troubling nbc news investigation in partnership with the investigative unit at roiters. many of us know someone that happily adopted a child from overseas. but what happens when those parents aren't fully prepared for what's ahead. kate snow has more on that story. good morning to you.
>> good morning, matt. here's the thing about international adoption . you get into it and complete the paperwork and you have the approval of a judge. if child you adopt then is legally yours. just like a biological child . they're expected to raise the child as their own. they're not part of the foster care system. they're on their own. if you might remember a few years ago an adoptive mother put her russian child on a plane to moscow with a note pinned to him but what we have uncovered is what happens far more commonly. there's an underground universe online where they can easily find a new home for a child .
>> what happens to nora is known as rehoming but to her it felt like betrayal. as a 13-year-old with polio in a chinese orphanage she was thrilled to be adopted.
>> i was the luckiest girl in the world.
>> her parents grew unhappy with her and decided to rehome her. they found a family in tennessee and took her there on a road trip and never came back.
>> how were you feeling?
>> confused. hurt. felt like they didn't love me.
>> that's a really hard thing for a kid.
>> reporter: over 18 months, megan examined an under ground universe of chat room where is desperate adoptive parents post notes advertising available kids.
>> these websites are a place where parents can go to unload their unwanted adopted children and people can go to solicit unwanted children.
>> reporter: on one site alone they captured 5,000 messages.
>> she has a sweet disposition.
he needs a chance to start over: we need someone willing to take her.
>> reporter: that's one child advertised every week. once someone is interested they hand off the child with little or no paperwork.
>> sometimes that happens at a home. other times it's at a motel parking lot or truck stop .
>> a truck stop ?
>> yeah, simply a transaction between one family and another.
>> after learning about what they discovered on that one yahoo chatroom, i canthey shut it down within an hour and other similar sites. facebook has not yet taken action.