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I don't think parents were paid for unwinding their children. I don't remember the book mentioning that anywhere. Hopefully they include that in the movie. I should hope not because that would make more people, really greedy parents, want to unwind their kids. If they weren't paid then I think there would be some sort of a black market for getting paid to unwind your kids. Gruesome, yes, but some people today sell their kidney illegally.
The reason I ask is because I was trying to come up with more reasons for kids to be unwound, for fanfiction or something, I dunno, and one of the reasons I came up with that I thought was compelling and interesting was a kid who was unwound because his father was a gambling addict and wanted more money to gamble with.
Of course, on the greed issue, greedy parents would ALREADY want to unwind their kids because kids cost money to maintain. :P
If you want to go the money route for the Unwinding issue, you could have someone offer the parents a great sum for a part of their kid. If they're greedy enough, they'll take it. Whether or not that's illegal isn't said in the books, if I remember correctly.
Otherwise, StaHo kids get Unwound if there isn't any room and they have no special talents (like Risa); Tithes get Unwound at the age of thirteen so their parents can give back to God (like Lev); and kids like Connor get Unwound because they're trouble makers and their parents don't know what to do with them anymore. Think the kids in Juvie--they'll probably be Unwound. Then you might have the kids that get Storked and the Storked parents will take care of them until they're thirteen and then get them Unwound--it wasn't their kid to begin with, why should they have to be stuck with him/her? (And there are definitely people that think that way. No doubt in my mind.)
In reply to this post by Capitol Alpha Thought Police 1
I think that parents might not be payed, the government seems to be tight on money and they don't seen to care much about what goes on. I say this because the storking initiative was meant to get children into better homes so the state wouldn't have to deal with them. Just an idea, the book doesn't say much about it though.
As far as I can remember their is no financial benefit to Unwinding. But there could be and we're just unaware of it at this point. It could be talked about in UnWholly. But seeing as it was an agreement to end abortions I don't think they do.