Private adoption is a wonderful way for people to grow their families. Many honest birth mothers want to place their child with a loving family. However, there are dishonest people out there who try to take advantage of hopeful families. Victims of adoption scams are often left financially and emotionally distressed. If you are considering adoption, or you’re in the middle of the private adoption process, keep the following tips in mind to avoid fraud.
1. Know How to Identify an Adoption Scam
If you are new to the adoption process, you might not be aware of this kind of fraud. Usually, adoption scams occur when a birth mother has no intention of placing her child with a new family. In some cases, the birth mother might even fake her pregnancy. Scammers do this to draw financial support from the prospective family. Then, the birth mother withdraws from the plan, as she never intended to place her child for adoption.
Now that you know about adoption scams, you can take further steps to ensure that you don’t fall victim to them.
2. Build a Relationship With Prospective Birth Parents
When adopting, you should try to get to know the prospective birth parents. This process will help you determine how serious they are about completing the adoption. By getting familiar with the parents, in many cases, you can pick up on signs of dishonesty.
Birth parents who want to place their child in a loving home usually try to build a relationship with adoptive parents. If they are hesitant about getting to know you, this could be a warning sign.
3. Keep an Eye Out for Red Flags
You should watch for some other warning signs. Take note of any inconsistencies in the birth parents’ story. If they are dishonest, it may be hard for them to keep their lies straight. You should also be wary of direct requests for money. You should only transfer money through an agency to ensure the proper handling of funds. Above all, trust your instinct. If something looks suspicious, don’t be afraid to address it. You could be saving yourself a lot of pain down the line.
4. Choose a Trusted Provider
Perhaps the most important factor is that you choose a provider you know you can trust and who will assist in all the steps above. Destiny Adoption is a licensed agency serving Tennessee and Florida. We oversee every step of the process, from determining a birth mother’s commitment through relationship and consistent face-to-face meetings to facilitating the transfer of reasonable living expenses. And we do this all while watching for other red flags. We also offer extensive education and counseling for adoptive parents and birth parents.
Avoid Adoption Scams by Contacting Destiny Adoptions
To learn more about how our services can help your family, call or text 865-392-6261 (TN) or 727-202-8966 (FL).
The threat of these scams should not deter you from adoption. The number of successful adoptions far exceeds the number of successful scams. These tips can help you avoid a potentially devastating situation.
Author: Destiny Adoption Services
Destiny Adoption Services is proud to support and guide birth parents and adoptive families on the journey of adoption. We’re a state licensed nonprofit adoption agency with four decades of adoption experience, and our professional team of experts includes moms, adoptive moms and birth mothers who provide compassion combined with trusted resources and skills.