Avoiding Adoption Fraud
It may seem difficult to grasp the fact that there are individuals out there who attempt to exploit families wanting to go through adoption agencies by creating adoption scams. Sometimes individuals will create the fraud for money, popularity, to hurt someone intentionally, or any number of reasons. If you and your spouse are considering adoption for your family, then you too could easily be a target for adoption fraud.
Adoption scammers search through available profiles of couples wanting to adopt and they pick a few out to use their fraudulent ways on. They will try to get the family to come to them for their baby, saying that they can offer them their child for hardly any money at all. They attempt to give the impression that they just want to be good, decent people and give a couple the chance to be new parents. Unfortunately, some couples become enamored with the fact that they could be parents without having to contend with so much paperwork and costs. Then, once the money has been transferred, that’s the last they ever hear from the so-called birth parents.
Police and adoption agencies see this happening time and time again. Chances are, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Always work with a licensed agency when considering adoption for your family. If you are working with a licensed, professional adoption agency, you won’t run into issues like this. If you take your chances and try working and communicating with an unlicensed facility or just the birth parents, there’s a good chance you’re going to get scammed or ripped off.
Authorities say that if you are considering adoption and you have put your profile online for potential birth parents to see, you need to have some sort of tracking device on your site. Then, it is easier to track down any potential threats or scammers who try to get in touch with you.
There are also many web sites that you can check for information about current adoption scams that are happening in your area or around the country. There are many resources available to you for learning about adoption fraud. It’s important to keep yourself up-to-date with this information throughout your adoption process.
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