The truth is that most adoptions go well. The adoption professionals, birth parents, and adoptive family all act with the utmost integrity.
What if an adoption professional or potential birth mother is trying to take advantage of you, however?
Many adoptive families that experience fraud recognize the seriousness of the warning signs only in hindsight. These families later acknowledge that they just didn’t pay attention to the red flags or hoped that, by ignoring them, things would somehow work out. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to get out of a bad situation or take steps to learn more if you cannot identify the red flags early on.
Chuck Johnson, President, National Council for Adoption
This quote originated in the article Avoiding Adoption Scams authored by Hal Kaufman, the Founder of My Adoption Advisor, and published by the National Council for Adoption.
To decrease the incidence of adoption fraud you must:
- Increase your understanding of adoption scams
- Identify the early warning signs that something isn’t right
- Take the necessary action to help ensure a safe adoption
Our adoption training course – Identify Red Flags & Avoid Adoption Fraud – is the only on-demand adoption training course that teaches you how to best protect yourself.
An adoption scam occurs when someone deceives another party for personal gain. The perpetrators might be after money, but they may also be more interested in attention, love, or power.
Too many adoptive families that were victims of an adoption scam recognized the warning signs only in hindsight. Perhaps their adoption professional was not responsive to phone calls and emails and never sent promised information. Maybe the pregnant woman always tried to draw the family into her ongoing crises or subtly yet repeatedly asked for money.
When it comes to adoption fraud, the biggest factor working against you is your strong, “I’ll do whatever it takes” desire to adopt. Even if you realize that something is amiss with a particular situation, your deep desire to adopt may take over and cause you to emotionally rationalize what is happening. Don’t let this happen to you!
“Dig Deeper” means further researching the people with whom you are working. There are many low-tech ways to do this, such as interviewing adoption professionals in person, following up with references, and obtaining real proof of pregnancy.
Although the Internet makes it easier for scammers to find you, it also makes it easier for you to verify their intentions. For example, you can find past litigation online and leverage adoption forums. You can even extract location data (geotags) from digital picture files or identify someone’s general location from the IP address you find in an email they send you.
Identify Red Flags & Avoid Adoption Scams: Educate Yourself and Adopt Safely
Sometimes it’s good to learn through experience. This is NOT one of those times. Regardless of whether you are pursuing an agency or private adoption, you must be able to distinguish between those adoption professionals and potential birth mothers who are trustworthy and those who are not.
The content from this course originates from adoptive parents that experienced fraud firsthand. The course shares with you what they wish they would have known when they were going through the process — what would have prevented them from being a victim of fraud.
You’ll learn how to identify the warning signs that something may not be what it appears to be. You’ll learn low-tech and high-tech ways to verify that what people are telling you is in fact true. And finally, you’ll learn specific, practical steps that if taken, will dramatically decrease your chances of being defrauded.
You will learn about:
- 24 red flags associated with what we call The Unprofessional Professional, The High Risk Professional, and The “Too Good To Be True” Professional
- 23 red flags tied to potential birth mothers
- 26 high tech and low tech ways to increase your confidence that the people you are working with are being truthful with you
- 6 simple steps that if implemented will dramatically decrease your chances of being defrauded
You may access the video for up to 6 months from the date of purchase. If you ever find yourself needing more time, however, please just let us know. We will accommodate any reasonable request.