Adoption is a complex process, in which adoptive parents may be willing to spend substantial amounts of money to find a child to adopt. Unfortunately, this sets the stage for unscrupulous individuals to take advantage of both adoptive parents and birth mothers for their own financial benefit. Anyone considering adoption must be mindful of potential fraud and should work with only reputable adoption professionals.
What Is Adoption Fraud?
While adoption fraud can come in many forms, a recent case with ties to a Florida adoption business demonstrates one of the more common examples. According to an article from WPTV investigations, adoptive parents were promised children and allegedly required to pay tens of thousands of dollars in fees, even when there were no children to promise. Sometimes, multiple couples would be linked to the same birth mother. Other times, the supposed birth mother was not pregnant, or there simply was no birth mother.
The alleged perpetrator in this case, who is accused of committing adoption fraud across the country, has been arrested and is facing serious charges.
How To Protect Yourself From Adoption Fraud
In the WPTV article, an expert states that anyone could become a victim of adoption fraud because adoption is unregulated. However, there are laws and regulations in place in Florida. Adoptive parents and birth mothers both can protect themselves by choosing a trusted law firm that understands the laws, has decades of experience and has a long-standing reputation for building new families through the private adoption process.
For further peace of mind, people interested in adoption may also look for lawyers who are members of the Florida Adoption Council, which is an established, statewide association of adoption professionals.