In most cases, adoption helps bring a new family together. Adoptive parents go through a rigorous process to ensure that they are ready to bring their child home. Birth mothers can have peace of mind knowing their baby is going to a loving home. But sometimes, an adoptive parent’s hopes are preyed upon by someone with an ulterior motive.
A Tallahassee woman is now facing fraud charges after being accused of lying about a pregnancy to collect thousands of dollars from a woman who had already adopted one of her children.
According to local police and court documents, the victim sent $500 per week to the woman until just four days before the baby’s supposed due date. Now, she is warning parents to listen to their instincts when things seem off.
Red flags adoptive parents should watch for
Outside of working with an adoption attorney, the best way to avoid an adoption scam is to remember: if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
The victim in the story above had already adopted a child from the same woman two years earlier and was overjoyed at the prospect of adopting her son’s sibling. She told reporters she felt there was no reason to question the situation.
Someone who is running a scam might:
- Fail to return calls or emails
- Ask for living expenses without a contract
- Refuse to show you an ultrasound or sonogram
- Resist meeting with your lawyer or representative
The thought of being scammed is a scary prospect, but parents looking to adopt can rest easy if they have done their homework. By having a signed agreement with a birth mother from the start, they can avoid potential problems down the line.