Brandon Family Law Center, LLC
Call for help

How to spot an adoption scam

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.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For a Response

Contact Us For A Consultation

No matter what's your family's need, Brandon Family Law Center has the knowledge and experience to help you. To schedule an initial consultation to discuss your case with the experienced and caring divorce and family lawyers at Brandon Family Law Center, email or call us at 813-438-7119.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Office Location:

Brandon Family Law Center, LLC

Brandon Office
1038 E. Brandon Blvd.
Brandon, FL 33511

Phone: 813-438-7119
Fax: 813-654-6830
Brandon Law Office Map

Tampa Office
601 N. Ashley Dr.
Suite 1100
Tampa, FL 36602

Map & Directions

Proudly associated with

  • Florida Adoption Council
  • IACP | International Academy Of Collaborative Professionals
  • BNI
  • The Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce