Though an adoption scam is rare, they do happen. It’s important to protect yourself, the birth parents, and the adoptee from an adoption scam.
This first part of this guide discusses what type of scams are out there. Scams are mostly assumed to come only from potential birth parents, but did you know adoption professionals and agencies have been known to scam hopeful adoptive parents? You must find a trusted professional to guide you and in turn, help protect you from adoption scams.
Asking for proof of pregnancy can be awkward, but in the end it’s just a way to protect yourself and nothing personal. You’re not accusing potential birth parents, but building trust between the two groups. Your adoption professional should be authorized to get proof of pregnancy from the doctor.
There are other red flags to protect yourself from adoption scams. This guide goes into discussing birth parents that only want to do things their way, background checks, and ways to conduct your own investigations ethically.
You’ve heard the horror stories of couples losing thousands because of a potential birth parent scam or an agency scam. Don’t let yourself get scammed. Prepare yourself by researching and knowing what you should look out for.
Have you been scammed in your adoption journey? What advice would you offer to other hopeful adoptive parents?