Avoiding Scams When Trying to Adopt
Millions of people each year decide to start the adoption process. Many of these people succeed and are connected with a child. Many people fail because of the fact that they did not meet the requirements, or they lacked the patience to stick through the adoption process to the end. However, there are a handful of people who do not succeed in adopting because they were scammed. When you consider adopting, the one thing that you probably do not consider is the fact that you could be the next victim of scam. However, it does happen – even in the world of adoption. Here, you will find many tips on how you can avoid scams when trying to adopt a child.
1) The first step to avoiding scams when trying to adopt is to be extremely selective when choosing an adoption agency to work with. You should research any and all adoption agencies that you are considering to ensure that they are who they say that they are. You must ensure that the adoption agency is sound, and is properly licensed. You can check the adoption agency at the Better Business Bureau, and many other places. You should also ask the adoption agency to provide you with a list of references. This will help to ensure that you are working with an adoption agency that is legitimate and professional. 2) If you will be adopting a child that has yet to be born, you should ensure that you have all the required information on the mother of the child, as well as a proof of pregnancy. Many times, potential adoptive parents are told that there is a pregnant woman who wishes to adopt her child out and they are expected to provide a number of expenses, when, in fact, there is no pregnant woman at all. If the adoption agency allows you, you may even request to meet the pregnant woman and speak with her directly. 3) In order to avoid scams when trying to adopt, you should make sure that you make copies of all documentation, conversations, names, and receipts for all transactions within an adoption agency. This will ensure that you can provide information in a court if it becomes necessary. Even if the research that you performed on the adoption agency comes back clean, this is a very important part of the adoption process. Proper documentation ensures your best interests in the adoption process. 4) The money that you issue to an adoption agency when trying to adopt should be contracted and part of the original agreement. You should not just hand out money if it is not documented. You should also be cautious of adoption agencies that are rude and expect you to issue immediate funds and answers to things of concern in your adoption process. This may be a sign that this agency is a scam.
As you can see, there are many red flags that may go up if you are being scammed when trying to adopt a child. Make sure you are aware of these red flags and take heed when one appears.