Adoptive Families Blog

5 Warning Signs It’s an Adoption Scam

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 6, 2017

Recently in the news was the story of a Tucson Woman Sentenced to Jail, Probation in Adoption Fraud Case. The scammer kept the births of her twins a secret, then pretended to still be pregnant in order to get money from a hopeful adoptive couple.

Lifetime Adoption wants to help you avoid such heartbreak. We've been proven to keep these very types of adoption frauds and scams at bay before they even get started. At Lifetime, we know that more education and awareness about adoption has proven to stop adoption scams and frauds before they can occur.  Our Founder Mardie Caldwell is an adoptive mother herself, and shares, "I know how emotional adoption can be, and keeping adoptive parents safe is key to our success."

Read on to discover 5 warning signs that you might be dealing with an adoption scam...

 

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Adoption Scams and How to Avoid Them

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 25, 2016

Recently it was reported that adoption scammers have been luring hopeful adoptive couples and then vanishing into thin air. You can read the full story over at Jezebel.com. Here at Lifetime, we take numerous actions to protect our adoptive families from frauds and scams. Read on to find out what we do…

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Topics: Avoiding Adoption Fraud and Scams, adoption scams, adoption fraud

Learning About Your Birth Mother

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 22, 2013

As a prospective adoptive parent, your main worry will be whether the birth parent you connect with (most likely the birth mother) will complete the adoption. Your first task is to confirm her sincerity in the adoption. This can be tough, especially if she is located far from where you live, making a face-to-face meeting unlikely in your early contacts.

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Topics: Talking to Birthmothers, Avoiding Adoption Fraud and Scams

When is it OK to Pay Adoption Fees Upfront?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 1, 2013

At our center and with many adoption professionals, the client pays fees when we begin working together, which is at the start. The professional is saying, “We are going to put our entire effort into this adoption.” In response, you are saying, “I am willing to make myself available to look at each of the birth mother situations you present.” If you have that commitment on both sides, the adoption will almost always succeed.

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Topics: Avoiding Adoption Fraud and Scams, Adoption Fees

Adoption Scams and Fraud

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 14, 2011

"A faith that can’t be tested can’t be trusted."
—Warren Wiersbe
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International Adoption Concerns Illustrated in Guatemalan Adoption Reversal

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 8, 2011

An eight-year-old girl is caught in the middle of an international adoption scandal, wrought with heartbreak for her biological parents, adoptive parents, and most importantly, the child herself. A Guatemalan judge ordered last week that the adoption was fraudulent and the adoptive parents had just two months to return the child to her home country.

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Flirting with Fraud: The Secret to Safe Adoptions

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 14, 2009

Adopting using the tools available online does not mean that you are going to sign up for a baby at a website and give them your credit card number. Rather, using your computer helps you:

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5 Tips to Avoid Adoption Scams

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 2, 2009

Adoption scams are painful and cruel for all involved. As the Internet is used more for adoptions, scams are becoming easier to accomplish and often go unnoticed.

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Watch Dr. Phil About Adoption Scams?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 23, 2007

Wow, watching Dr. Phil share the adoption scam stories makes me think of so many families that I have helped. Through the years, I have met so many people that have come to me, looking for help after experiencing similar scams.

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Topics: Avoiding Adoption Fraud and Scams

Adoption: A Step-By-Step Guide for Success

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 26, 2006

Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P, Founder and CEO of Lifetime will be teaching a course: Adoption: A Step-by-Step Guide for Success Topics covered will include:

  • What type of adoption is right for you
  • How to find a reputable adoption professional
  • Tips on saving time, money and stress
  • Where to find internet resources and access to information to expedite the process
  • What tools you'll need and where to find this important information
  • How to navigate the legal maze and avoid adoption fraud and disappointment
  • Determine if an open adoption is right for you

Whether you've already committed to adopting a child or you're still in the considering phase, you benefit from Mardie's trove of insight on finding the child that's right for you. Class is lecture-style format with a Q & A session at the end.

Solano College
Adoption: A Step-by-Step Guide for Success

March 24, 2007 2:00-4:00pm
Section #9028 Room 713 $39 registration fee, $10 materials

April 24, 2007 7:00-9:00pm
Section #9029 Room 736 $39 registration fee, $10 materials

Learning Exchange
Adoption: A Step-By-Step Guide For Success

March 6, 2007 6:30 PM-9:30 PM
Cost $39, materials fee $10

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Topics: Avoiding Adoption Fraud and Scams