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Avoiding Adoption Scams
Recently, a man in California running a web site called Adoption International Program, took thousands of dollars from families who wanted to adopt children from Russia, Kazakhstan and the Ukraine.
The unsuspecting hopeful parents were encouraged to send $7,000 to $11,000 to “reserve” their child—as soon as the money was received, the child’s photo was to be removed from the site.
You know the adage “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is?” Those are wise words, especially when it comes to international adoption. You can keep yourself safe from emotional and financial harm by seeking out a reputable agency. Things to look for include current licensing by the agency’s state and a full roster of services, including education and training, help with paperwork and mediation or legal assistance. You should also ask plenty of questions about costs and what is covered. Make sure the agency will help you with travel plans to pick up your child and that there will be someone in the child’s home country to help you with the authorities as needed.
Always trust your instincts when it comes to adoption. If something doesn’t feel right, it’s OK to ask questions! [San Jose Mercury News]