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…
Let’s start with what an adoption scam/fraud is. It’s when someone posing as a birth mother (or adoption professional) tells you that, with a payment, you can adopt a particular child. Sometimes, those posing as pregnant women considering adoption do it for emotional reasons. They’re looking for attention and friendship by sharing that they’re going to place their baby for adoption. What an adoption scam is NOT is a birth mother changing her mind about her decision. Adoption is a matter of the heart, so know that after she meets her baby her mind may change.
Lifetime Adoption fully screens potential birth mothers who contact us. This is the beauty of working with an adoption professional: we shield you by performing a pre-screen on all adoption situations. If you’re working on your own towards an adoption, you’re opening yourself (and your hearts) up to adoption fraud and scams. Our adoption experts have decades of experience in sniffing out what might be a scam.
We believe that as early on as possible, a potential birth mother should receive support and counseling. That way, she’s able to take a long look at all of her options, and it will make her more confident in her decision. If she didn’t receive enough info or support during her pregnancy, she could have issues when it comes to an adoption match. Lifetime provides all birth mothers with third-party counseling, free of charge. We also have peer counselors available to her; women who have made an adoption plan in the past for their child. If she’s not ready for the emotions to come, she could end up having second thoughts about her decision to place.
If you have already been the victim of an adoption fraud or scam, don’t give up! There is a child for you, and the road to find him or her continues on. Now is the time to make sure you’re working with an adoption professional who will aid you in evading a similar mistake in the future.
Founder of Lifetime Adoption, adoptive mom, adoption expert, and Certified Open Adoption Practitioner (C.O.A.P).
Since 1986, adoption expert Mardie Caldwell has been dedicated to bringing couples and birth parents together in order to fulfill their dreams.
“Many years ago, I was also searching for a child to adopt. We didn’t know where or how to get started. Through research, determination, and a prayer, our dream of a family became reality. I started with a plan, a notebook, assistance from a caring adoption consultant and a lot of hard work; this was my family I was building. We had a few heartaches along the way, but the pain of not having children was worse!
Within weeks we had three different birth mothers choose us. We were overwhelmed and delighted. Many unsettling events would take place before our adoption would be finalized, many months later. Little did I know that God was training and aligning me for the adoption work I now do today. It is my goal to share with our families the methods and plans which succeed and do not succeed. I believe adoption should be affordable and can be a wonderful “pregnancy” for the adoptive couple.
I have also been on both sides of infertility with the loss of seven pregnancies and then conceiving by new technology, giving birth to a healthy daughter. I have experienced first-hand the emotional pain of infertility and believe my experience allows me to serve your needs better.
It is my hope that for you, the prospective parents, your desire for a child will be fulfilled soon.”