Adoption Scams & Fraud

The truth is that most adoptions go well. The adoption professionals, birth parents, and adopting parents all act with the utmost integrity.

What if an adoption professional or potential birth mother is trying to take advantage of you, however?

“Many adoptive parents who experienced fraud recognized the seriousness of the warning signs only in hindsight. These families later acknowledge that they just didn’t pay attention to the red flags or hoped that, by ignoring them, things would somehow work out. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to get out of a bad situation or take steps to learn more if you cannot identify the red flags early on.”

Chuck Johnson, President, National Council for Adoption

This quote originated in the article Avoiding Adoption Scams authored by Hal Kaufman, the Founder of My Adoption Advisor, and published by the National Council for Adoption.

Be safe and take our Identify Red Flags & Avoid Adoption Scams course!


To decrease the incidence of adoption fraud you must:

  • Increase your understanding of adoption scams
  • Identify the early warning signs that something isn’t right
  • Take the necessary action to help ensure a safe adoption

Identify Red Flags & Avoid Adoption Scams

Educate Yourself and Adopt Safely

Sometimes it’s good to learn through experience. This is NOT one of those times. Regardless of whether you are pursuing an agency or private adoption, you must be able to distinguish between those adoption professionals and potential birth parents who are trustworthy and those who are simply trying to take advantage of your “I’ll do whatever it takes” desire to adopt.


Identify Red Flags & Avoid Adoption Scams

Course Description

You can blame the economy, greed, the Internet, or something else, but the unfortunate reality is that there are “adoption professionals” and “birth parents” out there who are trying to defraud you. The good news is that there are MANY more who are genuine, honest, and trustworthy. The challenge is to know the type of person you’re working with so you can avoid the emotional and financial pain that results from being defrauded.

The content from this course originates from adoptive parents who experienced fraud firsthand. The course shares with you what they wish they would have known when they were going through the process – what would have prevented them from being a victim of fraud.

You’ll learn how to identify the warning signs that something may not be what it appears to be. You’ll learn low-tech and high-tech ways to verify that what people are telling you is true. And finally, you’ll learn specific, practical steps that if taken, will dramatically decrease your chances of being defrauded.


During this course you will learn how to spot the warning signs that an adoption professional or a prospective birth parent is not being honest with you, as well as tips to increase your chances for a safer adoption. You will learn about:

  • 23 red flags associated with what we call The Unprofessional Professional, The High Risk Professional, and The “Too Good To Be True” Professional
  • 23 red flags tied to potential birth parents
  • 6 simple steps that if implemented, will decrease your chances of being defrauded

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