Sterling Heights Adoption Fraud Lawyers
Adoption fraud is a horrible, unfortunate scam that, unfortunately, has happened to hundreds of parents across Michigan. Are you worried you may be a victim of adoption fraud? Our adoption attorneys have had the unfortunate experience of dealing with adoption fraud victims. These are intelligent, kind people who have handed over tens of thousands of dollars to someone who took advantage of their desire to adopt a child.
What Is Adoption Fraud?
Adoption fraud, also known as wrongful adoption, refers to any illegal act done by an individual during the adoption process for the purpose of financial gain. This may include intentional misrepresentation by adoption agencies, birth mothers, and even potential adoptive parents.
In some cases, adoptive parents think they will be given a child to adopt by its birth mother; however, the birth mother has promised the baby to more than one family in return for additional financial support.
Signs of Adoption Fraud
Here are some common signs you may be a part of adoption fraud:
- You are guaranteed a baby
- You are asked to pay immediately
- You are not given proof of pregnancy
- You are continually asked for more money
- You have a bad feeling about the adoption
- The birth mother is evading you
- You often have unanswered questions
While every birth mother’s life situation is different, if a birth mother is constantly avoiding you and missing scheduled calls or appointments, this could be considered early warning signs of fraud. Also, it is important that whenever a birth mother asks for additional funds, that you understand the reasoning. If there is a valid reason for an emergency expense, that is not necessarily a sign of fraud. However, if your birth mother asks for money at random times without providing you with much information as to why, this would be a cause for concern.
Ways to Avoid Adoption Fraud
Here are some ways you can avoid adoption fraud:
Consult with an adoption professional and adoption lawyer
This is one of the best ways to protect yourself from a potential scam. An adoption professional will be able to spot adoption fraud before it even begins. As they are familiar with the adoption process, they are also going to provide you with the safest, most effective way to adopt a child. An adoption lawyer will protect your legal rights as an adoptive parent. It would be devastating to adopt a child only to find out you made a mistake and are not legally its actual parent. An adoption lawyer will ensure this cannot happen.
Obtain proof of pregnancy
Before you decide to move forward with an adoption opportunity, you should first confirm that the birth mother is pregnant. An adoption professional can provide you with valid proof of the pregnancy. Valid proof means confirmed proof of pregnancy from a licensed medical provider.
Ensure payments to the birth mother are handled by your adoption professional/lawyer
You should not give your birth mother payment directly. All pregnancy and adoption related expenses should be handled by your adoption professional or lawyer.
Secure an Initial Consultation with an Experienced Lawyer at Our Firm
If you are seeking to adopt a child, it is important for you to pay attention to any warning signs of fraud. An adoption attorney can assist you with this process and how to determine what may or may not be fraud. In the event you require the assistance of a reputable lawyer, contact our firm online today. We promise to do our best to ensure your rights are protected.
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