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Avoiding Adoption Scam

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Meghan McRoberts

OMAHA (KPTM)- Adopting a child is supposed to be an exciting time for parents wanting to have a family, but online scams are making the adoption process more stressful than enjoyable.

Kimberly Schrock, who has adopted one child and is looking to adopt another, is keeping popular adoption scams in mind as she is seeking her second adoption.

She explained, "I love adoption, because it obviously it gave us the opportunity to become parents, we have an amazing kid and I can not imagine life with out him."

Email scams vary from photos of sonograms, not from the actual mother. Fake birth mothers claiming they need money, or emails from fake prospective parents, also looking for money, and seeming desperate to adopt your child.

Schrock said that her knowledge from her first adoption will hopefully help others have a successful adoption as well. She began, "as far as selecting an agency, adoptive couples should look for an agency that doesn't require a lot of up front fees…"When you're talking to a birth mother, and she has some kind of emergency, ‘I need money right away', that should be a giant red warning flag:"

Never directly send someone money claiming to be a birth mother, send it through an attorney or other adoption professional. Schrock also recommends checking for references from agencies, "an agency should be able to provide you with a list of references, not just one or two."

Additionally, do your online research,"look into their better business rating, Google the agency, look for reviews that are online, they should have a physical address. If there's no where on the page where you can search for an address, you should be able to walk into that place." No address means that it is probably not a legitimate agency,

Schrock's best recommendation is to avoid online searching if possible. Find a local agency, because being able to show up at a moments notice holds the agency to a higher accountability.

For more tips on identifying a scam, from a legitimate agency, visit www.adoptionscams.net

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