Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Adoption Scams and Fraud

"A faith that can’t be tested can’t be trusted."
—Warren Wiersbe

It is tragic that there are many people who use the name of our Lord to manipulate and cheat others. This world is full of rebellious and greedy individuals who will go to any length to make money. Sadly, Christian adoption is no exception. There are many people who use God's Word and talk 'Christianese' to dupe unwitting and desperate couples of their hard-earned money.

Some of the most common scams in Christian adoption are listed below, so that you can be wary of them in your quest to adopt a baby:

  • Adoption from African countries, especially Cameroon – Some couples try to adopt a baby using their own resources instead of an adoption professional. They unwittingly transfer funds to unscrupulous individuals and end up without a baby and a huge hole in their wallet.
  • Adoption of multiples – Some women claim to be carrying twins and triplets without sufficient evidence of pregnancy. If they refuse to get in touch with your attorney or adoption facilitator, that's a big warning sign. You must exercise caution in such cases.
  • Other Cases – Some other common means of scams include asking money immediately after sharing a very desperate and sad story, adoption professionals who advertise and 'shop around' for adoptive families, and adoption professionals who ask you to 'invest' money to show you to a prospective birth mother.
How Can You Avoid Such Scams?
Trust God to lead you to the child He has waiting for you. When you deal with innumerable frustrations and heartbreaks of adoption, you may be tempted to question the motives of every adoption professional and agency. This will leave you jaded and exhausted.

When you believe that God has a good plan for your future and is willing to take your hand and guide you through the bumpy road of adoption, it releases you to come under the power and protection of His grace, mercy, and love. Trust in God and His timing. Ask Him to give you the wisdom needed to see through such scams and make the right decisions at the right time.

Secondly, choose an experienced and reliable adoption professional to guide you through the adoption process and help you stay out of the traps of adoption scams.  If you have already fallen prey to a scam, do not give up!  There is a child for you and the winding road to find him or her continues on.  Now is the time to ensure you are working with an adoption professional who will help you avoid a similar mistake in the future.

Never give up – There is a baby for you!

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