Open Adoption Scams Pt. 3: You’re Good, but Thankfully Not that Good

This guest post is by Leah B., a hopeful adoptive mother, This concludes our special holiday series on how to protect yourself from open adoption scams. Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

open-adoption-scamI feel pretty blessed I’m not writing “The Twelve Adoption Scams of Christmas” as I only have three to offer. But I’m sure that many other hopeful adoptive parents could add their own stories to my list.

This last scam was definitely the best of the bunch. Luckily for others, the woman behind it had a bad memory or was a bad record keeper or took too many drugs to remember which couples she has already contacted. Continue reading

Scam Stories Pt. 2: The “Nigerian Prince” of Open Adoption

This guest post is by Leah B., a hopeful adoptive mother, Part 2 of a special holiday series on how to protect yourself from open adoption scams. Read Part 1 here.

nigeria-adoption-scamOK, he wasn’t literally a Nigerian Prince.

We all know about the omnipresent spam email  “I’m a Nigerian Prince. I need $3,000. Please wire it into this bank account.” Yes, that one — the message we all wonder who the heck would ever fall for. Continue reading

The Three Adoption Scams of Christmas, Part 1

This guest post is by Leah B., an adoptive mother whose profile had been posted on our Find A Family page, part of a special holiday series on how to protect yourself from open adoption scams.

adoption-scamYou don’t need to have an advanced degree in human psychology to know that the holidays might not be so merry if, say, you’ve been on the waiting list to adopt a child for a while. This unpleasant fact is not lost on opportunistic adoption scammers.

This is my first holiday season on “the list,” and during the first couple weeks of this month I received three different types of scams. Two of the scams were pretty obvious, but one could have trapped someone. Continue reading

What’s The Best Adoption Advice You’ve Received And Other Answers To Your Adopting Questions

What’s the best adoption advice you’ve received? If you could change one thing about your journey, what would it be? What do you know about adoption now that you wish you had known before?

These are just some of the questions we asked prospective adoptive parents, families who have adopted or have placed a baby for adoption, and adoptees as part of a series our sister site runs every year during National Adoption Month called “30 Questions, 30 Days.” Continue reading