Adoption is a wonderful option for those seeking to have children. Sharing your life with a child in need of a good home can be a positive experience for everyone involved. The decision to adopt is a momentous step. Parents making that step should be able to confidently carry out the process, trusting that they will ultimately get to bring their adoptive child home.
As hard as it may be to believe, there are people who are willing to take advantage of parents who are looking for a child to love. Adoption fraud occurs when a person or agency attempts to secure financial or personal gain through deceptive or illegal practices during the process of an adoption.
There are a number of ways in which adoption fraud may be perpetrated, which include:
- A woman who is pregnant solicits financial support from multiple families while promising them her unborn child for adoption. The woman may or may not intend to follow through with the adoption.
- A woman who is not pregnant represents herself as a birth mother and accepts financial support from a family hoping to adopt her newborn.
- An adoption agency accepts excessive fees for services not rendered
- The facilitator of an adoption fails to give prospective adoptive parents pertinent information about a child’s background.
These are just a few examples of fraud that bear out the importance of being extremely careful when looking to adopt a child. One way that you may be able help protect yourself from being victimized in such a manner is to solicit the services of a Texas adoption attorney.
An attorney can look at your situation and goals so as to provide you with advice on how to navigate the adoption process.