Adoption Agency Authenticity?

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-15-2009
Adoption Agency Authenticity?
1
Thu, 12-20-2012 - 10:44am

A woman in Indiana has been charged with 15 felonies and 16 misdemeanors after a two-year investigation found she was running two fraudulent adoption websites.  According to the article, she would accept fees from couples believing they were beginning the adoption process of being paired with a birth mother, but no adoptions ever took place.

http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/gary/gary-woman-charged-in-adoption-scams/article_73d9b678-05aa-5ee3-b24d-05ec3b4f72d0.html

How do you determine authenticity of adoption agents?

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-28-2003
Sat, 03-02-2013 - 7:08pm

these people must have a lot of nerves to do something like that..... usually some go to various websites and message boards to share info or find info on an adoption agency they maybe looking into.  Others may contact the Better Business Bureau.  You can also contact the state licensing agency in your state.  

I'm wondering though if all states require a license and at what point the license is required.  Services say for "adopting consulting" providing info to families and helping them thru the network of papers especially if you refer them to a specific agency for a finder's fee vs making statements like this person supposedly did and advertising something she didnt do

Suzanne

Single Mom with one son age 9 adopted at 2.5months from country of GA

Single mom to an internationally adopted son, age 9 3/4; adopted at age 2.5 months from country of Georgia; diagnosed with ADHD, ODD and developmental delay issues