If you decide to adopt a child, it goes without saying that you are ready to move through a detailed and comprehensive process to ensure the wellbeing of all parties.

Unfortunately, adoption scams are just as common today as they were in the past. Here are several warning signs of a scam:

— Request for money. Most scams are driven by money, so you should always keep an eye out for anyone who is asking you to send money upfront.

— Spammy email address, subject lines or websites. Reputable adoption agencies know how to communicate with potential parents in a clear and professional manner. This isn’t always the case with a scam.

— Generic message. Most adoption scams are powered by sending thousands upon thousands of emails. A generic message is a red flag that you could become part of a scam.

— Inability to get the other party on the phone. If the other person is not willing to speak on the phone, something is wrong.

At our law firm, we know that adoption scams remain a major problem throughout the country. For this reason, we do our part in staying current with these scams and the best strategies for avoiding them.

If you’re interested in adoption and if you don’t want to taken with a scam, learn more about the reputable agencies in your area. Along with this, don’t hesitate to consult with an adoption attorney who can answer your questions and walk you through the process from start to finish. This will put your mind at ease.