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Because the potential for adoption scams and fraud exists nearly everywhere, there may be some security in using a domestic adoption agency to assure that you're not taken advantage of. As with anything else, if the promises made during the stages of the adoption process seem too good to be true, chances are pretty high that your gut feeling is accurate. There are ways to protect yourself, including knowing the law, asking the hard questions of the agency that you're working with and listening to the experience of others. If something does go wrong during the process, contact your attorney. If you don't have an attorney specializing in adoption, contact one. You will need a good advocate who knows the laws related to adoption. Contacting the Better Business Bureau as well as the Attorney General in the state in which the adoption is taking place is another way to seek to right the wrong.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|