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          Adoption Tips

          February 23, 2007

          If you’re considering adopting a child, you might be vulnerable to an adoption scam or other pitfalls of the process. Use the following tips from Kelly Kiser-Mostrom, author of The Cruelest Con, to help you avoid any roadblocks on your path to parenthood:

          • As an adoptive parent, think with your head, not with your heart.
          • Know the laws in your state because laws vary by state.
          • Realize that there are no promises.
          • Always verify information you receive about an expectant mom.
          • Always get a proof of pregnancy and validate that proof.
          • Beware of someone requiring money upfront, being pushy, wanting an answer right away, or threatening you will lose a match.
          • If you’re working with a professional, do a background check on them.
          • Save all documentation, every receipt, etc.
          • Every expectant mother has the right to choose not to go forward with an adoption plan.
          • Prospective adoptive parents must make sure their professional does thorough expectant mom screenings.
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