Adoption fraud

Discussion in 'General Scam formats' started by aconway, Mar 24, 2007.

  1. aconway

    aconway New Member

    There have been problems in Guatemala and Samoa with adoption fraud. Apparently babies were being stolen from their mothers to be sold for adoption in Guatemala. This has been checkd by the Guatemalan government requiring a DNA test from both the birth mother and the baby to ensure that doesn't happen any more. I don't know much else about it, but there is a lot about it on-line I guess.

    The things that have happened in Samoa will make you sick. A man named Dave Wakefield has been indicted for over 89 counts of fraud in connection with a company named "Focus on Children" out of Wellsville, Utah and a town in Wyoming in the U.S. - the irony in the company's name could positively gag you - who has been living in Apia, Samoa. According to a local Apia resident he is well-known in the community for getting girls pregnant and then convincing them to relinquish parental rights to let the child be adopted to someone in the U.S. HE happens to work for the adoption company, so he is enriching himself by having fun making some illegitimate children and putting those children (and thier mothers who have very little income) into horrible situations. According to on-line news reports the "nanny home" where the children were supposed to be kept until their immigration and adoption paperwork was completed was an infested dump with little food or water, and less medical or health help available. Children were abused and malnourished. The prospective adoptive parents were discouraged from travelling to Samoa and visiting the nanny home while waiting to adopt in order to get to know the child, which is usually the reverse in most cases. Another person named Colleen in the Focus on Children 'gang' was also indicted for 89 counts of fraud. She apparently was connected with Mr. Wakefield and telling other parents in Samoa that their children would be removed to the nanny house and then taken to FOSTER parents in the U.S. for school. After their children then turned 18 they would be returned. This was not the truth. They were being prepared in the U.S. for adoption only and the adoptive parents found out about the scam, to their horror, after the "adoption" was finalized.

    Talk about seriously screwing up kids!!!! This happened in tons of cases with many kids and parents. If you are adopting ASK THE AGENCY TONS OF QUESTIONS about the process, the care of the children, opportunities to visit, accountability reports, and references. If any of your questions are glossed over, or the answers seems funny or are only partly answered beware! Don't give the company, or attorney, or representative any money until you have thoroughly researched their record and references on-line. Adoptive parents have a lot of options, so be persistent in your search. Good luck!
     
  2. The Doctor

    The Doctor Administrator Staff Member

    Interesting post. I hadn't thought of that one before.
     
  3. Gentle Giant

    Gentle Giant Giant Admin for a Day Staff Member

    I hadn't thought about it before either. We can only hope the laws of Samoa are of sufficient strength so as to give Mr. Wakefield a looonnnggg time to plan his next career move. Even better is if the Samoans are willing to extradite him. 89 counts of fraud: at least some of them would stick.
     
  4. Miyuki

    Miyuki Administratrix Staff Member

    If you are considering inter-country adoption please note that you will be under the laws of at least 2 countries, your country and the country of the child, in addition to any state or provincial laws which might also apply to your adoption.

    Some adoption is covered under a treaty called the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children in Inter-country Adoption (short name of treaty). You need to find out first if your country is a signatory to that treaty. If so, there is a designated regulatory agency in your country you need to contact. All adoption agencies in your country are supposed to be registered. Also, you may need to file immigration papers as well in order to bring the child into your country. The goal of the treaty is to protect children and adoptions.

    If you are thinking along these lines, you should first contact a reputable adoption agency in your country.
     

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