Important information for Adoptive Parents

Many adoptive families are networking on their own in an effort to find a baby.  We care about our families and want you to share information we feel is helpful in their search and adoption journey.   Please be careful and diligent in verifying that your networking contacts are legitimate, legal, compliant and ethical.  There are individuals/groups, professionals and even some attorneys in the United States who are utilizing questionable practices and violating U.S. adoption law as well as international adoption law.  Consequences of such practices vary, however, we know they are heartbreaking and expensive.

As an adoptive parent, you can reduce your risk by

  • Reaching out to your adoption agency caseworker for their experience with the other contacts
  • Researching the additional resources through reviews
  • Agency/attorney background checks and
  • Educating yourself on the right questions to ask
  • The Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (AAAA) is an organization of credentialed attorneys, judges, and law professors throughout the world who are bound by a strict code of ethics.  AAAA Fellows have distinguished themselves in the fields of assisted reproduction technology, adoption and family building. AAAA Fellows work tirelessly and ethically to create families every day and to assist those placing children for adoption, but those stories don’t typically make headlines.  Visit the AAAA website to find one in a particular state or around the world.

There is currently a story in the media that is worth reading.  We encourage you to read both articles.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/aaaa-reacts-paul-petersen-indictment-040000859.html

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/10/10/paul-petersen-adoption-scheme-arizona-how-big-operation/3932481002/

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your ANB program coordinator.