Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Another one down!


Adoption Scam Lands City Pair in Prison for 27 Months

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeNovember 08, 2011
  • Western District of Oklahoma(405) 553-8700
OKLAHOMA CITY—Today, Serena Carol Mathews, 42, and Scott Thomas Smith, 34, both of Oklahoma City, were each sentenced to serve 27 months in prison by United States District Judge Robin J. Cauthron for conspiracy to defraud in connection with an adoption scam, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma. Judge Cauthron also ordered that Mathews and Smith each serve three years of supervised release upon their release from prison and be jointly responsible to pay $36,930.49 in restitution to their victims.
Mathews and Smith were indicted on June 22, 2010, where it was alleged that from November of 2010 to June of 2011 they conspired to defraud prospective adoption providers (i.e. law firms specializing in adoption and adoption agencies) and adoptive parents in order to obtain money. As part of their conspiracy, the defendants agreed Mathews would falsely pose as a pregnant woman who wished to place her child for adoption and receive money for expenses of the “birth mother” such as rent, utilities, food, and other personal items. Mathews received and filled out a number of adoption application forms using false information regarding her personal identification, the conception of a child, the identity of the “birth father,” and false medical documentation such as a positive pregnancy test, blood work, and ultrasound pictures of an unborn child. Smith created false documents for Mathews to use in this scheme, including Oklahoma driver’s licenses created in the false names used by Mathews and false rental leases. The defendants used the adoption providers to arrange meetings between Mathews and prospective adoptive couples who hoped to adopt a baby. The adoption providers entered into an agreement with Mathews to place her purported unborn child with an adoptive family and to cover certain expenses on her behalf such as rent, utilities and living expenses. The rent checks were to be made payable to her “landlord,” Scott Smith, who was not her landlord but rather her boyfriend.
On August 1, 2011, both Matthews and Smith pled guilty to the conspiracy. Following the sentencing hearing today, both defendants were remanded into custody to begin serving their 27-month prison sentence.
This case was the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Susan Dickerson Cox and Kerry Kelly.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Taking advantage of an expectant mom.

Just watched a young lady on Dr. Phil who was arrested for selling her baby.  I don't think she was telling the whole truth but she definitively was being taken advantage of.  She is a young single mom of two who found herself pregnant again, decided life for her baby and then an adoption plan.  Didn't catch how she met up with a same sex couple, males, who she chose as adoptive parents.  She stated they took her to an atty who suggested,,,,,,,"so you don't have to go through all the adoption crap,,just throw one of your names on the birth certificate".
This gals mom was ok with the adoption plan but her grandma wasn't. She was freaking out because she felt her great-grand child was going to strangers, so she made calls to authorities.  The investigation happen around the time baby was born,,LE found evidence of expense sheet and how much was paid out to mom, etc...........Apparently this John couldn't get a homestudy done because of his criminal background,,so he was skirting the law.  Here is this young mom who saw that she would receive funds for the next few months and probably a pay off in the end,,,guess she is at fault too.........she had to have known this was wrong.
I want to just shake these people!!

 In the end you will have a baby grow up as an adult and have a fake birth certificate and not have a biological fathers name!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Think please!!


Thursday, November 3, 2011

OK US of A and others who practice adoption in an unethical manner,,,follow suit!

Statement of apology - adoption at the Royal Hospital for Women and Scarba House

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As Australia’s first charity, The Benevolent Society has a long history of supporting the most vulnerable members of our community. It is because of this commitment that we wish to make a public statement of apology about past adoption practices we were associated and involved with.
The Benevolent Society has been involved in the care of women and children for close to 200 years, establishing Australia’s first maternity hospital, the Royal Hospital for Women in Paddington, which we operated from 1905 to 1992, and opening the Scarba Welfare House for Children at Bondi in 1917.  The Benevolent Society also ran an adoption service from Scarba House between 1969 and 1975.
While The Royal Hospital for Women had no official role in organising adoptions, we recognise and acknowledge that unmarried women in our care from the 1940s to the 1980s were not always given the care and respect that they needed during this difficult period of their lives and were sometimes coerced to give up children for adoption. We also recognise and acknowledge our involvement in arranging adoptions in the past through the adoption agency we ran at Scarba House.
The Benevolent Society deeply regrets past practices based on policies which, while influenced by societal attitudes of the time, we now know to be deeply flawed and damaging to many unmarried women who gave birth at the hospital.
The Benevolent Society apologises unreservedly for any pain, unresolved grief or suffering experienced by mothers, fathers, adoptees, adoptive parents and their families as a result of the past adoption practices of The Benevolent Society, the Royal Hospital for Women or Scarba Welfare House for Children.
In the context of a society that stigmatised motherhood out of wedlock and did not provide adequate financial, legal and psychological support for unmarried mothers, adoption was widely assumed to be the only possible option for unmarried pregnant women.
We now recognise that great damage has unintentionally been done to people’s lives as a result.
We now understand and acknowledge the deep grief that many mothers experienced after the loss of a child to adoption, and the lack of support available to manage their grief.
Through our extensive work with people affected by adoption over the past 20 years as part of our post adoption support services, we understand the intense shame and secrecy that surrounded past adoptions. What was done cannot be undone but, for many, lifting the burden of secrecy is an enormous relief and an important step towards acknowledging the grief they have carried for so many years.
We have been and still are in the position of being able to offer people affected by past practices specialised support to help them with their lives today. We will help anyone affected by past adoption practices to access assistance and support from the Post Adoption Resource Centre in NSW or Post Adoption Support Queensland.  Both services provide telephone support, specialist face-to-face counselling, intermediary services to assist individuals approaching birth relatives, and assistance in accessing adoption records.
We respect the fact that some people may choose not to access services from The Benevolent Society and would be happy to refer them to another appropriate service or counsellor.
We also suggest anyone affected by past adoption practices consider participating in the National Research Study on the Service Response to Past Adoption Experiences being conducted by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.
These practices were repeated across the country, and we believe the Australian Government has a unique role to play leading the nation in acknowledging these painful mistakes from the past and ensuring they are not repeated. We will continue to advocate for a formal statement of apology from the Commonwealth Government, for better access to specialist counselling and support services throughout Australia and for amendments to legislation to remove the barriers to people accessing adoption information.
We respectfully request that this apology be received in the spirit in which it is offered, as part of our commitment to assisting those affected by past adoption practices in their lives today and ensuring the mistakes of the past are not repeated.
For information or support dealing with adoption, visit Post Adoption or call 1800 303 593.
Media contact: Liz Lawrence 0410 003 934

More information

Back to Russia

In this article, you will read, probably already know the story if you are in the adoption world, about a little guy who was adopted from an orphange in Russia and adoptive mom couldn't handle all of his behavior issues.  Now the agency in WA. is suing on the little guys behalf, for child support.   Where were they for post adoption services????????????????????


A Shelbyville woman who put her adopted son on a one-way flight back to Russia is being sued for child support.
The agency that placed the 7-year-old Russian child with Torry Hansen filed suit, arguing that simply shipping the boy back to Moscow with a note pinned to his jacket does not terminate her parental rights.
Attorneys for both sides will meet at Bedford County Circuit Court this morning for a hearing that could stop the lawsuit in its tracks. If the court doesn’t grant the motion for dismissal, the case heads to trial Jan. 3.
Hansen made international headlines in 2010 — and derailed U.S. adoptions out of Russia for the better part of a year — when she and her mother placed her adopted son Justin on a plane to Moscow. In his pocket was a note:
“This child is mentally unstable. He is violent and has severe psychopathic issues,” the note reportedly read. “After giving my best to this child, I am sorry to say that for the safety of my family, friends and myself, I no longer wish to parent this child…As he is a Russian National, I am returning him to your guardianship and would like the adoption disannulled.”
Russia responded by barring U.S. citizens from adopting children — a ban that was only lifted in June.
The World Association for Children and Parents, an international adoption agency based in Renton, Wash., filed suit against Hansen on the boy’s behalf. Their attorney, Larry Crain of Brentwood, says the agency wants Hansen to pay standard child support — 27 percent of her salary as a nurse — as well as back payments from the past year.
“(WACAP) felt no effort was being made to impose any consequences on the mother,” Crain said. “We thought it was reckless to abandon him in this manner.”
Hansen avoided any criminal charges. At the time, Bedford County authorities said there was no evidence a crime had occurred in the local jurisdiction and no charges could be filed.

Russia watches closely

WACAP wants Hansen’s child support payments to go into a trust fund for Justin — now 9 years old, known again by his Russian name of Artyom, and still living in an orphanage. The agency is worried by the precedent Hansen might have set and argues that shipping a child return-to-sender is not a legitimate way to annul an adoption.
The agency, which screened Hansen, “feels morally obligated to this child,” Crain said. “He’s back in an orphanage, a different orphanage, and they’re not expecting that he’ll be placed with a family in the foreseeable future.”
Meanwhile, Crain said, Russia will be following the events in Bedford County closely.
“I think the eyes of the Russian government are on this case,” he said. “They’ll be anxious to see if indeed there will be any consequences.”
Hansen, who reportedly has moved to California, is being represented by Murfreesboro attorney Sandra Smith.
The Associated Press contributed to this report. Contact Jennifer Brooks at 615-259-8892 orjabrooks@tennessean.com.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

http://thecruelestcon.com/forum/  is a brand new forum/message board  Please register and keep up to date on the latest scams!!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Black market and adoption

Here you will find an article about black marketing babies in Spain from the 60's to 89.  http://www.businessinsider.com/spains-stolen-baby-scandal-2011-10
The setting may be Spain, but it is a story that might as well be the US.  As it has happened here too. Georgia Tann black marketed babies in this fashion from the 20's-50's and she is only one of those who did. There have been others who have done the same, such as http://colebabies.stormpages.com/ and today it has happened in surrogacy. http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/ma_and_pa_operation_5T6oMVXk5I15kVt6buVl6H

What do these all have in common? MONEY,,proof of the old adage "money is the root of all evil". Some see it as a "catch 22",,,I guess I do too. I'll explain my thinking.

 When my doctor announced to me that I would probably never be able to get pregnant again, the first call I made was to my mom. Not my husband because this news needed to be made face to face, and I had a real fear he would not want to stay married to me after hearing I couldn't produce a child for him. Geesh, looking back on the feeling makes me laugh,,,where did I come up with that thought??? My mom listened to my broken heart and  tried to cheer me up by saying "this is not the end of the world, you do have other options in which to become a mommy,,the only difference between you and that child will be your gene's".  I wasn't sold right away, as I truly did want to give birth again.  After a couple of years we started moving towards adoption to build our family. I jumped into it whole heartily, and absorbed myself 100%. I researched it, educated myself and truly understood what we needed to do. One thing that became very clear is we were going to need major bucks because long gone were those days where you just put your name on an agency list and waited. Back in the 50's 60's and 70's adoption didn't cost that much, and no one was profiting from it. Other then the black market scum buckets that is.  Now a days, potential adoptive parents have no choices but to pay $20,000-$50,000 and some times even more to do an adoption.

Although we never paid anywhere close to that, I have learned our adoptions were the exceptions, and when it came to us doing an adoption, it became extremely important for us to do an ethical and legal one. I never wanted to look in my children's eyes and have to tell them "we bought you".  But as I said before, 90% of the people have no choice in the manner. Because babies have become commodities.

So,  "If the money wasn't such a great draw in adoption" maybe these kind of scams wouldn't happen?  YES!! Will we ever be able to do away with it? Sadly NO!  We will continue to hear about these cases and the ones who were adopted will continue to be hurt by this. What is wrong with us?

Dear God, please forgive us  for the ugly we have allowed in adoption.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Oh how I love hearing from those who have been scammed!

The title sounds so horrible, but yet,,,it is so true.  Just heard from a couple who have been scammed and now they have a little one!!! What a celebration that is!  They have come "full circle" and now they have this little face they can look into and say to God, "Thank you,,this is the little one that was meant to be"  whooooooooohooooooooooo!!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Sorry I scammed, but am pregnant again and placing this time. I have changed!

Title says it all. I don't know how many times I have heard this.  The con artist tells me or others,,"really, I won't be doing this again, and even though I make an adoption plan I have the right to change my mind!"  The part that is true, is she has the right to change her mind, and a legit expectant mom should never have the right taken away,,,but it is the cons, who use this law, that makes it so difficult on the adoption professionals or potential adoptive parents.  Still I wouldn't want to see the law change.

Because of the funds paid out,,,sometimes with no proof of pregnancy, or first time meeting, these type of scams will continue to happen.  If everyone would just follow the laws, or not fall for the "I am homeless,sleeping in my car and need money to come to where you are" story,,,maybe just maybe we would have less fraud in adoption.

If mom is truly homeless, there is plenty one can do to help her. A lot of adoption agency's or professionals will go out of their way to help search out the proper resources for the mom.  They know how to do this and do it on a daily basis. They also adhere to their policy to turn away gals who call with such dramatic stories, because they know 9 times out of 10 it is a fraud. Why would they want to match their clients with such a risky situation?

There are times when a person who has scammed in the past truly does get pg and is searching out a placement plan, mainly because she may not be allowed to take baby home, baby may be removed from the state. And just because the baby will be born and placed, doesn't mean this gal won't bring on the drama, get all she can out of her situation, not stop until a couple of months after baby is born.  It takes a special kind of person to be willing to deal with her for a few months at a time, and that goes for the adoption professional too. Can't imagine what it would be like.  Had one gal who would do this,,,she did it through 4 pregnancy's. She would become matched, play those people for all it was worth, then state she wasn't placing after all and move onto new ones,,,continue this throughout her pregnancy. In the end, she would walk out of the hospital, contacting new people stating she gave birth and would like to place baby with them,,,but I need $'s and a few other things, and then when it was time to sign consent (which she held off on as long as she could) she would state "I don't want to place after all" and move onto another couple until authorities were contacted and she lost the baby to foster care or her mom stepped in and took one.  In the end, she was ultimately arrested and is now in prison,,,for about 10 more years.  Children are all doing well and in homes where they were wanted.

These stories sound far fetched at times, but sadly they are true.  All I can do is become a prayer warrior for those who have such sad, broken hearts, who  allow evil to overtake them

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Social Network scammers

First of all I do not want to come across judgmental and would like to say that I have been in the shoes of those who I am about to write about. Therefore, I do "get" what you are going through, where you are at, and how you are feeling.  Maybe writing this will be good for me, because we are at the end of building our family and I don't have to live in those feelings anymore. Sometimes one forgets the "pain" but it is not good to forget that it was painful.

When we were scammed, the person who said she was pregnant was very, very dramatic. One phone call was "I am bleeding", "I think I am loosing the baby" and yet another was "I just wanted you to know that I called 911 and am on the way to the hospital". That was super bowl Sunday, I will never forget it.  That night I received an email from "her friend" and it said the baby died.  In the end, through all my investigating, I found out there never was a baby. How do you tell your dd who was looking forward to a little brother that there will be no little brother???  How do you explain to her about this person who has a broken heart and wants others to feel her pain? How do you get past the feeling that you failed to protect your family and yourself from such a creepy person?  Why did I let myself get so caught up in her drama and allow my family to be pulled in?  Still makes me mad just thinking about what I allowed this sick individual do to us. Where was my "good sense"? And looking back on it, I sometimes think "Dear God Lynne what were you thinking????" Did you REALLY think it was smart to meet someone on the net, talk over the phone, share yourself and your life with her?

Why didn't I pick up the red flags,,,or maybe what I need to ask  is why did I ignored the red flags, my theory, like many others is  because she told me everything I wanted to hear.  She had the ability to turn the red flags into pink ones. What they say is "A con is a con because they are good at being a con" She did her job well.

While investigating scam in adoption over the years I have heard many stories such as ours. Some scammers don't go into a lot of drama, while others will play you to no end.  One such case that comes to mind is Belinda Ramirez from Texas. She had the family fly from NY to TX stating she was in labor, then gave birth, all the while not allowing them to meet her. She did it all over the cell phone.  Even when the couple were seeing red flags and warning their attorney's about them, they were told to move forward and keep working with Belinda.  At one point Belinda had the couple standing at the nursery window while she was on the phone with them, and telling them to look at the baby girl with the pink hat on, that is your little girl.  The truth was, Belinda was not pregnant, but was in the hospital for other medical issues...ya I know you would think mental,,right? In this case, this scammer was using a fake name, fake pics, fake ultrasound,,but was eventually caught, prosecuted, sentenced, let out, scammed again, then was convicted again and has to serve out orginal sentence.  I will never forget listening to the prospective adoptive mom tell me what was going on and all they had been through,,I had the hardest time understanding how someone could do this a human being and how come this family had protection of, not one, but two attorneys, and no one was able to stop this sick person from scamming this family and others.

Another way these cons are pulling off scams is using the social network sites.  On Facebook, for instance, the sad individual will set up a page stating she is looking for an adoptive family for her yet to be born baby.  She facebooks friends,,,, all these couple looking to adopt and then she post things such as "I am not wanting to go through an agency because they are taking to much of your money" or "thank you for being my friend and being patient while I ask you all questions"  She will literally set up a time line on how she will go about picking a family.  All the while pitting pap's against each other,,sometimes saying things like "you wouldn't believe how some of the people on here are offering me money to adopt my baby"..........PEOPLE ,,what you will find out in the end is either the baby died, she decided to keep and thank you all for being so nice to me, or her family member is adopting.  And with in the week,,,low and behold another expectant mom has set up a new FB page and you are invited.  The internet is an easy place for them to get pictures of people, ultrasounds, quilts they say they made, etc.........All the way through their con, you will not get to meet them in person, have the ability to verify their pregnancy, get them to sign paperwork, send in paperwork, meet with an attorney.

These are the hardest con artist to understand,,all they are getting out of it is your attention,,,how sick is that??    They are playing with a persons emotions and for some reason we allow it to be done to our self in the hopes that in the end there will be a baby.  BTW there are some people in the adoption world who do not understand why we would let ourselves get pulled into someone sick games,,or they say "that is what you get for thinking you can take another persons baby and call yourself mommy" ,they think we deserve it...,I just say to them,,,,,,,,count yourself lucky that you are not walking in those shoes.

Message I hope all of you pap's take away from this post is "Listen to your gut feelings", "if it is too good to be true, walk away" and "don't waste your time with those gals who stay behind a cell phone, or computer".

Friday, September 30, 2011

What to keep in mind if an Adoption Professional approaches you or post a situation.

When one is approached or finds a situation that is posted on the net, by some adoption professional, think about these things before sending money or laying your heart on the line.  Others who have had this experience, maybe you could add to this and we can share our knowledge for those who are new to adoption. Please keep in mind that this is SOME adoption professionals as there a majority who would never do this.
1. Know that the situation is probably posted all over the net, therefore you will be one of hundreds flooding their mail box. Especially if it is the "perfect situation".
2. .Even though they are in "desperate need to find a family to match with this expectant mom" it will not be that easy. If you are asked to overnight a signed contract and/or send a large fee, make sure you have another adoption professional backing you and also looking into the situation. Or simply do not do it. Never be pressured into a situation unless you are willing to put your adoption funds all in one basket.
3. Once you sign up, and have paid application fee you may have to pay a few thousands before being presented to expectant parent.  In all likely hood, you will never see this money again. Be prepared to kiss it goodbye.
4. Before you agree to send in funds, you  will receive little information about the situation, therefore you are unable to make the most informed decision, because now possible baby is being dangled. Information that you should expect about any given situation is the state where mom lives, when she is due, what kind of expenses does she need, is there medical information, where is dad, what kind of support does she have from her family, is there drugs, drinking involved, what kind of adoption does she want, has adoption professional met with her, has pregancy been verified, has she signed release of medical information, pretty much everything except for her indentity. Now is is not always possible for adoption professional to have this info on hand, but they should have most of it and be willing to share with you.
5. You may hand thousands to adoption professional, just to be presented and you would have a one in 5-15 chance of being picked. Here is where I think one should know what "bait and switch" means. When an adoption professional post on a group about the perfect situation, my radar goes up. An ethical adoption professional would never have to post that, they in fact wouldn't be posting alot of situations if they are in adoption and have a good reputation, and are not out for the big bucks. The only kind of situations you would see posted is truly the ones where they simply do not have the clientel which mom is looking for. That maybe full AA couple, or family that is willing to adopt a FAE/FAS or other special needs. 
6. You may be asked to sign a contract which states you agree too pay so much now, so much at match, and so many other fees.  Also it may state that if adoption fails you will receive NO refund and then they may say "you can claim your loss on your taxes" Last I read you need to finalize an adoption before you can claim all of it.
7. If match failed (in this case it could be if you are not matched with situation presented to you) your money is now tied up and if there is no refund and you may need to stick with this adoption professional for a year or so and will have to join others on their rematch list.  I have seen this happen many, many times and the family's stuck on the list have to sit back and watch these situations being presented on boards, groups etc...and are afraid to say anything to the adoption professional because after all, they have their thousands and by voicing a concern may get them at the bottom of the list, or off the list. How is one to know, because it is their list.

A great way to educate, and protect yourself, your clients, and others from being scammed, mistreated or in choosing the perfect situation for you. Check out the video on http://www.myadoptionadvisor.com/adoption-scams/!!!!! Thumbs up!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Good news! Or I think it is good news,,hope it is good news. Got an email from an Indiana Detective who is working on the Lynn Smith Ellis case,,he is waiting on a final vital piece of information and then we should hear that she has been arrested!  This investigation started in March 2011,,,longest one so far and in the end I believe FBI may get involve which would start the investigation all over again. Or if the State of IND. can come up with a good case against Lynn, it may be decided the states case is stronger and the punishment will be harsher then what FBI would be able to hand down.
Lynn Ellis  started out wanting to adopt and for some reason, unbeknownst to me, cannot go about adopting in the legal fashion in which one has to.  Number one thing a potential adoptive parent needs to start the adoption process is a home study. Since Lynn couldn't get one done she found an agency website who had posted a copy of a home study letter on their website, they didn't realize someone would copy and paste it, fill in their info and try and pass it off as a legit one . She then tried to pass it off with a few adoption professionals and  raised enough red flags and after they verified  some of the information on the h/s was false, came to adoptionscams for help.  It wasn't hard to find the web site and figure out what she had done.
I guess this gal decided since that didn't work she would hang her shingles as a facilitator, called her service Tinkerbell Adoption Referral Service, and try to lure in unsuspecting pregnant gals looking towards adoption.  One thing she didn't look into before setting up shop was that Indiana had just past a new law that outlawed facilitators in that state.  Or maybe she knew this info, after all she faked a h/s, and she didn't care if she was breaking the law once again.
While she spent time looking for a pregnant gal to work with, she was also collecting funds from potential adoptive families, and presenting them with a situations that we believe didn't exist. Should find that out once the charges are filed, as they confiscated her computer which she used to do her dirty work.  She would get everyone's hopes up and then in the end, baby either died, mom changed her mind or mom simply disappeared.  One pregnant mom, who she saved for herself, or was planning on "selling", did fly to Gary Indiana, where Lynn lives, to place her newborn for adoption with the Ellis's. Once she got there, she started to feel uncomfortable, also saw that Lynn wasn't ready for a baby and there apparently were other major red flags, so THANK GOD, this mom got on the next plane home with her baby.
Believe me, this is not the only person who try's to bring a baby into their home illegally.
The saddest part in all of this, is I am not so sure her husband knew what she was doing and she does have a teen daughter who will be greatly affected by her moms actions.

Here is one of the news stories on this case.  http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/03/30/victims-adoption-web-site-is-a-scam/

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

For the next couple of days I will probably post a few times on my blog. Have so much to say,,LOL.

Received this email and love it! So any of you in the NE,,pap's, ap's, sw, or Quad's who can make it, should go!  Adoption is all about the adopted person, the birthparent/s and very little about us adoptive parents (but we do have a huge responsibility towards our adopted person).  If at all possible openness in adoption is a MUST. It is very important to understand all the feelings, heart and soul of those who have the most to gain from knowing where they came from, why they were placed, where and how their baby is and when the adopted person is ready to ask questions, the answers should be readily available to him/her.  This makes for a much more "grounded" person.

Healthy relationships with birth relatives are a vital part of any open adoption. Continue the learning process about this and many other important topics at the

November Adoption Conference
In honor of National Adoption Month

Saturday, November 12, 2011
8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Assumption College, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA

Registration is now open at www.AdoptionCommunityofNE.org

This conference is sponsored by the Adoption Community of New England in honor of National Adoption Month and focuses on topics vital to prospective adopters and parents of children from foster care.

Workshops include:

Parenting Kids with Rough Starts
A Panel of Adoptive Teens and their Adoptive Parents
Is Transracial Adoption Right for Me?
Post Placement Issues and Services
Understanding the Effects of Trauma
Healthy Relationships with Birth Families
Come Celebrate My First Birthday
Why are Some Kids Disorganized, Unprepared and Impulsive?
Understanding the Development of Adopted Children

Have questions about this event? Contact the office at 508.872.2230 for more information.

Presented in cooperation with Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, Inc. (MARE), Adoption Journeys, Bright Futures Adoption Center, A Program of Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps, Inc., The Center for Child Health and Development, LLC, Central Massachusetts Child Trauma Center, LUK, Inc., Raade Communication Connections

2011-2012 Conference Planning Committee
Adoption Community of New England, Inc.
34 Deloss Street, Second Floor
Framingham, MA 01702
508.872.2231 FAX
While watching and listening to this news cast  http://www.ktul.com/story/15552861/muskogee-woman-accused-of-adoption-scam   because she is feeling the pain of placing a baby?? I would believe her if she hadn't also scammed when she was pregnant with that baby.   She had stated in another news cast that these potential adoptive parents pay out thousands to agency's why is it she didn't get any money, so basically, what she meant is, they took from me, now I will take from them.
Makes me wonder how she was treated when she placed her baby. Would love to hear that story! It still does not give her the right to do what she has been doing,,hope she gets some help, seems obvious to me what her issue is. And her mom is just wrong in her justification of Davanna's reasoning and actions.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Whoooooooohoooooooooooo!! www.adoptionscams.net is up and running again!  Still trying to set up the message board, but not sure it will work out. If not, we will then start a new one.  Was able to retain all the info from it, so it will be in our data base.  Contact me at lbanks8928@sio.midco.net

Friday, September 23, 2011

Davanna Dotson/Muskogee, Oklahoma

Well, here goes, first blog post!
For sometime now, a gal by the name of Davanna Dotston, goes by DeAmber Dotson has been contacting potential adoptive parents stating that she is pregnant, or has given birth (says sons name is Jeremy). She is not pregnant and has not just given birth and is playing the part of expectant mom for the purpose of receiving money.  There is a detective working the case now. Det Lynn can be reached at 918-680-3144.
This scam could have been shut down if 100% of the potential adoptive parents had insisted on gaining proof of pregnancy and then were able to verify it.  But this con artist was able to play into the pap's emotions and she said everything they want to hear, therefore some people jumped the gun and sent her funds. Don't know if anyone sent funds directly or not,,hope not, they need to use an adoption professional, whether it is an atty or adoption agency.
Davanna was also charged and convicted with doing this very same thing already,,,,,,,,grrrrrrr do they ever learn?


October 3, 2013

State drops adoption fraud charge

Move comes after woman admits guilt in federal court

State charges were dismissed against a Muskogee woman who pleaded guilty in federal court to wire fraud in a multistate adoption scam.

Davanna Dotson, 22, is serving 48 months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of probation. As part of a plea deal, she was ordered to pay $14,976.21 in restitution.

Muskogee County District Attorney Larry Moore dropped a felony charge of obtaining money by false pretense Thursday. He said eight other felonies were dismissed in September as part of the federal deal.

“We got our restitution through the federal system,” Moore said. “There was no use in trying to proceed on the same type of charges she’s also plead guilty.”

Dotson was accused of pretending to have a baby for adoption and persuading potential adoptive parents in other states to send money to her for diapers, transportation, car seats and other items.

The scheme involved families and agencies in several states, including Oklahoma, Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Ohio, Virginia and Texas.

Dotson was indicted in November. She pleaded guilty in December and was sentenced in August.

Because Dotson was convicted of a federal charge, Moore said, his office had been planning to dismiss charges on or before Dotson’s state preliminary hearing.

He said there was “no rush” to file the dismissal because Dotson is already serving her sentence.

Allowing the U.S. attorney to take the case Dotson also saved the state the expense of  continuing court proceedings and bringing in people to testify, he said.

Reach Thad Ayers at (918) 684-2903 or tayers@muskogeephoenix.com.