Nathan C.'s review of Lifelong Adoptions, Inc.

Lifelong Adoptions, Inc.

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Complaint Posted 2/28/2021
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Lifelong Adoptions is a Scam
Our adoption journey began in 2019. In the years since we made the deeply emotional decision to pursue adoption, we have experienced both the expected and unexpected, sheer joy and devastating pain. Adoption is not for the faint of heart. At the beginning of our journey we chose Lifelong Adoptions, an organization that purported to be the "best" at facilitating adoptions for same gender couples, like us. They convinced us that our desire to become parents was safe with them. Unfortunately, the reality has turned out very different. In the months since we paid them the $16,500 fee they required, they offered us 3 prospective matches with birth mothers. All of these have failed because, each of them, it turns out, was as a scam. After the first two, we were confused and angered, but we kept believing and after long conversations with the organization staff we decided to keep trying. Within two days we were offered another prospective match. This one seemed to be "real". We were excited to began planning for the birth date. Then we got a call from the local attorney we'd hired to conduct the adoption. It was horrible news. The attorney had discovered that the gal LifeLong Adoptions "matched" us with, was scamming us. She had "signed up" with multiple adoption agencies, had been receiving support funds from several other families, and we were just another one of her victims. We were devastated. We had lost thousands of dollars. We again had long conversations with the staff at LifeLong Adoptions. We just wanted to get back some of the unused money we'd paid them, so we could move on. But, they refused. They had taken our money, knowingly left us exposed to scammers and thieves, then refused to return what money we had left. The pain and anguish we felt really cannot be adequately expressed in words. But we are very fortunate to be surrounded by people who care, and they encouraged us to still not give up. In fact, a few adoption professionals we'd met along the way in this journey recommended the we consider working with a different adoption agency, one reputable, and well known. Unlike the adoption "facilitator" we'd been duped and conned by, the other agency is an actual licensed adoption agency. We did our research, we talked about it, and then gave them a call. Our experience since then has been worlds different. We are supported, we are not lied too, they fully screen prospective birth mothers and work with them for weeks or months before they attempt to make a match with intended parents. This assures that we are protected, birth mom is supported, and most important, the child is matched with the right family. DO NOT TRUST LIFELONG ADOPTIONS! Find an actual licensed agency. The adoption process is extremely hard - for all involved. You need real professional help - from social workers to attorneys. Adoption takes time - lots of time and patience. Do not be lured by LifeLong's deceptively "cheap" rate and quick fix approach. You will pay for it.
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