Two women duped in adoption scam
They gave thousands to pregnant mother but she kept baby, money
Published on Jul 6, 2014 7:41 AM
A young mother promised her baby to at least two different women she met online, only to change her mind after receiving $25,000 from the pair.
For one of the women, a 34-year-old engineer who wanted to be known as Jane, the likelihood that she has been cheated is both a financial and emotional blow. She has a nine-year-old daughter but has been unable to have more children after four miscarriages.
In January this year, she saw a posting by Anne (not her real name), a pregnant Singaporean housewife in her mid-20s, who said on a popular parenting forum that she had "huge financial difficulties and debts", could not afford another child and wanted to give her baby up for adoption.
Anne, married with a four-year-old son, asked for $30,000 to cover her pregnancy-related bills. Jane contacted her and agreed to give her $20,000.
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It is illegal to pay the birth parents for giving up their child for adoption, but adoptive parents can reimburse them for prenatal and post-natal expenses, including hospital delivery bills.