Medford Family Trying To Adopt Again After Being Scammed

A Medford family is opening up to NewsWatch 12 in an exclusive interview about their emotional experience being scammed out of time and money when trying to adopt a child. They want other families looking to adopt to beware of scams across the country.

Posted: Feb. 7, 2018 6:11 PM
Updated: Feb. 8, 2018 2:30 PM

MEDFORD, Ore.--A Medford family is speaking out tonight about their emotional experience being scammed while trying to adopt a baby.
NewsWatch 12's Eliana Sheriff sat down with the family in an exclusive interview...and finds out what they want other families looking to adopt to know.

Ryan and Autym Burke say they've always wanted to adopt and met a woman through trusted friends that works for a non-profit in North Dakota.

They say they did a lot of research and this woman seemed very credible.

They spent months believing they'd be taking this little girl home, only to find out the girl had a real mom who never intended to give her up, and the woman who was consulting them was a scammer.

This was heartbreaking as they'd already spent thousands of dollars in time and money preparing to welcome home a baby that was never going to be theirs.

Now they're re-opening their hearts to the process again-- this time with a reputable agency.

Ryan Burke says, "You know, you can never be too sure but it's worth it in the end, and you do get scammed and there is a failed adoption. That happens all the time."

Autym Burke says, "Ours was very unusual, I think it is always a scary process to go through, but we have faith in the lord that know what's right for us and that the right child is there for us and this was not right. We are going to move forward and trust that next time will be different."

To help the Burkes and to learn more about their story, click here.

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