Victims: Adoption Web Site Is A Scam

GARY, Ind. (CBS) — Police say the victims come from all over the country — people who wanted to be parents, but now say they got scammed on an adoption Web site.

As CBS 2’s Pamela Jones reports, a Gary woman is under investigation.

The Web site sounds and looks pretty innocent, but alleged victims say Tinkerbell Adoption Consultants is anything but. It promises to be the place where dreams begin, but some licensed adoption agencies say the site is cheating families out of thousands of dollars in fees.

One adoption agent told her the situation makes her “very angry, very angry that someone could fraud a family who is seeking to build their family through adoption.”

The website lists details on pregnant women with their age, race and other information. It’s part of what Sheila Davis, of Heaven Sent Adoption Services, says attracts people to the site and gives them false hope.

Davis says she’s known about the woman behind the website since 2008. She has talked with families who say they’ve tried the site, which police believe has been running for the past year.

The victims say they paid thousands of dollars and got nothing in return.

“She hooks them with this mom has chosen you and you know you’re gonna have a baby and we need to get the paperwork and you need to send me the $5,000,” said Davis.

“Within a week of getting the money, even days with a couple of them, communication drops off. She told one of them that the baby had died,” she said. “I mean just horrible things. And these families have to rebuild after that.”

“Through investigations we determined that there were couples that paid more of a fee when they were identified with a birth mother,” said Indiana State Police Detective Jeffrey Matson.

This week, Matson served a search warrant at the home of the woman allegedly behind the site.

“We’re in the process of sifting through all of that for examination,” Matson said.

Matson says there could be countless victims from across the country. He hopes more states will launch their own investigations into the cases.

“What we have is three confirmed victims. It’s such an intensive investigation that as I was going along word of mouth spread that this suspect was under investigation,” Matson said, “And then I started getting more information on different victims. And because it’s an Internet-related crime, they’re all over the country.”

We reached out to the woman listed as the owner of Tinkerbell Adoption Consultants. We could not reach her, but police say they interviewed her.

Police urge people who want to adopt to check to make sure they have a business license in the state in which they’re matching families.

There is also a website that serves as a clearinghouse. You can find it at

Police say the woman behind the Tinkerbell Adoptions Consultants website does not hold a license in Indiana.

  • A

    Annie…you are an idiot. You seriously lack adoption education.

  • A Alfa Plumbing

    How sad… I am sickened by this behavior! They should be ashamed of themselves!
    I also agree that Annie’s comment is ignorant, educate yourself before speaking!
    I pray the families who were so horribly taken advantage of find what they are looking for!

  • Amy

    I hope they are able to find all of the people associated with this scam(& you can bet it’s more than just a few). A very harsh example needs to be made of them to discourage crimes like this. Couples have to remember to never hand over the money without proof and checking out the agency, but when you’re so heartbroken these criminals know what buttons to push. My heart goes out to all the victims. Annie, you are truly ignorant and need to stop talking. Now.

  • glib

    Annie, you are a gross horrible, illterate person. What you reap is what you sow. Wishing the worst on others will come back on you. How sad to be so dumb.

    • renee

      Took the words right out of my mouth! Annie you are an idiot, learn to think before you open your mouth. Waht you said was very offensive.

  • glib

    YOu are gross. You should be the one that was not brought into the world. Good luck with your ugly life.

  • sjd

    Annie is one of those clueless people whos response to not knowing something is to just pretend she does

  • BullDogg

    Annie you are possibly the most ignorant human I have ever had the distasteful experience of reading your comments. You sicken me. Read the article next time. There were no babies, don’t you get it Annie? I am surprised you were even able to get on a computer given your level of illiteracy and social ignorance. In the future, READ the article, THINK about what you want to say, and leave your prejudice behind when making a comment.

    • renee

      Amen BullDogg you said it best!!

  • renee

    Think before you speak! That was totally uncalled for Annie. Not all children are drug babies or HIV babies. Your ignorant to the fact and it is best if you just stay quiet. This website is a scam there are no BABIES!!!!!

  • Emily Burton

    Sheila Davis, I remember her from the “adoption circle”, what a horrible person to go to for advice about adoption scamming. According to her, anyone who chooses not to place their child with her company is labeled an “adoption scam”. I remember the big fuss awhile back of her even accusing the birthparents of her adopted daughter as being scammers because they would not place their other children with her.

    Nice story, bad source.

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