Happy ending for Grain Valley family victimized by adoption scam - KCTV5 News

Happy ending for Grain Valley family victimized by adoption scam

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A Grain Valley family, who said they fell victim to an adoption scam, finally has a happy ending.

The Duckworth family welcomed their new baby girl, Indiana Sue Duckworth.

“We just feel like everybody’s home. We’re complete. She was the missing piece,” said mom Kristen Duckworth.

They adopted their 3-year-old son Ryker when he was an infant. They were excited to grow their family, but they ran into heartbreak along the way.

The Duckworths said an Arkansas woman agreed to let them adopt her baby. They coordinated through Adoption.com and got attorneys involved.

They thought everything was set, but they soon found out it was too good to be true.

“Every day she would start texting us and calling us and asking for more money,” said Kristen.

They found the woman and her boyfriend under a fake name on Facebook. Each time they’d send money to help her, they’d show off the cash and go on shopping sprees for expensive shoes and clothes.

They lost $8,000 in legal fees and support for this woman. The loss of the baby was even more devastating.

Missouri law allows a birth mother to change her mind about adoption, but the Duckworths think she never had any intention of giving up the child.

They are still working to pursue legal action against the woman, claiming she committed fraud.

Looking back now, they realize how tough the process has been on Ryker.

“We were so busy being so upset ourselves that we didn’t realize just how hard it was on him too,” said Kristen, “He worries about her every day. ‘Are we going to get to keep her?’”

Kristen said she’s thankful for Indiana’s birth mom, whose photo sits in her nursery. If it weren’t for her, their family would still be incomplete.

“The moment they put these kids in your arms, they’re yours and you just love them more than anything in the world,” said an emotional Kristen. “It’s amazing how fast you fall in love with a little baby that wasn’t yours.”

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