In Arizona, one of the best ways to protect yourself from those unscrupulous individuals who prey on families who are looking to adopt is to make sure that you deal with either a reputable licensed local adoption agency and/or an experienced adoption attorney such as one of the Fellows of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. By doing this many of the “red flags” that pop up and which could be indicative of a scam may be recognized by these professionals so that you may be protected. Further, the mere fact that you are working with an experienced adoption professional may dissuade someone who is seeking to take advantage of you from even dealing with you.