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Linda J. Barnby

Linda Barnby’s Client Reviews

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  • 1.0 star

    Posted by a client

    I'm a birth mother

    I went through Linda by placing my son up for adoption. Now...if your a birthmother and considering giving up your child Linda is never to busy to take your call or in a meeting. I agreed on an open adoption . To get letters and pics a couple of times a year. Its been over two years since i have received anything. I have called her office and met with attitude and no returned phone calls. I generally wait a few months after I call to see if a letter will come...but nothing. I can't express the betrayal I feel. I was told by Linda when I signed my child over that if I had any concerns to call her . The only thing I want is what we agreed to . Pics and letters. That it. Is that to much to ask? And what about the adoptive parents here? Why haven't they sent anything? Linda apparently is to busy to return my calls and to busy to inform the parents to send what they agreed on. I gave them a gift...a human being....my son. They can't send updates and Linda is acting this way by not returning any of my calls? I am not being unreasonable here. Birthmothers beware. Your just dollar signs to this woman. Expect no support after she gets your baby.

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Tom

    THE ADOPTION PROCESS CAN BE STRESSFUL, BUT LINDA MADE OUR DREAM A REALITY

    Yes, the adoption process can be stressful and it may have moments of ups and downs. With that being said, I am so thankful intrusting Linda with our adoption. Her passion and commitment to both the birthmother and us overshadowed the challenges of the adoption process. We are so grateful and thankful to Linda and her staff. I am also thankful for a referral from a co-worker who used Linda for her adoption. Everyday I hold my daughter in my arms, I can not express the appreciation and gratitude we have for Linda. She made our dream come true!!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by a client

    Adoption in Orlando

    Linda and her assistant (Jody) were the best possible adoption lawyer service we could imagine. Not only did they match us with a great birthmother/baby, but they went above and beyond the normal course of what we would expect for their duties to ensure the mother/baby were safe in tough circumstances, and understood how important this adoption was to our family. They always proactively called/emailed us to ensure we were aware of next steps, concerns and educating us on the process. We found out about the selection in early September, and had the baby home by early October. The birthmother also thought a lot of Linda and her team and that made her very comfortable in working with us throughout the process. Extremely smooth and we can't thank them enough for their tireless efforts in a successful adoption.

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  • 1.0 star

    Posted by a Adoption client

    Terrible Experience

    Choosing to work with Linda Barnby was the biggest mistake we ever made. She matched us with a mentally unstable birth mother desperately in need of counseling - she did not offer counseling to this woman. The birth mother also had previous biological children removed from her care by the state, but Linda did not tell us this. Ultimately, the birth mother changed her mind about us and chose a single mom as the adoptive parent 3 weeks before her due date. Not only did Linda charge us for legal fees, but she included non-legal related expenses in our bill. For example, she billed us $300/hr for 5 hours while helping the birth mother find a bed. This adoption failed over 12 months ago and we have yet to recover any money from Linda. She has been unresponsive when we questioned her billing practices. We have had to seek additional legal assistance to recover a small portion of our money. Adoption is a difficult process even when you have honest, appropriately trained professionals to work with. Linda Barnby is neither.

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  • 1.0 star

    Posted by a Adoption client

    regrettable decision

    I worked with Ms. Barnby when I was first trying to adopt and hiring her was one of the most regrettable decisions I have made. She behaved in a way that was very dishonest and unprofessional. She made many decisions that left me unprotected from the birth mother. She did not act in my interest. I strongly do no recommend that you hire her.

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  • 1.0 star

    Posted by a Adoption client

    Disappointing

    I worked with Linda Barnby while in the process of adopting and I do not recommend her to other prospective adoptive parents. My greatest concerns with Ms. Barnby have to do with the way she handled the adoption finances. The birth mom that Ms. Barnby partnered me with ultimately changed her mind and decided to parent her baby. Unfortunately for me, the birth mother expenses were quite high, and Ms. Barnby opted to give money that was budgeted for the 6 weeks post delivery to the birth mom ahead of time. She did this without consulting me, and I was unable to recoup that amount once the adoption didn't go through. Ms. Barnby also elected to keep her entire legal fee in my case, even though the vast majority of legal work in the adoption (which was to be done AFTER the birth when parental rights are terminated) was never carried out. This made an already devastating experience all the more difficult. I would not recommend that any adoptive parent use Ms. Barnby's adoption services as in my experience, her lack of regard for me and my finances was very disappointing.

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by kristin

    the most perfect outcome

    Linda and team made my dream of motherhood a reality. I was connected with Linda in August 2013, matched in September, and my beautiful son was born in late October. I will be forever grateful to Linda and her staff for giving me a fairy-tale, happily-ever-after ending to my 2+ year journey.

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Rebecca

    Cant put into words our happiness!

    My husband and I started our journey 4 years ago with visiting fertility doctor #1. After months of unsuccessful treatments and heartbreak we moved on to doctor #2. Doctor #2 was convinced he could get us pregnant. 3 years later and still heartbroken we found ourselves wondering what our next step would be. We were so ready to be parents and the doctors had no answers for us. Friends of ours had adopted. We met for dinner and started our journey with adoption center #1. We developed our birth mother book, got our background checks done and completed our home study. We expedited everything so no time was wasted and then waited and waited and waited. The adoption center didn't call and wasn't very informative when we called. That's when a friend casually mentioned to a co-worker that we were trying to adopt. "Really?" he replied. I adopted my son and loved my attorney, your friends should try her. We received Linda's contact information. She was open and responsive to our call, answered all our questions and, importantly, was a calm in our multi-year storm. We had our initial call with Linda in July. We met our birth mother in September and our son was born in October. It was a quick end to our very long journey! Our birth mother was amazing, caring, thoughtful and open. For our initial adoption experience, it was wonderful and Linda and her team were there every step of the way. I don't think I can accurately capture in words how I feel about our adoption experience. I cry every time I tell the story. I had my girlfriends in tears at my shower. We're a family and we have Linda and her team to thank. The only thing we could think to add is adoption experience #2 with Linda and a little girl :).

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by a Adoption client

    Adoption isn't easy. Your attorney should be your advocate.

    Linda and her staff are the reason that I am a mother. Yes, Linda is a busy attorney but clients are not left without support. Her staff provides excellent service and ensures that all of your questions are answered in a timely manner. Linda is very experienced with adoption, birth parents and waiting families. During my adoption process, I felt she really advocated for me and worked towards a successful outcome for everyone.

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by a Adoption client

    Highly Recommended

    My husband and I adopted our son through Linda Barnby last year and our experience was nothing short of incredible. Linda and her assistant Jody were extremely knowledgeable about adoption and an invaluable resource to us throughout the entire process. If we decide to adopt again, we would not hesitate to return to Linda.

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