Tuesday Topic: Last Chance – Your Adoption Agency?

Tomorrow I will post your answers to the question:

Which adoption agency did you use, and would you recommend them?

I only have twelve answers and I would love to have many more. Even if you don’t have time for a long response, please send me the name of your agency and give it a quick yes or no. Of course, it is helpful if you have time to elaborate, but I know that time can be tight for all of us.

Leave your response in the comments of this post and I’ll add it to the others that I am saving for tomorrow.

Let’s try to help the families who are coming behind us on this adoption journey. Thank you, everyone!

Also, if you have a Tuesday Topic to propose, please leave it for me in the comments.

~Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

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  1. Paul and DeeDee
    October 19, 2009

    We used All God's Children International and I would recommend them to others. We have had a great experience with them and felt that for the most part they were reliable and kept the communication open and were available to answer our questions. For the most part, everyone I know of also had a great experience but I do know of two families that did not. I would say that every agency will have problems and that you need to make sure you are asking the right questions and not letting anything that seems questionable go without lots of discussion.

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  2. Joy
    October 19, 2009

    Adoption Avenues – yes I would recommend them and use them again – affordable ($13,000 for 1 – less for HIV), professional, excellent court record (about 9 out of 10 pass the first time, the rest pass the second time) Children are always 100% paper ready before referral and they do not add any rules that ET doesn't have – ie you can adopt unrelated, you can have a large family, you can be pregnant etc. Also, they work with a large private orphanage that has about 15 or more small satelite orphanages that feed into it, so there are ALWAYS children, babies waiting to come into the main orphanages in Addis to be adopted. On the down side, referrals are taking longer now (+/- 5 months) and the director is to the point, not chatty or warm and fuzzy.

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  3. Courtney
    October 19, 2009

    we are using America World Adoption Association. we are still "in the beginning" (working on our home study) but we have LOVED them so far…loved how they send frequent updates, have conference calls once a month, pray at the beginning of meetings and phone calls…just love how they care for us and the orphans hearts so well!

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  4. Donna
    October 19, 2009

    We used Plan Loving Adoptions Now, and no I would not recommend them too highly. Though we did not actually have any problem with our adoption, we have since heard from a very reliable source that none of our letters to our childrens birth mother ever reached her, nor did her letter, that WAS hand delivered to Plan, ever reach us. They have said they never recieved it. We are very sad about this loss for our children and their birth mother, especially since it was an older child adoption and the memories of her are very clear.

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  5. Anonymous
    October 19, 2009

    CHSFS-Yes!
    No agency is perfect, but CHSFS does a great job of preserving as much of your child's history as possible through a video lifebook–interviewing living family members and others who were important to your child's journey. Video of our son's family and first home is priceless–and to have them explain on video why they had to relinquish him and the love they have for him is worth the lack of communication that CHSFS being a very large agency is often guilty of.

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  6. Jennifer
    October 19, 2009

    We used Christan World Adoption for our first adoption and I would never ever recommmend them to anyone. There has been a lot of bad press on them lately so I don't really need to elaborate. We are using International Adoption Net for our current adoption and so far are very happy with them.

    Jen S

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  7. Anonymous
    October 19, 2009

    We used Faithful Adoption. I don't know if I'd use them again. I think they are honest. They were inexpensive when one considers the cost of international adoption. But in some ways we got what we payed for as far as service and support were concerned. After 3 years we have our two children home. We're glad to be through that part of our journey and as I made a photo album for our son this weekend I thought that now, in hindsight, some of it was fun and funny. At the time it was long and grueling! As parenting 7 kids sometimes still is! 😉

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  8. Carmen
    October 19, 2009

    Hi! I don't know if this will help many people, but if you live in Arizona and want to adopt domestically, Christian Family Care Services is wonderful and we would definitely recommend them. They helped us adopt two of our children.

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  9. christall
    October 19, 2009

    We used IAG/WPA and would NEVER, in a million years use them again unless there were no other options…

    Ever.

    I thank God every single day that our daughter has been home because not one of them is because of anything that they did.

    We were their 1st HIV adoption and we were very understanding and compassionate about the steep learning curve but ultimately we were told that our adoption was "too much work" and we were basically sent on our way…

    It's a long story – and I'm happy to share it, in the hopes that nobody ever has to go through it again.

    Christall

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  10. The Hull's at #4
    October 19, 2009

    Lisa, we used All God's Children Intl. and we had an incredible experience with them. We plan to go back for #2 this spring and will go through AGCI again.

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  11. Marissa
    October 19, 2009

    We have used and are currently using Adoption Advocates International. Would I recommend them? Yes, and I always do. That's not to say they are perfect. They've certainly frustrated me on a couple of occations.

    I've come to realize that when it comes to adoption agencies it's important to let go of the annoyances and look at the big picture. Ethics is by far the most important issue and AAI is certainly ethical.

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  12. waitingonhim
    October 19, 2009

    Our family is in the process of adopting a sibling group from Ethiopia. We just heard of our court date today! We are using Children's Hope International. We have been very happy with them. Although the adoption is not yet complete, I have been very thankful for their prompt response to any questions we have had. They are very professional and have been sensitive to the needs of an adoptive parent. I am sure I will have more to share once our kiddos are home.
    Thank you for all of the valuable information you share daily on your blog. I have been reading for months! I have been greatly blessed by your experiences and willingness to share them.

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  13. Ajay
    October 19, 2009

    We used Christian World Adoption for our first infant adoption from Ethiopia and are now beginning our second adoption with Christian World Adoption using their Hope Waiting Child program. Although there were a few bumps in the road concerning paperwork in our situation I would have to say, yes, I'd recommend them…especially in country. We enjoyed them as we share a God-centered heart for adoption,they are a large and well respected agency among Ethiopians. They had great communication with the orphanages they worked with and the children seemed loved and cared for. Con's to the agency is that I would like to see that they would be open to an HIV+ program, and be open to facilitating meetings between children and their birth family members when available. Please let me know if you have any questions about using this agency. Chadnajay@gmail.com

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